Changing the Colour of the Sun

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If sunlight was only one colour, then solar cells could operate with an efficiency of close to 75%. However, because the solar spectrum is made up of many different colours the maximum efficiency of traditional solar cells is limited to 34%. What if we could make molecular devices that engineer the solar spectrum to be more useful for solar cells?

The successful candidate will make molecular devices which promise to do just that. The project will then focus on the characterization of these systems using ultrafast laser spectroscopy and electron spin resonance spectroscopy.

The ideal candidate will have an undergraduate degree in science or engineering with a strong background in device fabrication, physics and/or physical chemistry.They will be interested in understanding how molecules interact with light and how they can be exploited for solar energy conversion.

Supervisory team
Murad
Tayebjee

Engineering
Photovoltaic & Renewable Energy Engineering
Timothy
Schmidt

Science
ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science
Dane
McCamey

Science
ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science
m.tayebjee@unsw.edu.au