Rachel completed her MPhys degree in 2017 at The University of Sheffield. Her Masters project investigated the temperature dependent optical and electrical properties of hybrid organic-inorganic perovskite materials and devices. It was during her Masters project that Rachel developed an interest in organic photovoltaics which led to her applying for a PhD supervised by Prof. Richard Jones and Prof. David Lidzey.
Rachel's PhD focuses on characterizing the structure and morphology of thin films used in organic photovoltaics. She uses many advanced neutron and x-ray scattering techniques both at Sheffield using the Xenocs system in the Department of Chemistry and at world-leading facilities such as Diamond Light Source, ISIS pulsed spallation source and Institut Lau-Langevin.
During her free time, Rachel enjoys reading, playing badminton and watching football.