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Chemistry Hatton Group


Every hour enough energy arrives at the surface of the earth from the sun to meet humanity’s energy requirements for a year. The challenge is to harvest even a small proportion of this energy in an economically viable and sustainable way. Recent technological innovations in conjunction with changes in the global energy landscape have dramatically increased demand for photovoltaic (PV) technologies. The unique selling point of PVs is their ability to silently convert sunlight directly into electricity without any moving parts or emissions, making them ideally suited for integration into the fabric of buildings. Whilst today’s PV technologies jostle for market share in this burgeoning sector the next generation are poised to disrupt the party in the near future. Organic and perovskite PVs are two such emerging technologies having already achieved certified power conversion efficiencies of ~ 18% and ~ 26% respectively.

One critical determinant of both the operational performance and cost of both organic and perovskite PVs is the window electrode, which must efficiently couple light into the device and extract current to the external circuit. The Hatton group is focused on understanding the science that underpins the operation of the window electrode in these promising new classes of PVs and the development of new electrodes and materials for these applications. This work is inherently cross-cutting and interdisciplinary, spanning new materials development through to device fabrication and characterisation. Our work also has numerous potential applications beyond PVs which we are open to exploring with interested parties.

Latest News

May 2020: Congratulations to Anjana Wijesekara for winning the prize for best talk at the post-graduate symposium!!

March 2020: Congratulations to Jessica on winning the RSC Energy Sector PhD Award for 2019 for her thesis entitled Nanostructured Copper Window & Reflective Electrodes for Organic Photovoltaics!

September 2019: Congratulations to Jessica on publication of her paper in Frontiers in Materials!

September 2019: Congratulations to Dinesha on publication of her paper in Advanced Functional Materials!

Find out more in its press release!

September 2019: Ross in conversation with the UK Youth Climate Coalition at the British Science Festival on 10thSeptember

August 2019: Congratulations to Silvia for publishing her first paper as a first author in the Hatton group!

Find out more in its press release!

July 2019: Congratulations to Jessica for passing successfully her PhD viva!

June 2019: Congratulations to Jaemin for publishing his first paper as a first author in the Hatton group!









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