My research sits at the intersection of chemistry, solid-state physics and materials science, and is geared towards developing insight into the fundamental processes governing thin-film crystallisation and defect formation in solution-processable semiconductors. In this vein, my current focus is understanding the solution chemistry and colloid physics of halide perovskite precursor inks, and how the nature of these inks affect the crystallisation kinetics and optoelectronic properties of the resultant thin-films. Generating these insights will allow the field to further improve the quality of the existing materials, as well as provide important guidelines for developing new solvent systems and deposition modalities for of this exciting class of materials. The overarching goal is to leverage the fundamental chemical insights gained into practical applications, namely the development of high-performance perovskite solar cells and LEDs.
Dr. Nakita Noel
EPSRC Research Fellow
Materials Synthesis and Processing