Spin photovoltaics


Contact Dr Oscar Cespedes to discuss this project further informally

Project description

This project will explore a novel technology where the intrinsic properties of molecules and spin quantum mechanics are combined in the search for sustainable electronics that make use of eco-friendly materials while reducing heat waste.

This is an experimental project in Solid State Physics to carry out research in spin transport and spin storage in carbon-based devices. The work will include experiments in high frequency molecular electronics, measuring changes to the optical and vibrational properties of molecules and fullerenes during the application of pure spin currents as well as the generation of spin polarized photocurrent in these devices.

The PhD work involves all stages of sample design and fabrication, characterisation and measurement analysis. Fabrication techniques will involve the growth of metallo-molecular thin films via sputtering and thermal evaporation. Characterisation techniques to be used include Raman spectroscopy, magnetometry and transport measurements. There is the potential for experimental work at large scale facilities, such as synchrotron beamlines for muon, neutron and/or Xray experiments. The final goal is to give proof of principle for novel quantum devices to be used in optoelectronics and low energy dissipation technologies.

Entry requirements

Applications are invited from candidates with, or expecting, a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2:1) in a relevant discipline, a Master's degree in a relevant discipline, or both.

How to apply

Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the university's website. Please state clearly in the research information section that the PhD you wish to be considered for is 'Spin Photovoltaics' as well as Dr Oscar Cespedes as your proposed supervisor.

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University’s minimum English Language requirements.

We welcome scholarship applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates.  All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.