Professor Stuart Irvine is Director of the Centre for Solar Energy Research (CSER) in the College of Engineering, Swansea University and is based in the OpTIC Technology Centre in St Asaph, North Wales; along with the CSER team.  He is one of the pioneers for deposition of II-VI compound semiconductors by Metal-organic Chemical Vapour Deposition (MOCVD) for application to thin film solar cells and advanced thin film materials for the opto-electronics industry.  This research has led to the publication of over 200 journal and conference publications and 10 patents. 


  1. & Interpretation of inverted photocurrent transients in organic lead halide perovskite solar cells: proof of the field screening by mobile ions and determination of the space charge layer widths. Energy & Environmental Science 10(1), 192-204.
  2. & Study of thin film poly-crystalline CdTe solar cells presenting high acceptor concentrations achieved by in-situ arsenic doping. Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells 194, 259-267.
  3. & Data on dopant characteristics and band alignment of CdTe cells with and without a ZnO highly-resistive-transparent buffer layer. Data in Brief 22, 218-221.
  4. & Enhancement of the photocurrent and efficiency of CdTe solar cells suppressing the front contact reflection using a highly-resistive ZnO buffer layer. Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells 191, 78-82.
  5. & A critical role of hydrogen sulfide evolution during MOCVD of single phase thin film tin sulfide using ditertiarybutylsulfide as a less toxic precursor. MRS Advances 3(32), 1849-1853.

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External Responsibilities

  • Director of £7.3m WEFO project SPARC II, Swansea University

    2016 - 2020

  • Chair of the IOM3 Energy Materials Group (EMG), Swansea University

    2018 - Present

  • Steering board member of the IWA project, Re-energise Wales

    2018 - Present

  • Member of the National Assembly of Wales, Climate Change Expert , National Assembly of Wales

    2018 - Present

Public Engagements


Editor: Materials Challenges: Inorganic Photovoltaic Solar Energy, RSC Energy and Environment Series, ISBN: 978-1-84973-187-4

Co-editor: Functional Materials for Sustainable energy Applications, Woodhead Publishing Series in Energy, ISBN: 978-0-85709-059-1