Physics: Fully Funded PhD Scholarship at Swansea: Photovoltaic Applications

  • Phd
  • Full cost of UK tuition fees and an annual stipend
  • 18 May 2022

Physics: Fully Funded PhD Scholarship: Fundamental Processes in Disordered Semiconductors for Photovoltaic Applications

Funding provider: Swansea University's Faculty of Science and Engineering

Subject areas: Semiconductor Device Physics, Solar Cells, Disordered Semiconductors

Project start date:

  • 1 July 2022 (Enrolment open from mid-June)


  • Dr Ardalan Armin
  • Dr Oskar Sandberg
  • Dr Nasim Zarrabi

Aligned programme of study: PhD in Physics

Mode of study: Full-time

Project description:

The solid state physics of disordered semiconductors is quite different to traditional crystalline ordered equivalents such as silicon or gallium arsenide. This is particularly true for photovoltaic phenomena where disordered materials such as organic semiconductors are finding increasing application in targeted scenarios such as mobile or indoor power. This project focuses on improving our understanding of organic and other disordered semiconductors which are molecular in nature – and particularly addresses the processes that lead to photocurrent and photovoltage generation in light harvesting. The project will be a combined experimental-theoretical electro-optical study using state-of-the-art methods developed in the Sêr SAM group in recent research efforts and will be closely linked to more fundamental work packages of the Swansea-led EPSRC Program Grant in Application Targeted Integrated Photovoltaics which will run for the duration of the project.


Candidates must normally hold an undergraduate degree at 2.1 level or a master’s degree with a minimum overall grade at ‘Merit’ (or Non-UK equivalent as defined by Swansea University).

English Language requirements: If applicable – IELTS 6.5 overall (with at least 6.0 in each individual component) or Swansea recognised equivalent.

Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is open to UK and EU based students only. EU Students must be eligible to receive the EU Transitional Bursary Scheme.


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This scholarship covers the full cost of UK tuition fees and an annual stipend of £15,609.

Additional research expenses will also be available.


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