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Silicon Photovoltaic Solar Cells

Efficiency Enhancement of Silicon Photovoltaic Solar Cells by Passivation

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.

Project date: 
Saturday, September 1, 2012 to Monday, August 31, 2015



Prof Bruce Hamilton

My current research concerns the fundamental physics of emerging materials systems which will underpin future generarions of electronic and photonic devices.

My research is based in the Photon Science Institute and involves collabaration with international advanced light source facilities.

Physics, Quantum mechanics, Sustainability, Teaching, Education, Solar energy, Renewable energy, Technology, Materials, Electric and electronics, Photon science, Instrumentation, Spectroscopy


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.

Solar energy, Renewable energy, Photon science, Energy storage


Prof Tony Peaker

Research interests:

- Laplace Deep Level Transient Spectroscopy

- Photovoltaic Solar Cells

- Radioactive Nuclides in Semiconductors

- Electronic Properties of Quantum Dots abd Heterojunctions

- Defect Reactions and Radiation Damage in Semiconductors

- Hydrogen and Hydrogen Complexes in Semiconductors

Solar energy, Electric and electronics, Photon science, Technology, Energy, Lighting, Materials, Nanoscience, Energy networks, Energy supply, Renewable energy