Job Description

Perovskites are an emerging class of materials which offers high-efficiency photovoltaics owing to its appealing optical and electronic properties. However, defects such as non-coordinated ions at their grain boundaries and surfaces do contribute to non-radiative photo-carrier recombination. This undesirably inflates the open-circuit voltage deficit and is a likely contributor to the widely reported phenomenon of hysteresis in the current-voltage characteristics which is set to remain at the forefront of the continuing progress towards to the theoretical PCE limit of 30%.

 

Responsibilities

In this project, the candidate will have an opportunity to explore some new interfacial engineering strategies, such as surface passivation, grain boundary passivation and contact passivation to eliminate the defects. This will help to increase the open-circuit voltage of the perovskite devices which will be employed to achieve champion perovskite/silicon tandem solar cells. At the end of the internship, the candidate(s) will be experienced the full processing steps of the perovskite solar cells and they may have an opportunity to publish the findings in well-respected scientific journals.

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:
    KGSP, 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