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Prof Matthew Halsall


Matthew Halsall graduated with a Degree in Physics from the University of Sheffield in the UK in 1986, and was awarded a PhD in Physics on the “growth and spectroscopy of CdS/CdSe superlattices” from the University of Hull in 1990. After postdoctoral appointments in Norwich (UK), Grenoble (France) and Tsukuba (Japan), he was appointed as a Lecturer in the School of Physics at Manchester in 1994 and moved to the school of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in Manchester in 2004. He was promoted to Professor of Photonics at Manchester in 2010. In recent years his research has centered on the optical spectroscopy of novel carbon and silicon based electronic materials and devices.

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Silicon Photovoltaic Solar Cells

Increasing energy demands, exhaustion of easily accessible oil resources and fears of climate change make renewable energy sources a necessity. We expect to make a very important improvement to the efficiency of the dominant solar PV technology.


Photon Science Institute

The Photon Science Institute was established in 2005 to bring together experts from a wide range of scientific fields to foster the development of cross and multi-disciplinary collaborations and provide a dynamic and exciting culture for the progression of new ideas in photon science. The term photon science encompasses all areas where light is used in scientific endeavour — light for science.

Photon science, Solar energy, Interdisciplinary