Chris Bracher grew up in the village of Wrenthorpe, just outside Wakefield. He went on to study Physics at the University of Sheffield and graduated with a 1st class MPhys in 2012. During this time he developed an interest in renewable energy technologies, particularly photovoltaics, and having enjoyed his time in Sheffield he decided to stay and study for a PhD in this field.
His PhD, part of the Doctoral Training Program recently set up by Project Sunshine (shine.sheffield.ac.uk), is focussed on the effects of impurities in semiconducting polymers on the performance of organic photovoltaic devices. This will determine if the polymers need to be further cleaned after synthesis, a process that could increase the overall cost of the devices and reduce their financial viability.
In his spare time Chris enjoys reading, playing computer games and is an avid drinker of tea.