Advanced materials for perovskite solar cells

Science and Engineering Faculty student topic

Study level

PhD

Master of Philosophy

Honours

Vacation research experience scheme

Faculty/School

Science and Engineering Faculty

School of Chemistry and Physics

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.

Supervisors

Professor Hongxia Wang
Position
Professor
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty

Overview

Solar cells using metal halides perovskite materials to absorb light is one of the most important scientific discoveries. These cells have the potential to provide cost-effective solar electricity in the future. In the last decades, perovskite solar cells (PSCs) demonstrated unprecedented progress towards this goal. This technology holds the world record for energy conversion efficiency and is comparable to commercial crystalline silicon, but at a much lower cost.

Currently their instability and use of toxic lead are key issues that restrict PSCs becoming commercialised. This project will resolve the stability and toxicity of PSC devices by designing new materials with:

  • better stability
  • tailored physical and chemical properties
  • reduced use or an absence of lead.

Research activities

This is a multidisciplinary project. You will work with a team of researchers to:

  • synthesise semiconductor materials including perovskite, electron transport material and hole transport materials
  • measure the physical and chemical properties of the materials
  • evaluate the performance and properties of the materials in solar cells.

Outcomes

This research project aims to:

  • understand the physical-co-chemical properties of the synthesised materials
  • unravel the effect of material structure and compositions on their stability under variable environment-based stress
  • fabricate efficient, stable PSCs by using environmentally-friendly materials.

Skills and experience

As the ideal candidate you should have an academic background in chemistry, material science or physics.

Research experience with solar cells is highly desirable.

Scholarships

You may be able to apply for a research scholarship in our annual scholarship round.

Annual scholarship round

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Contact

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