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Dr. Hind Ahmed
Research Fellow, Civil Struct & Env. Eng.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Phase Change Materials for Solar Energy Applications in, editor(s)Vikas Mittal , Phase Change Materials, Central West Publishing, 2019, pp21 - 53, [Hoda Akbari , David G Peña, Rebeca S Pizarro, Hind Ahmed, Maria C. Browne, Chuka O'koli,Edward Guionneau, Ming Jun Huang and Sarah J. McCormack] Book Chapter, 2019 URL TARA - Full Text

H. Ahmed, S.J. McCormack, J. Doran, Plasmonic luminescent down shifting layers for the enhancement of CdTe mini-modules performance, Solar Energy, 141, 2017, p242 - 248 Journal Article, 2017 URL

Plasmonic Interaction in Enhanced Luminescent Down-Shifting Layers for Photovoltaic Devices in, editor(s)Angelo Bright , Plasmonics: Advances in Research and Application., USA, Nova Science Publishers, 2017, [H. Ahmed, A. Sethi, J. Doran, and S. J. McCormack] Book Chapter, 2017 TARA - Full Text URL

H. Ahmed, J. Doran, S.J. McCormack, Increased short-circuit current density and external quantum efficiency of silicon and dye sensitised solar cells through plasmonic luminescent down-shifting layers, Solar Energy, 126, 2016, p146 - 155 Journal Article, 2016 URL

M L Di Lorenzo, G Gentile, M Avella, D Gutierrez, M Della Pirriera, E Torralba-Callejab, M Kennedy, H Ahmed, J Doran, Down shifting in poly(vinyl alcohol) gels doped with terbium complex, Journal of Colloid & Interface Science, 477, 2016, p34 - 39 Journal Article, 2016 URL

H. Ahmed, S. J. McCormack, J. Doran, External Quantum Efficiency Improvement with Luminescent Downshifting Layers: Experimental and Modelling, International Journal of Spectroscopy, 2016, 2015 Journal Article, 2015 URL TARA - Full Text

M Kennedy, H Ahmed, J Doran, B Norton, P Bosch‐Jimenez, M Della Pirriera, E Torralba‐Calleja, D Gutiérrez Tauste, L Aubouy, S Daren, F Solomon‐Tsvetkov, S Galindo, C Voz and J Puigdollers, Large Stokes shift downshifting Eu (III) films as efficiency enhancing UV blocking layers for dye sensitized solar cells, Physica Status Solidi, A 212, 2015, p203 - 210 Journal Article, 2015 DOI

Jose Garcia-Torres, Pau Bosch-Jimenez, Elena Torralba-Calleja, Manus Kennedy, Hind Ahmed, John Doran, David Gutierrez-Tauste, Llorenc Bautista, and Monica Della Pirriera, Modulating the photoluminescence of europium-based emittingpolymers: Influence of the matrix on the photophysical properties, Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry, 275, 2014, p103 - 113 Journal Article, 2014 URL

Jose Garcia-Torres, Pau Bosch-Jimenez, Elena Torralba-Calleja, Manus Kennedy, Hind Ahmed, John Doran, David Gutierrez-Tauste, Llorenç Bautista, Monica Della Pirriera , Highly efficient luminescent materials: Influence of the matrix on the photophysical properties of Eu(III) complex/polymer , Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry, 283, 2014, p8 - 16 Journal Article, 2014 URL

C.M. Comrie, H. Ahmed, D. Smeets, J. Demeulemeester, S. Turner, G. Van Tendeloo, C. Detavernier, and A. Vantomme, Effect of high temperature deposition on CoSi 2 phase formation, Journal of Applied Physics, 113, 2013, p234902-1 - 234902-8 Journal Article, 2013 TARA - Full Text URL

Hind A. Ahmed, James Walshe, Manus Kennedy, Thomas Confrey, John Doran and Sarah. J. McCormack, Enhancement in Solar Cells Efficiency by Luminescent Down-Shifting layers, Advances in Energy Research, 1, (2), 2013, p117 - 126 Journal Article, 2013 TARA - Full Text URL

Maria Laura Di Lorenzo , Mariacristina Cocca , Gennaro Gentile , Maurizio Avella , David Gutierrez, Monica Della Pirriera , Manus Kennedy , Hind Ahmed , John Doran, Thermoreversible luminescent organogels doped with Eu(TTA)3phen complex, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 398, 2013, 95 - 102 Journal Article, 2013 URL

Research Expertise


  • Title
    • Plasmonic Enhancement and Directionality of Emission for Advanced Luminescent Solar Devices (PEDAL)
  • Summary
    • PEDAL is funded by European Research Council (Project Number 639760). It proposed a disruptive PV technology where record increases in efficiency are achieved and costs reduced. PEDAL will concentrate both direct and diffuse solar radiation in a static building component delivering not only breakthroughs in solar device efficiencies but also the development of unique building integrated components. This will be developed through 3 themes: (1) Plasmonic Enhancement of LSC (PLSC); (2) Plasmonic Enhancement of LDS layers (PLDS); and (3) Upscaled building integrated solar devices (PLSC & PLDS). The objectives of PEDAL are: * To engineer composites structures (luminescent species and MNPs in polymer) for PLSC and PLDS. * To achieve record efficiency in LSC and LDS by exploiting plasmonic coupling phenomena between metal nanoparticles and luminescent species to enhance emission and alignment of MNP for directional emission. * To develop the first static building integrated PLSC component capable of achieving a concentration factor of 3 or more in diffuse solar radiation. * To develop the first static building integrated PLDS layer on a commercial PV module capable of achieving an increase in PV efficiency. * To investigate balance of system components such as microinverters to enable control and management of PV energy generation through the buildings demand side management systems.
  • Funding Agency
    • European Research Council (ERC)
  • Date From
    • 1/4/2015
  • Date To
    • 31/3/2020