The exploitation of organic materials for converting sunlight into electricity is believed to convey several advantages such as light weight, flexibility, environmental friendliness, a low thermal budget, low cost and most notably very fast modes of production by printing techniques. Issues related to scaling to large area plastic solar cells are slowly starting to be resolved and production of very large modules up 1000 square centimetres have been reported. Some challenges remain to be addressed before organic solar cells can fulfil their potential as a pervasive, low-cost source of renewable energy, notably improving their efficiency and their long term stability.
The Solar Energy Programme at Risø DTU is among the world’s research leaders in organic solar cells – a cost-efficient alternative to silicon-based solar cells. The solar cell group is expanding in various scientific directions covering all possible aspects of organic solar cells. The Solar Energy Programme consists of a dynamical and versatile group of people with a positive team spirit.
A PhD scholarship in synthesis and characterization of new materials are available in the project “ Organic-based photovoltaic cells with morphology control” supported by the Danish National Research Foundation (Grundforskningsfonden).
The challenge is to design and synthesize new printable polymer/inorganic materials for organic solar cells. This entails the preparation of novel conjugated polymers that can be used in conjunction with inorganic nano-structured materials. Improved coverage of the solar spectrum and carrier transport properties are important goals to improve the solar cell efficiency and stability. An important aspect/challenge are to develop new materials that can be used in large modules that are prepared by multi-layer printing techniques.
* Master’s degree in chemistry, materials science, organic chemistry, engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master’s degree in engineering
* Experience with experimental techniques: organic synthesis, NMR, spectroscopy etc. are desirable
* Ability to work as a part of a large, interdisciplinary dynamical group
* Good communication skills in English, both written and spoken
Approval and Enrolment:
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide
We offer an exciting and challenging job in an international environment. Good possibilities for professional and personal growth. A family friendly organization with flexible working hours.
Salary and appointment terms:
The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The period of employment is 3 years. Employment will be as soon as possible. The place of work os the Solar Energy Programme, Risø DTU in Roskilde. Main supervisor is Senior Researcher Mikkel Jørgensen and co-supervisors are Dr. Eva Bundgaard and Professor Frederik Krebs.
We must have your online application by 6 August 2010. Please open the link “apply online” and fill in the application form and attach your application, CV and information about academic grades.
All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.
Application Deadline is 06.08.2010
For further information about this scholarship visit below link.
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