The direct conversion of sunlight to electricity in solar cells is one sustainable solution to future global energy demand.

New materials are required that satisfy the chemical and physical requirements to support a terrawatt photovoltaic industry. For example, building-integrated solar cells require materials that can be processed over large areas without sacrificing cost, performance, or the environment.

As members of the Starcell, UK Energy Materials and SuperSolar projects, we are involved in the development of a range of novel materials for thin-film solar cells:

Metal oxide solar cells

including Cu2O and BiFeO3.

Metal sulfide solar cells

including SnS, FeS2, CuSbS2, CuBiS2 and Sb2S3.

Multi-component semiconductors

including Cu2ZnSnS4, Ag2ZnSnS4, and photoferroics such as SbSI and BiSeBr.

Hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites

including CH3NH3PbI3 and [HC(NH2)2]PbI3 (see our perovskite publications and Mendeley group).


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Funded by EPSRC, the Royal Society, the European Research Council and H2020