Third-cycle subject: Chemistry
The development of next generation solar cells is a highly active research field with a potentially large impact for society. Future solar cell technologies must use abundant materials, be inexpensive to produce and stable under device operation. Development of such technologies depends on gaining understanding of the properties of materials and interfaces under solar operation.
In this project, perovskite materials for solar cells will be investigated using photoelectron spectroscopy, which can give insight into the chemical and electronic properties of interfaces between different layers in a solar cell. New materials, which are promising in terms of stability, will be synthesized, and then systematically studied together with other components of the solar cell. The project's aim is to gain direct insight into why materials work in solar cells and how the interfaces between materials are impacted by illumination, heat and other environmental factors. The project will involve synthesis of materials, fabrication of solar cell samples, measurements at KTH and at synchrotron radiation facilities and data analysis.
The project will involve synthesis of materials, fabrication of solar cell samples, measurements and data analysis. The PhD student will be based in Dr. Ute Cappel's reasearch group at the Chemistry Department at KTH in Stockholm, where most of the experimental work will be carried out. Measurements at synchrotron facilities (e.g. Max IV, Lund) will also be part of the project.
This recruitment is connected to the Wallenberg Initiative Materials Science for Sustainability (WISE, wise-materials.org). WISE, funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, is the largest-ever investment in materials science in Sweden and will encompass major efforts at Sweden's foremost universities over the course of 10 years. The vision is a sustainable future through materials science.
All early-stage researchers recruited into the WISE program will be a part of the WISE Graduate School, an ambitious nationwide program of seminars, courses, research visits, and other activities to promote a strong multi- disciplinary and international network between PhD students, postdocs, researchers, and industry.
Supervision:Ute Cappel is proposed to supervise the doctoral student. Decisions are made on admissionWhat we offer
To be admitted to postgraduate education (Chapter 7, 39 § Swedish Higher Education Ordinance), the applicant must have basic eligibility in accordance with either of the following:
In addition to the above, there is also a mandatory requirement for English equivalent to English B/6, read more hereSelection
In order to succeed as a doctoral student at KTH you need to be goal oriented and persevering in your work. During the selection process, candidates will be assessed upon their ability to:
After the qualification requirements, great emphasis will be placed on personal competency.
Target degree: Doctoral degreeInformation regarding admission and employment
Only those admitted to postgraduate education may be employed as a doctoral student. The total length of employment may not be longer than what corresponds to full-time doctoral education in four years ' time. An employed doctoral student can, to a limited extent (maximum 20%), perform certain tasks within their role, e.g. training and administration. A new position as a doctoral student is for a maximum of one year, and then the employment may be renewed for a maximum of two years at a time.Union representatives
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