Organization profile

Organisation profile

Materials for Solar Energy Conversion

The group investigates materials for thin film photovoltaic devices featuring earth abundant elements and low processing costs. Key targets include absorber films, buffer layers and transparent conducting oxides by solution processable methods. Another important area of research involves the development of advanced thermionic systems based on diamond films. This type of systems exploits the unique electron emission properties of diamond materials, combined with plasmonic nanostructures, to generate new and disruptive technologies powered by concentrated thermal energy including solar, geothermal and nuclear.

Solar Fuels and Catalysis for Energy Vectors

Exploitation of renewable energy sources (Solar, Wind, Tidal) as primary energy sources requires effective and scalable means of storing vast amounts of energy. The Materials for Energy group examines a broad range of systems capable of storing energy into stable chemical bonds, including water-splitting as well as CO2 storage and conversion. Research in this domain includes design of nanostructured metallic and semiconductor materials, conjugated microporous polymer systems and functional carbon materials.

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    Research Output

    A crosslinking alkylation strategy to construct nitrogen-enriched tetraphenylmethane-based porous organic polymers as efficient carbon dioxide and iodine adsorbents

    Hu, X., Wang, H., Faul, C. F. J., Wen, J., Wei, Y., Zhu, M. & Liao, Y., 15 Feb 2020, In : Chemical Engineering Journal. 382, 8 p., 122998.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • 4 Citations (Scopus)

    Crystal and Electronic Structure of Bismuth Thiophosphate, BiPS4: An Earth Abundant Solar Absorber

    Tiwari, D., Alibhai, D. R., Cherns, D. & Fermin, D. J., 11 Feb 2020, In : Chemistry of Materials. 32, 3, p. 1235-1242 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • Diamond chemical vapor deposition using a zero-total gas flow environment

    Croot, A., Mahoney, E. J. D., Dominguez Andrade, H., Ashfold, M. N. R. & Fox, N. A., 22 Jul 2020, In : Diamond and Related Materials. 109, 7 p., 108011.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • Projects

    MGF: Materials for Green Fuels

    Faul, C. F. J., Smith, G., Chellan, P., Mapolie, S. & Jardine, A.

    20/06/1622/06/16

    Project: Research

  • Student theses

    Aluminium and Oxygen Termination of Diamond for Thermionic Applications

    Author: James, M. C., 24 Mar 2020

    Supervisor: May, P. (Supervisor) & Fox, N. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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    Catalytic Dehydropolymerisation of Amine– and Phosphine–Boranes as a Route to Structurally Diverse Materials

    Author: Resendiz-Lara, D., 23 Jan 2019

    Supervisor: Manners, I. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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    Magnesium and zirconium Lewis acids for cooperative Lewis pair chemistry

    Author: Hamilton, H. B., 1 Oct 2019

    Supervisor: Wass, D. (Supervisor) & Hill, M. (External person) (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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    Activities

    • 2 Hosting an academic visitor
    • 2 - Research and Teaching at External Organisation
    • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

    Sanjib Patra

    Charl F J Faul (Host), , Ian Manners (Host), , Natalie Fey (Host), & Simon Burbidge (Host)

    23 Jul 201930 Jul 2019

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

    Samuel Chigome

    Charl F J Faul (Host), & Justice Archer (Host)

    20 Jun 201921 Jun 2019

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

    BGER: Spanning the globe – designer anisotropic nanostructures for energy storage applications (China)

    Charl F J Faul (Contributor)

    1 Jun 201231 Mar 2013

    Activity: Other activity types - Research and Teaching at External Organisation