Thermoradiative diodes represent the symmetric counterpart to conventional solar energy production with phototvoltaics, relying on the emission of heat from the Earth to the coldness of space rather than the absorption of the Sun’s light. But they rely on using mid-infrared materials and devices which cannot be characterized with the same techniques as conventional photovoltaic materials and devices. In this project you will extend characterization capabilities in SPREE from the visible and NIR into the mid-infrared, including external quantum efficiency and electroluminescence.

School

Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering

Research Area

Renewable energy | Emissive energy harvesting

This project will suit a student who enjoys physics, electronics & photovoltaics/renewable energy, and is especially hands-on and keen to build their own experiments.

SPREE is leading the charge of developing next generation renewable energy technologies, including emissive energy harvesting which will allow for nighttime power generation using technologies similar to that in solar cells.

The student will learn hands-on skills in experiment development, as well as electrical testing of devices, and coding via LabView/Python.