Our particular interest is in low-cost, non-toxic,
earth-abundant materials that, through various nano-fabrication routes, can be useful energy materials.
Our research investigates semiconductor bulk and nano-materials such as nano-films, nano-wires and nano-crystal thin-films with emphasis on silicon.
We use materials innovations to make better energy harvesting devices such as photovoltaic cells or thermoelectric generators.
Nano Materials for Better Energy Devices
Enhancing the electronic, optical and thermal properties of semiconductor materials through nano-scale changes
WHAT WE DO
We aim to enhance the electronic, optical and thermal properties of silicon-based materials through changes at the nano-scale – usually involving nano-structuring or the modification of nano-scale defects.
This makes these semiconductors better for applications in energy harvesting devices, such as thermoelectric generators or photovoltaic cells.
While our research starts at the nano-scale, it doesn’t stop there – we build and test macroscale demonstrator devices based on our material innovations.
Today (7 Mar) our group was asked to give an invited talk about our work on defect engineering of silicon thermoelectrics at the 19th International Conference on Extended Defects in Semiconductors (EDS2018). The conference is in Greece in late June. The talk will be given by Neil.
Today (14 Feb) we hosted the annual meeting of the UK Thermoelectric Network here in Edinburgh, along with Dr Jan-Willem Bos’ group. Thanks to all who attended, particularly our meeting sponsors and invited speakers.
Pleased today (4 December) to receive ‘Fledge’ funding from the Energy Academy for the project “Towards mitigation of impacts of marine renewable energy structures”, led by Associate Professor Jo Porter at our Orkney campus.