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I received my BSc degree in Materials Chemistry and MSc degree in Inorganic Chemistry in 2008 and 2011 respectively. I then joined Northumbria University in 2012 and awarded a PhD degree in Physics in 2016 for my work in thin film solar cells from nanoparticle inks. My current research interest is to explore and understand the interfaces between the materials within the solar cells over a full range of length scales (atom to device), from the investigation of atomic ordering in the absorber to the improvement of PV devices via reduced back contact barrier using alternative nanoparticle fabrication strategy. I am directly contributing as the Centre manager to the running of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Renewable Energy Northeast Universities (ReNU), partnering with Durham and Newcastle Universities and 36 industrial partners, as well as being a partner on the North East Centre for Energy Materials.

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Dr Qu is expertized in the development, fabrication, characterisation, thin film PV devices from printable nanoparticle inks, which provides added benefit to high volume and high value manufacturing to develop a reliable and transferable technology in light weight Earth abundant solar cells. His current research interest is to explore and understand the interfaces between the materials within the solar cells over a full range of length scales (atom to device), from the investigation of atomic ordering in the absorber to the improvement of PV devices via reduced back contact barrier using alternative nanoparticle fabrication strategy. He also has wide research interests in green energy materials, including fullerene C60 carbon materials, insulation/flame-retardant materials and CO2 adsorption/storage materials.

Education/Academic qualification

Physics, PhD

5 Apr 201631 Dec 2099

Award Date: 5 Apr 2016

Other Courses, MSc

30 Jun 201131 Dec 2099

Award Date: 30 Jun 2011

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