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Funded PhD Opportunity

Advanced Materials for Next Generation Solar Cells

Subject: Engineering


The success of next generation solar cells depends on the development of highly stable devices with low-cost and environmentally friendly materials. Nanomaterials present highly favourable characteristics and the manipulation of their chemical composition can lead to interesting properties that include low bandgap, band alignment engineering, plasmon resonance etc.

The objective of this project is to investigate a range of novel nanomaterials for next generation solar cells. This will involve the synthesis of quantum confined and oxides with various techniques that allow the modification of their composition and doping. The work involves the materials synthesis and characterization as well as the development, investigation and characterization of solar cell devices. The candidate applying for this PhD project should have interest in materials science and engineering and in solar cell device physics. A solid background in materials science and organic/inorganic semiconductors and device physics is advantageous.

Essential criteria

  • Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) Degree or equivalent from a UK institution (or overseas award deemed to be equivalent via UK NARIC)


    Vice Chancellors Research Scholarships (VCRS)

    The scholarships will cover tuition fees and a maintenance award of £14,777 per annum for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance). Applications are invited from UK, European Union and overseas students.


    The scholarship will cover tuition fees at the Home rate and a maintenance allowance of £ 14,777 per annum for three years. EU applicants will only be eligible for the fees component of the studentship (no maintenance award is provided).  For Non EU nationals the candidate must be "settled" in the UK.

Other information

The Doctoral College at Ulster University

Key dates

Submission deadline
Monday 19 February 2018

Interview Date
Mid March 2018

Contact supervisor

Professor Davide Mariotti

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