PhD Studentship – Stable Perovskite Materials for Energy Conversion/Storage Applications

University of Surrey
Study in:UK
Deadline: 03 June 2018


Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Location:  Guildford
Salary:  Competitive Salary
Fixed Term
Post Type:  Full Time
Advert Placed:  Wednesday 10 May 2017
Closing Date:  Sunday 03 June 2018
Reference:  036517

Application Deadline: applications accepted all year round

Project Title: Stable Perovskite Materials for Energy Conversion/Storage Applications

Project Description:

A PhD studentship is available in the field of photovoltaic solar cells and optoelectronic devices, for the development of stable perovskite materials for energy conversion/storage applications. These systems will form the basis of new types of device structures incorporating nanocarbon materials such as carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and graphene.

Dr Wei Zhang joined Advanced Technology Institute at University of Surrey as a Lecturer in Energy Technology since April 2017. He completed his PhD at National University of Singapore, working on the solid-state dye sensitized solar cells. He then moved to Clarendon Laboratory at University of Oxford for his postdoctoral research, working on perovskite solar cells collaborating with Prof. (FRS) Henry J. Snaith. Dr Zhang’ main research interest includes high efficiency and low-cost photovoltaic devices, fabrication of various nano-structures (1D, 2D semiconductor electrodes, plasmonic materials, photonic crystals, anti-reflective coatings), and exploring prospective energy materials for solar cell and optoelectronic applications.

The ideal candidate would have an interest in energy materials and energy conversion/storage devices, with a good combination of experimental skills, and be willing to explore new research areas. Experience in inorganic synthetic chemistry, semiconductor physics, optical and electrical characterizations, nanofabrication, solution-processing of materials, flexible and printed electronics would be advantageous.

The position will be held in the department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, a leading UK department in the fields of nanotechnology, electronics fabrication and measurement. The University of Surrey has been named University of the Year in 2016. Supervising the work will be Dr Wei Zhang, photovoltaic materials and device expert and Emerging Young Investigator in 2017.

All Surrey PhD researchers are supported and encouraged in the development of their technical and transferrable skills through training and mentoring programs.

Applicants must have a masters degree or first class undergraduate (or equivalent) in Chemistry, Materials Science, Physics or Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the time of start of the PhD. The post is open for home-fee qualifying applicants.


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