PhD Researcher (BSc Eng, MBA)
Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering
Trinity Haus, Trinity College Dublin
Investigation of novel phosphorescent materials for enhanced photovoltaic cell efficiencies
Keywords: Solar cells, Photovoltaic, Phosphorescent, Luminescent Materials, Dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC), silicon PV, Tandem Cell, Organic Photovoltaic (OPV), Light-harvesting, Enhanced Efficiency, Cell Efficiencies.
With the most recent agreement reached at COP21 in Paris to maintain global temperature rise to below 1.5 degrees Celsius substantial cuts to greenhouse gas (GHG) emission are required. Photovoltaics (PV) convert solar energy directly into electricity offer a solution for reducing our GHG emissions however efficiency and improvements are required.
One approach is to increase PV cell response at shorter wavelengths by applying conversion efficiency layer such as luminescent Downshifting (DS) layers. In this way, improve the device response to the solar radiation is one possible solution by apply wavelengths converting materials which can be incorporated into the PV cell architecture or a luminescent solar concentrator.
This research project aims to investigate PV and inorganic phosphors, focused on the investigation of novel phosphorescent materials for enhanced photovoltaic cell efficiencies.
Project Supervisor: Associate Prof. Sarah Mc Cormack