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Photovoltaics

Photovoltaics
Staff

Dr Luidi Jiang

Professor Thomas Markvart

Professor Marco Starink

There is a long standing activity in photovoltaics which includes both materials and systems research.  This work - which links the Engineering Materials and Energy Technology research groups - is described in more detail on the Solar Energy Laboratory webpage.

Research is carried out on structure-performance relationships in organic electronic devices fabricated using high performance novel organic materials.  The understanding of the characteristics of thin film formation of the researched materials is leading to better control of different deposition methods for organic electronic devices, and, ultimately, to superior electric transport characteristics for the fabricated devices.

There is research expertise in design and development of thin film electronic materials using cost-effective physical vapour deposition means for their exploitation in advanced engineering devices.

Current research comprises multidisciplinary projects including:

The group operates the STaR Photovoltaic Facility (originally part funded by the Department for Trade & Industry) and provides an input to new guidelines on grid-connection of PV generators. 

Collaboration

 The group collaborates extensively with colleagues in Electronics and Computer Science on the Supergen PV21 programme (funded by EPSRC, 6 other UK university partners).  External organisations involved with our research projects include:

Our research strengths

Overview

Structural materials performance

Photovoltaics

Nano and micro-electromechanical systems

Surface engineering, corrosion and tribology

Materials processing

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