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PhD in Engineering: System Integration of Concentrator Photovoltaics and Thermoelectric Devices for Enhanced Solar Energy Harvesting (PhD Studentship), Cardiff University, UK



August 28, 2015

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Closing Date: 28/08/2015
Duration: 3 years
Funding Amount: full UK/EU fees, plus Stipend
Level of Study: Postgraduate Research
Regions: EU (Non UK), International (Non EU), UK


Project title:

System Integration of Concentrator Photovoltaics and Thermoelectric Devices for Enhanced Solar Energy Harvesting

The PhD project will investigate the integration of two semiconductor technologies for solar energy harvesting, photovoltaics (PV) and thermoelectrics (TE). Around 50% of the solar spectrum is comprised of waste heat which is not utilisable by crystalline Silicon PV materials. TE modules can utilise a proportion of the waste heat to generate power and increase solar energy harvesting, or it can be used to pump heat to reduce the PV cell temperature and increase integrated device efficiency. This Ser Cymru NRN funded project links into a large EPSRC SUPERGEN Solar challenge grant with consortium members in Glasgow, Exeter & Manchester. There is also industrial links to a World leading semiconductor manufacturer.

Supervisors: Dr. G Min & Dr. T Sweet

Start date: 1 October 2015

Number of Studentships: 1


This studentship consists of full UK/EU tuition fees, as well as a Doctoral Stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum (£14,057 p.a. for 2015/16, updated each year).

One studentship is very generously funded by Ser Cymru National Research Network.



This studentship is open to students of any nationality. Students classified as international for fee purposes have to self-fund the difference between home and international fees.

Academic criteria:

Applicants for a studentship must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a 2.1 degree or higher in a relevant subject and/or an appropriate Masters qualification.

How to Apply

In the first instance, you should submit a CV & Covering Letter to Miss J Cleaver on The successful candidate will then be invited to submit a standard application for Postgraduate Study via the Online Application Service.

The deadline for applications is 28 August 2015.

Cardiff University reserves the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.

Further Information

For more information please contact Miss J Cleaver on

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