Postgraduate Research Studentship in Surface Engineering

Postgraduate Research Studentship in Surface Engineering

Novel Solar Power Generating Diodes

Manchester Metropolitan University - Dalton Research Institute

The Dalton Research Institute at Manchester Metropolitan University invites applications for the fully funded Industrial CASE PhD studentship described below. Applicants should have, or would be expected to gain, a first or upper second-class degree or MSc in a materials, physics, engineering or chemistry - related subject. The studentship is for three and a half years (42 months) full-time and is only available to Home and EU candidates*

*for guidance on eligibility see:

This studentship attracts an initial annual stipend of £13,570.

Closing date for applications: 23rd July 2010

Start Date: 1st October 2010

For further details contact Prof Kelly. To apply, please send an application form ( ) and full CV, together with the names of two referees to:

Prof Peter Kelly, Dalton Research Institute, John Dalton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University, Chester Street, Manchester M1 5GDEmail:  

Novel Solar Power Generating Diodes

This is a collaborative project between MMU and Teckhne Ltd. Teckhne are developing a new range of photovoltaic power generating devices, which are robust, low cost, efficient and suitable for large surface areas. The devices are based on combinations of semi-conductive transparent transition metal oxide coatings, which can be deposited onto common construction materials by flame spraying and magnetron sputtering techniques. It has been shown these devices will:-

The aim of this project is to deposit a range of coatings and characterise them in terms of their optical and electrical properties and their durability. Multi-layer structures will be built up and the efficiency of charge generation will be assessed. Ultimately, photovoltaic devices will be produced and tested.

The experimental programmes will take place in the Surface Engineering Laboratory at MMU under the supervision of Prof Peter Kelly, and as part of the research programme the student will also spend time at Teckhne's facilities in Dorset and Warrington.

30 June 2010