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PhD in Engineering: Enhancing the stability of organic solar cells based on non-fullerene acceptors

Key facts

Application deadline 30 September 2019
Start date July or October 2019
Duration 3.5 years
Level of study Postgraduate research
Award type PhD studentship
Number of studentships 1

This fully funded PhD studentship (funded by School of Engineering, Cardiff University) will join a dynamic research team at the Magnetics and Materials Research group to work on a research project financially supported by EPSRC through the recently awarded “StableSolar-NFA” grant.

The project is in close research collaboration with leading universities including Imperial College London, Cambridge University and Swansea University, as well as industrial partners such as Eight 19 and NSG.

During the project you will work closely on highly promising next generation photovoltaic technology within a team of academics, postdoctoral and research graduate students. The primary focus will be on developing novel material and designs to enable the demonstration of high performance, low cost and stable organic solar cells based on non-fullerene acceptors.

You will be expected to develop profound fundamental knowledge of the material and device designs, operations and degradation mechanisms of organic solar cells, as well as develop skills in solar cell fabrication, testing and advanced characterisation.

You will also benefit from the regular visits and secondments to the academic and industrial partners, as well as building up experience and skills for careers both within academia and industry.

Contact

Zhe Li

Zhe Li

Lecturer in Energy Materials and Sêr Cymru II Research Fellow

Email:
liz75@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 9056

Funding details

Tuition fee support Full UK/EU tuition fees
This studentship is open to UK or EU candidates. International candidates may apply but must confirm that they are able pay the difference between home and overseas fees (approx. £15,000 per annum) themselves.
Maintenance stipend The studentship will cover UK/EU tuition fees, and provide a tax-free annual stipend of £15,009 per annum with annual increments.

Eligibility criteria

Residency Open to all students of any nationality without restrictions (UK/EU and International)
Academic criteria

Applicants should achieve 2:1 or higher in a relevant subject area e.g. physics, chemistry, materials, engineering.

Desirable skills will include some research experience in the subject area of semiconductors, solar energy and electronics, excellent English and scientific writing skills.

Candidates must have obtained their first degree before the programme start date. If English is not the applicant’s first language, then they must obtain 6.5 IELTS with at least 5.5 in each subscore (or equivalent qualification).

Contact

Zhe Li

Zhe Li

Lecturer in Energy Materials and Sêr Cymru II Research Fellow

Email:
liz75@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 9056

Applicants should submit an application for postgraduate study via the Cardiff University website including:

  • an upload of your CV
  • a personal statement/covering letter
  • two references (applicants are recommended to have a third academic referee, if the two academic referees are within the same department/school)
  • Current academic transcripts

Applicants should select Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), with a start date of either July or October 2019.

In the research proposal section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisors of this project and copy the project description in the text box provided. In the funding section, please select "I will be applying for a scholarship / grant" and specify that you are applying for advertised funding, reference ZL/PSE19.

We reserve the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.

Contact

Zhe Li

Zhe Li

Lecturer in Energy Materials and Sêr Cymru II Research Fellow

Email:
liz75@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 9056
Join us on Friday 5 July to find out more about postgraduate funding opportunities for September 2019.

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