|Job Advertisement:||ESR-3: PhD at Oxford University, United Kingdom|
|Topic:||Spin effects in Organic Solar Cels|
|Supervisor:||Prof. Dr. Moritz Riede|
|Application date:||Position is now available|
|Starting Date:||No later than 1 June 2017|
Spin Effects in Organic Solar Cells
Organic solar cells (OSCs) have the potential to become an environmental friendly, inexpensive, large area and flexible photovoltaics technology. Their main advantages are low process temperatures, the potential for very low cost due to abundant materials and scalable processing, and the possibility of producing flexible devices on plastic substrates. To improve their commercialization capacity, to compete with established power generation and to complement other renewable energy technologies, the performance of state-of-the-art OSCs needs to be further improved.
Our goals within the European Innovative Training Network (ITN) SEPOMO – Spins in Efficient Photovoltaic devices based on Organic Molecules – are to bring the performance of OSCs forward by taking advantage of the so far unexplored degree of freedom of photogenerated species in organic materials, their spin. Within SEPOMO, 13 early stage researchers from several different disciplines will be working on various aspects of this topic. The goal of our part here in Oxford is to provide an estimate of how much spin effects can enhance the performance of OSC. This will involve the fabrication of OSCs using vacuum deposition and exploring novel concepts to use triplet-triplet annihilation to improve the performance of OSCs. The made devices will be extensively characterised to compare standard and spin-enhanced solar cells. Furthermore, materials developed as part of SEPOMO by our collaborators will be combined with state-of-the-art devices.
Being an ITN Project, this PhD will involve several secondments to our partners. Currently planned are three months at the Technical University of Dresden, Germany, for learning about vacuum processing of OSC, three months at the Technical University of Chemnitz, Germany, for being trained in transient measurement techniques and finally, one month at K.J. Lesker in Hastings, UK, for training in advanced thin film processing.
To be considered as PhD candidate for ESR3, applicants interested in ESR3 must apply on both SEPOMO homepage and through the Oxford system. The details on the Oxford application process can be found at https://www2.physics.ox.ac.uk/study-here/postgraduates/condensed-matter-physics and http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/postgraduate_courses/apply/application_guide/ag_1_basics.html.