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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 ~ 12% and ~ 19% 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

June 2018: Hatton is lead guest editor of research topic in Frontiers in Materials titled: Window Electrodes for Emerging Thin Film Photovoltaics (NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS)

June 2018: Collaborative, joint experimental and computational study published in Materials Chemistry Frontiers: Cs1−xRbxSnI3 light harvesting semiconductors for perovskite photovoltaics

April 2018 Dinesha awarded a poster prize at the first Warwick Postdoctoral Science Symposium!

December 2017 Congratulations to Dinesha Dabera on her Nature Communications paper!

November 2017 Congratulations to Kenny Marshall for passing his PhD viva!

October 2017 Congratulations to Kenny Marshall for publishing his third paper!!

October 2017 Anjana Wijesekara from Sri Lanka joins our group

22 Sept 2017 SolarFest: Hatton group hosted year 5&6 pupils from Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School, Princethorpe


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