PhD International Scholarship in School of Natural and Environmental Sciences in UK

  • Phd
  • Full fees + ¬£15,609 p.a. stipend
  • 1 July 2021

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Renewable Energy Northeast Universities (ReNU) is a collaborative doctoral training programme run by the Universities of Northumbria, Newcastle and Durham. In addition to undertaking an individual scientific research project described below at one of the three partner Universities, doctoral candidates will engage with added value training opportunities for example in business, innovation and internationalisation through a 4-year training programme that has been designed to maximise the benefits of a cohort approach to doctoral training.
This project will develop a route to photovoltaic devices which can compete with established silicon technology at a fraction of the cost. The proposed solution processed solar cells, can be fully assembled at low temperature, are 1000 times thinner (i.e lightweight), and are environmentally benign. An increasingly intense research effort over the last decade dedicated to lead-based perovskite solar cells has led to performances now exceeding that of silicon photovoltaics, but the toxicity of the material limits the potential for commercialisation. This project will develop a method to fabricate devices which have the desirable features of perovskite solar cells but are assembled using non-toxic precursors and solvents and avoid the production of toxic waste streams. The main features of the project are to combine materials synthesis using sustainable approaches with solar cell assembly and testing to develop highly efficient but environmentally benign solar cells.


The applicant is expected to have a 1st class honours degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science or a related subject. The award is available to UK and international applicants.


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The studentship and covers full fees and an annual living allowance of £15,609 (at the 2021/22 UKRI rate). Also significant additional funding to cover research costs and local, national and international travel (conferences and exchanges).


You must apply through the University‚Äôs online¬†postgraduate application system. To do this please ‚ÄėCreate a new account‚Äô. All relevant fields marked with a red asterisk must to be completed. You will need to:
  • Insert the programme code¬†8208F¬†in the programme of study section
  • Select¬†PhD Energy Materials¬†as the programme of study
  • Insert the advert reference number¬†renu216¬†in the studentship/partnership reference field
  • Attach a covering letter and CV, quote code¬†renu216, and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
  • Attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications.

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