Job Description

Currently, commercial photovoltaics are majorly single-junction devices that incorporate only one layer of absorber material. Limited thermodynamically in their maximum performances by the Shockley-Queisser (SQ) limit, a typical Si absorber with a bandgap of 1.12 eV cannot surpass power conversion efficiency of 30%. In order to harness more of the solar spectrum and overcome this fundamental limit, many research efforts have been devoted to multi-junction applications.

In multi-junction applications, two or more absorbers are coupled in bandgaps such that they can complementarily harvest specific parts of the solar spectrum, and hence overcome the efficiency limitations opposed by the SQ limit. In the past decade, the emergence of photovoltaic perovskites has sparked particular research interest in this area. As this novel class of crystalline absorber benefits from (I) high single-junction efficiencies as well as (II) exceptional ease of band-gap tuning, it is an ideal candidate for tandem or multi-junction devices. 


 

Responsibilities

This project aims to develop a highly efficient and stable all-perovskite tandem solar cell. The candidate(s) will have the opportunity to develop hands-on experience in the lab, ultimately fabricating both high and low bandgap perovskite absorbers and implementing these in a tandem configuration.

At the end of this project, the candidate will obtain critical know-how on all perovskite tandem solar cells and their full fabrication at world-class facilities, with the additional opportunity of contributing their scientific findings to a peer-reviewed manuscript. 

Benefits:
  • USD 1000 Monthly Stipend
  • Free housing during the stay (Private Bedroom/Bathroom)
  • Visa And Airfare Fees (two-way tickets)
  • Health Insurance
  • Social And Cultural Activities
  • Access to KPV-LAB, KSC and Core laboratories, and major research and community facilities

To apply this project, please send email to Prof. Stefaan De Wolf via stefaan.dewolf@kaust.edu.sa

In your email, please make sure that you mentioned the information below and uploaded the required documents.

  1. Which internship program do you want to apply to?
  2. Which project do you want to apply? (Please write the full name of the project)
  3. How long you would like to stay for internship?
  4. Please upload your current curriculum vitae (CV)
  5. Please upload your cover letter (briefly describing your previous experience and future research interests/plans)
  6. Please upload contact information of three references
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Job Features

  • Location:

    KPV-LAB

  • Job Type:
    Visiting Student Internship (VS), Visiting Student Research Program (VSRP)
  • Education:

    BSc, BEng, and MSc in the field of Physics, Materials Science and Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or related.

  • Experience:

    The candidate should have basic knowledge about the physics of the solar cells