Devendra Tiwari

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2 Fully-funded PhD positions 1. First one is focusses on new defect-tolerant materials for solar-energy conversion. "Bismuth Chalcohalides for Solar Water-Splitting" https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/bismuth-chalcohalides-for-solar-water-splitting-renu21-ee-mpee-tiwari/?p127368. 2. Second one, is on developing sustainable semi-transparent PV technology for low-cost system integration. “Defect engineering of solution-processed semi-transparent Kesterite solar cells” https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/defect-engineering-of-solution-processed-semi-transparent-kesterite-solar-cells-advert-reference-rdf21-ee-mpee-tiwaridevendra/?p127501 The application deadline is in the last week of January 2021. Both the studentships are available to Home and International (including EU) students, and includes a full stipend, paid for three years at UKRI rates (for 2020/21, this is £15,285 pa) and full tuition fees. The starting date will be 1st October 2021. If you are interested in any of these positions, please get in touch through my email (devendra.tiwari@northumbria.ac.uk) or the link provided in FindAPhD advert.

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I have joined Northumbria University in 2020 as a Vice-Chancellor's Senior Fellow in the Department of Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering. My current research interest lies in understanding the emergence of defect-tolerance in semiconductors and using defect-tolerant semiconductors for PV and solar fuel applications. This involves materials discovery and building structural-activity relationship through a combination of atomistic computational modelling, materials processing and defect-characterization of new inorganic PV semiconductors and devices. I have developed novel methodologies to process complete solar cells using non-vacuum techniques, examining a variety of unconventional absorbers including Cu2SnS3, Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4, BiFeO3, BiI3, BiSI, BiPS4. Recently we have been investigating these methodologies to develop PV structures for low-cost system integration (buildings, automotive, etc.) as well.

​My postdoctoral studies were undertaken at the University of Bristol in Professor David Fermin's lab as a part of an EPSRC project targeting new PV technologies based on solution-processable earth-abundant materials. Before this, I studied chemistry from Sardar Patel University, Gujarat, India (MSc 2009) and completed my PhD in 2014 investigating solution-processed Cu2SnS3 thin-films for solar cells at Dr K. C. Patel research and development centre (CHARUSAT, India) through a UGC-department of atomic energy (DAE) fellowship. My thesis work focused on low-temperature charge-transport measurements and photoemission experiments on semiconductor thin-films and PV devices.

 

My research publications can be found here:

https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=4KEwr3oAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao

 

2 Fully-funded PhD positions

1. First one is focusses on new defect-tolerant materials for solar-energy conversion. 

"Bismuth Chalcohalides for Solar Water-Splitting​" 

https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/bismuth-chalcohalides-for-solar-water-splitting-renu21-ee-mpee-tiwari/?p127368

 

2. Second one, is on developing sustainable semi-transparent PV technology for low-cost system integration.

Defect engineering of solution-processed semi-transparent Kesterite solar cells

https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/defect-engineering-of-solution-processed-semi-transparent-kesterite-solar-cells-advert-reference-rdf21-ee-mpee-tiwaridevendra/?p127501

 

The application deadline is​ in the last week of January 2021.

Both the studentships are available to Home and International (including EU) students, and includes a full stipend, paid for three years at UKRI rates (for 2020/21, this is £15,285 pa) and full tuition fees. The starting date will be 1st October 2021.

If you are interested in any of these positions, please get in touch through my email (devendra.tiwari@northumbria.ac.uk​) or the link provided in FindAPhD advert. 

Education/Academic qualification

PhD

31 May 201431 Dec 2099

Award Date: 31 May 2014

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