Scientific Internship: Singlet fission for highly efficient solar cells

Date posted November 19, 2018
Type Scientific Internships

Your project will involve: Investigating decisive factors for the efficiency of singlet fission materials, fabricating solar cells from singlet fission materials, in combination with conventional, inorganic materials and optical and electrical characterization of the materials and solar cells.

Solar energy is quickly becoming competitive with energy generated from conventional fossil fuels. Yet, only more efficient solar cells will reduce the costs associated with solar installations.
Singlet fission can be used to generate more current from high-energy photons, and solar cells sensitized with a singlet fission material could lift the theoretical limit for the power conversion efficiency of solar cells from 34% to 45%. First singlet fission solar cells have been demonstrated in the past few years, however, to improve existing solar cells, every step from light absorption to current generation will need to work with almost unity efficiency.
Your project will involve:
– Investigating decisive factors for the efficiency of singlet fission materials;
– Fabricating solar cells from singlet fission materials, in combination with conventional, inorganic materials;
– Optical and electrical characterization of the materials and solar cells.

About the group

The Hybrid Solar Cells Group focuses on novel paths towards more efficient solar cells using both organic and inorganic materials. We aim at combining the unique properties and the richness of organic materials with the highly efficient, well-characterized inorganic materials.
The project has been planned to minimize this start-up time so that novel scientific results and potentially a publication should arise within the duration of the project.

Qualifications

You have a Bachelors degree in physics, chemistry, or other relevant area, and participate in a Master study in one of these areas. The internship must be a mandatory part of your curriculum. You have a nationality of an EU-member state and/or you are a student at a Netherlands University. You must be available for at least 6 months. We appreciate students with a proven scientific ability, e.g. a well written BSc report.

Terms of employment

At the start of the internship, a plan will be drawn up, in consultation with your AMOLF supervisor.

Contact info

Dr. Bruno Ehrler
Group leader Hybrid Solar Cells
E-mail: b.ehrler@amolf.nl
Phone: +31 (0)20-754 7100

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