Green Solar Cells PhD Studentship for International Students at NewCastle University UK 2021

NewCastle University invites applications for the Green Solar Cells PhD Studentship for International Students in the UK for the 2021/22 academic session.

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Renewable Energy Northeast Universities (ReNU) is a collaborative doctoral training programme run by the Universities of Northumbria, Newcastle and Durham. In addition to undertaking an individual scientific research project described below at one of the three partner Universities, doctoral candidates will engage with added value training opportunities for example in business, innovation and internationalisation through a 4-year training programme that has been designed to maximise the benefits of a cohort approach to doctoral training.

This project will develop a route to photovoltaic devices which can compete with established silicon technology at a fraction of the cost. The proposed solution-processed solar cells can be fully assembled at low temperature, are 1000 times thinner (i.e lightweight), and are environmentally benign. An increasingly intense research effort over the last decade dedicated to lead-based perovskite solar cells has led to performances now exceeding that of silicon photovoltaics, but the toxicity of the material limits the potential for commercialisation.

This project will develop a method to fabricate devices that have the desirable features of perovskite solar cells but are assembled using non-toxic precursors and solvents and avoid the production of toxic waste streams. The main features of the project are to combine materials synthesis using sustainable approaches with solar cell assembly and testing to develop highly efficient but environmentally benign solar cells.

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Worth of Award

  • The Green Solar Cells PhD Studentship at NewCastle University covers full fees and an annual living allowance of £15,609 (at the 2021/22 UKRI rate).
  • Also, significant additional funding to cover research costs and local, national, and international travel (conferences and exchanges).


  • The applicant is expected to have a 1st class honours degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, or a related subject.
  • The award is available to UK and international applicants.

How to Apply

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system. To do this please ‘Create a new account’. All relevant fields marked with a red asterisk must be completed. You will need to:

  • Insert the programme code 8208F in the programme of study section
  • Select PhD Energy Materials as the programme of study
  • Insert the advert reference number renu216 in the studentship/partnership reference field
  • Attach a covering letter and CV, quote code renu216, and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
  • Attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications.
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Deadline: The application closing date is July 1, 2021.


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