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Electronic and Photonic Molecular Materials Group

department of physics and astronomy

Joel Smith

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Biography

Joel is undertaking a PhD investigating stability and encapsulation of perovskite solar cells under Prof. David Lidzey. His PhD is part of the EPSRC CDT in New & Sustainable Photovoltaics, a collaborative PhD training program across seven UK universities. He is interested in new materials that can enhance layer stability in devices and varied strategies to create scalable and stable perovskite solar cells.

Prior to his current research, Joel completed his MPhys in Physics at the University of Manchester in 2014. His first masters project was in biological physics, looking at the motility of microorganisms in viscoelastic fluid. The second was in astrophysics, a computational project looking for new planetary candidates in the Jodrell Bank pulsar archive.

Whilst working as a student officer at Manchester Students’ Union he discovered a passion for hybrid organic-inorganic photovoltaics which led him to find the EPMM group. In his spare time Joel enjoys playing baritone saxophone, watching films, pub quizzing and socialising.

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