I am a final-year student on the Centre for Doctoral Training in New and Sustainable Photovoltaics, working under Professor Laura Herz in the Semiconductors Group.
My research focuses on investigating recombination dynamics in hybrid lead mixed-halide perovskites and novel metal-halide semiconductors. These materials have been shown to have excellent optoelectronic properties including high absorption coefficients in the visible range, large super-micron diffusion lengths and tunable band gaps. This makes them ideal for applications in thin-film solar cells, although challenges remain in making perovskite solar cell devices realiable and durable enough to withstand the decade-long performance periods expected in the commercial world. If these challenges are overcome, perovskites look promising for use either as stand-alone solar cells, or in combination with silicon in tandem devices.
I have an interest in renewable energy, climate change and innovation, and policies relating to them. I have written a blog post for my CDT on where solar PV research fits into the UK renewables story, available here(link is external).
For those interested in following similar topics, I would recommend the following pages/sites:
- Carbon Brief(link is external)
- PV Education(link is external)
- Financial Times report on the global energy transition(link is external)
- Auke Hoekstra(link is external) on Twitter (I don't have Twitter, but his is always an interesting feed to look at!)
- David Hone(link is external)'s blog at Shell