Our research is primarily focused on developing the physics and technology behind low cost photovoltaic concepts. The materials we use include carbon-based organic semiconductors, solution processable ceramics and inorganic semiconductors which have emerged over the last decade as promising alternatives to expensive inorganic semiconductor technologies. One advantage of this new material family is that they can be processed easily from solution, e.g. using spin-coating, doctor-blade coating and higher speed methods such a Gravure Printing. As a result, devices such as solar cells, light-emitting displays, and transistors should be manufacturable at very low cost.
The photovoltaic concepts we currently work on are Dye-Sesitized Solar Cells, semiconducting polymer / metal oxide photovoltaics and all polymer photovoltaic diodes. We are also actively developing organic and molecularly sensitized photodetectors and phototransistors and polymer/oxide light emitting diodes. We strive to both enhance absolute performance whilst also improving our understanding of the fundamental processes.