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Photovoltaics at finite temperature

The Sun is the only infinite source of energy available to us at present, and a large research effort is dedicated to the understanding and design of novel next-generation photovoltaic materials that could lead to more efficient, cheaper, and environmentally friendlier solar cells. Traditionally, the computational design of materials has been performed at zero temperature, but the properties of materials can undergo dramatic changes when temperature is included.

In this project we will use quantum mechanical simulations to understand the optoelectronic properties of semiconductors for use in photovoltaics under realistic operating conditions of temperature. We will look at a range of next-generation photovoltaic materials, including perovskites and kesterites.