PhD in Photovoltaics

The Faculty of Applied Sciences is the largest faculty of TU Delft, with around 550 scientists, a support staff of 250 and 1,400 students. The faculty conducts fundamental, application-oriented research and offers scientific education at the bachelor, master and doctoral levels.

The faculty is active in the fields of Life and Health Science & Technology, Nanoscience, Chemical Engineering, Radiation Science & Technology, and Applied Physics. The Advanced Dutch Energy Materials Innovation Lab (ADEM) programme focuses on fundamental and applied materials research for sustainable energy technologies.

The ADEM programme aims to a) accelerate energy research in the Netherlands, b) strengthen the Dutch knowledge and research facilities infrastructure and c) enhance the Dutch (industrial) innovation in new, sustainable energy technologies. The programme is an initiative of the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) and the three Universities of Technology, TU Delft, TU Eindhoven and Universiteit Twente.

Solar cells have a limited efficiency because the energy of absorbed photons in excess of the bandgap of the solar cell is lost by thermalisation. This well recognised color mismatch problem is the number one loss mechanism in solar cells. An attractive way to solve this problem is to use ‘quantum cutting’ (QC) or conventional spectral conversion materials. Such luminescent materials are able to convert UV and blue photons into two IR photons that are in addition used more efficiently by the solar cell.
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