As part of SPECIFIC-IKC and the Sêr Solar research project, my research area focuses on solution processed photovoltaic materials and devices. My published work so far has focused on developing novel materials and processing methodologies to enable the production of low-cost flexible photovoltaics.

I am currently leading the creation of the Advanced Characterization of Devices Group through the SPARC-II project. The group utilizes frequency domain techniques such as Intesnity Modulated Photovoltage Spectroscopy (IMVS), or time resolved measurement such as Transient Photovoltage Decay and photo-CELIV to characterize carrier transport, recombination and mobility in photovoltaic devices, with a particular interest in quantifying loss mechanisms when increasing device size from lab scale to pilot scale, and in the characterization of degradation mechanisms.

I currently lead SPECIFIC's newest research activity on novel solution processable thermoelectric materials and devices and also lead a British Council funded Newton-Al Farabi partnership, working with a research group at the Institute of Physics and Technology, Almaty, Kazakhstan, to develop tandem silicon-perovskite solar cells.

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Publications

  1. & Ionic Influences on Recombination in Perovskite Solar Cells. ACS Energy Letters
  2. & High throughput fabrication of mesoporous carbon perovskite solar cells. J. Mater. Chem. A
  3. & Review—Organic Materials for Thermoelectric Energy Generation. ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology 6(3), N3080-N3088.
  4. & One-step deposition by slot-die coating of mixed lead halide perovskite for photovoltaic applications. Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells 159, 362-369.
  5. & Photonic flash-annealing of lead halide perovskite solar cells in 1 ms. J. Mater. Chem. A 4(9), 3471-3476.
  6. & Highly efficient, flexible, indium-free perovskite solar cells employing metallic substrates. J. Mater. Chem. A 3(17), 9141-9145.
  7. & Rapid processing of perovskite solar cells in under 2.5 seconds. J. Mater. Chem. A 3(17), 9123-9127.
  8. & (2015). Identifying recombination mechanisms through materials development in perovskite solar cells. , 1-3. doi:10.1109/PVSC.2015.7355675
  9. Charbonneau, C., Hooper, K., Carnie, M., Searle, J., Philip, B., Wragg, D., Watson, T., Worsley, D. Rapid radiative platinisation for dye-sensitised solar cell counter electrodes. Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications 22, n/a-n/a.
  10. Hooper, K., Carnie, M., Charbonneau, C., Watson, T. Near Infrared Radiation as a Rapid Heating Technique for TiO2Films on Glass Mounted Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells. International Journal of Photoenergy 2014, 1-8.

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Teaching

  • EG-185 Materials Practicals 1: structure / property links in metals

    This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the skills necessary to prepare materials for microscopic examination and to conduct standard mechanical tests. The course supports the Level 1 lecture courses, in particular the courses on Introduction to Materials (EG-180) and on Mechanical Properties (EG-184). The emphasis for this module is the development of practical, experimental, and scientific report writing skills.

  • EGA114 Chemical Engineering Science

    This module will introduce fundamental principles of thermodynamics, physical chemistry and mass transfer relevant to the course including: gas behaviour; properties of pure substances and mixtures; laws of thermodynamics and their applications to energy and state calculations; phase equilibria; diffusive and convective mass transfer; mass transfer coefficients and double film theory.

  • EGSM12 Applied Instrumental & Analytical Techniques

    The various research groups based in the department of Materials Engineering hosts a truly World-class suite of materials and coatings characterisation and analysis equipment. The module is designed to give an overview of all the techniques available to students during their postgraduate research.

Supervision

  • Degradation Mechanisms on novel organic coated steel products (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Prof Cris Arnold
  • Radiative dewatering in faecal sludge management (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Dr Ian Mabbett
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Dr Matthew Davies
  • Organic and hybrid printable thermoelectric materials (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Nicholas Lavery
  • Process-performance relationship in printable inorganic solar cells (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Trystan Watson
  • ''Encapsulation of solar cells'' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Dr Matthew Davies