FEIT Research Project Database

Carrier-selective contacts for high efficiency silicon solar cells

Project Leader: James Bullock
Primary Contact: James Bullock (james.bullock@unimelb.edu.au)
Keywords: solar energy
Disciplines: Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Solar photovoltaic carrier selective contacts: in recent times, there has been a significant increase in the use of metal oxides, fluorides, sulfides, and organic materials as carrier-selective heterocontacts for crystalline silicon (c-Si) photovoltaic (PV) devices. This research stream has been motivated by potential advantages associated with fabrication simplicity and cost reduction. Such materials can be deposited at low temperature (<200°C) using simple techniques to form full-area heterocontacts with optical characteristics tailored for either the sunward or rear side of a solar cell. These heterocontacts can also overcome or reduce losses common to other c-Si cell architectures (for example, parasitic absorption or heavy impurity doping losses), increasing the practical efficiency limit of this structure.This project is aimed at advancing this concept into the high efficiency regime (>23%).

The Sustainable Energy and Environmental Devices lab is looking for PhD students starting in 2021.

Requirements for the PhD program?

First-class (H1 or equivalent) bachelor or masters degree from a high-ranking university (ie, The University of Melbourne).

Unsure if a PhD is for you?

We also have paid research assistant positions available on a casual basis for those who are unsure if a PhD is for them. Please enquire if this is you!

Want more info about the group?

Sustainable Energy and Environmental Devices Lab is a research group headed by Dr James Bullock, within the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Melbourne. This group draws from disciplines such as Electrical Engineering, Materials Science and Chemistry working on topics such as photovoltaics, electro and photocatalysis, 2D materials and photodetectors.

Group site can be found here: people.eng.unimelb.edu.au/jbullock/

You can view a virtual tour of our labspace here: my.matterport.com/show/?m=H8CEgvvxfpS

Candidates who identify as belonging to groups under-represented in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields are especially encouraged to apply.

If you are interested please contact james.bullock@unimelb.edu.aufor more information.

Further information: Group homepage (https://people.eng.unimelb.edu.au/jbullock/)