Description of field of research:

In the world of solar cell research and development there is a gap between how we test laboratory scale solar cell materials and commercial devices. Indeed, the use of advanced spectroscopy used for materials developed in the laboratory often do not translate to an efficient real-world device.

In this project you will solve this problem. We have two potential projects where you will develop and apply a model to the results of one of the following laser spectroscopy techniques:

  1. Ultrafast pump-probe optical spectroscopy
  2. Sum-frequency generation spectroscopy

Training will be provided - so don't worry if you haven't seen these terms before!


Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering

Research areas


This project will suit a student who enjoys physics, electronics & photovoltaics, and colourful lasers.

You will work in a state-of-the-art ultrafast laser laboratory and fabrication facilities. Our research group is interdisciplinary, with 6 PhD students and 2 Thesis students. The project will be a combination of laboratory and analysis work.

  • Characterisation of new solar cell materials using ultrafast laser spectroscopy
  • Modelling which translates these results into predictions for real-world devices
  • Training in a range of new techniques