Advanced PV and radiation attenuation materials for space applications – PhD scholarship available

Advanced PV and radiation attenuation materials for space applications

Study level

PhD
Master of Philosophy
Honours
Vacation research experience scheme

Background

The future will be in the space! Energy supply to power spacecraft is crucial in the exploration of outer space. Semiconductor perovskite materials based on metal halides have attracted huge interest in both scientific and industrial community as light absorbing materials in solar cells owing to their unique optical and electrical properties. Currently world-record energy conversion efficiency over 25% have been reported with perovskite solar cells (PSC). Exploration of PSCs as a power supplier for spacecraft have been started. Nevertheless, unsatisfactory material stability is a key obstacle for practical application of this emerging photovoltaics technology, in particular for space application where high dose of irradiance may damage the structure of perovskite compound. To address this important issue, this project aims to understand the evolution of physical and chemical properties of perovskite materials and polyimide based radiation coating materials under various conditions that are closely relevant to their practical application such as temperature, oxygen, radiation etc. The fundamental research outcomes will provide guidance for design and synthesis of perovskite materials that has robust stability under operation condition in space.

Research Activities

This is a multidisciplinary project. You will be working with a team of researchers to conduct the following research activities:
• Synthesis and characterisation of perovskite and polyimide materials
• Measure the properties of materials under harsh environment stress
• Evaluate the performance of the materials in solar cells

Outcomes

The expected outcomes include:
• create fundamental deep understandings the physical-co-chemical properties of the synthesized materials under extreme environmental conditions.
• unravel the effect of material structure and compositions on their stability against harsh environment stress.

Skills and experience

An ideal candidate should have academic background in chemistry, material science and physics. Research experience in the area of solar cells is highly desirable.

PhD scholarship available

Please contact the team leader for more information.