Showcase session

Towards the Scaling of Perovskite Photovoltaics: Developments and Challenges

Poster session: Houston, 28th October

Matthew Davies

Dr Matthew Davies


Dr Matthew Davies is a senior lecturer on the Sêr Cymru Solar initiative who joined the SPECIFIC team in 2011 helping to develop solid state and perovskite based photovoltaics.

Matthew’s research interests are in the areas of photochemistry, physical chemistry and solar energy. He is currently developing capabilities in the areas of photochemistry and photovoltaic device physics and stability through the development of a photochemistry and laser spectroscopy group at SPECIFIC, Swansea University.

Previously a SPECIFIC Technology Transfer Fellow in the research group of Dr Peter Holliman at the School of Chemistry, Bangor University, he is a co-inventor of a very successful method for the ultra-fast co-sensitization of SCs.  Matthew carried out his Ph.D studies between Swansea and the University of Coimbra, Portugal. During his time at Coimbra he gained experience of a very wide range of experimental techniques, mainly based in the area of photochemistry and photophysics.

Matthew is passionate about the promotion of science and the importance of developing renewable energy solutions. He has been fundraising for the charity “SOS Africa” for a number of years, and in 2012 he was given the honour of carrying the Olympic Torch in recognition of his work with SOS Africa and for work promoting science.

In 2013 he organised a large-scale, ambitious, outreach project across South Africa named “Catching the Light with the Rainbow Nation” which aimed to increase the popularity and understanding of chemistry. This involved a team of 16 scientists from the UK and Africa running scientific workshops for over 1000 children over two weeks across South Africa.

Poster session

Towards the Scaling of Perovskite Photovoltaics; Developments and Challenges

Matthew's poster will cover some of the developments and advances made at SPECIFIC as well as set out the key challenges that need to be overcome in order to manufacture, at scale, the most promising 3rd generation PV technology.

SPECIFIC is an academic and industrial consortium led by Swansea University with Tata Steel as the main industrial partner and supported by the EPSRC, Technology Strategy Board, the Welsh Government, Pilkington Glass and BASF.

It aims to develop functional coated steel and glass products for roofs and walls that generate, store and release renewable energy - transforming buildings into power stations.

In its first two years SPECIFIC has developed a full pilot manufacturing facility to enable the manufacture of one square metre panels of functional coated materials such as glass, steel, aluminium, plasterboard or wood, which can be applied to buildings at demonstration scale.

It will be located on Swansea University's new Science and Innovation Campus which is due to open in September 2015.

Catching the Light with the Rainbow Nation