Development of next-generation cost-effective, high-efficiency, earth-abundant environmentally-friendly solar cells

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A likely path for future PV industry development is to substantially improve silicon cell efficiency through a tandem-cell design where a higher-bandgap thin-film cell is stacked onto silicon. There is a clear need to develop low-cost, stable, high-efficiency cells for this role by using “greener” (earth-abundant, environmental-friendly) materials for sustainable deployment. With experience from our world record CZTS solar cells, we will explore novel green solar cell technologies. We recently surveyed the whole range of likely tetrahedrally coordinated semiconductors and identified the most promising of these, with these to be evaluated and explored experimentally where feasible to assess their potential.

The ideal candidate is to have an academic background in materials, chemistry and/or physics. Having relevant research experience is preferred.

Supervisory team
Xiaojing
Hao

Engineering
Photovoltaic & Renewable Energy Engineering
Martin
Green

Engineering
Photovoltaic & Renewable Energy Engineering
Bram
Hoex

Engineering
Photovoltaic & Renewable Energy Engineering
xj.hao@unsw.edu.au