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Staff Profile



Senior Research Fellow


School of Engineering
University of Warwick
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Research Interests

To undertake novel research on the development of surface layers to improve both interfacial properties in future high efficiency silicon based photovoltaic (PV) devices, but to also enhance the longevity and storage capacity of lithium-ion batteries, thereby coupling advances in both energy harvesting and storage. I am interested in depositing surface layers by atomic layer deposition which include aluminium oxide, zinc oxide, tin oxide, hafnium oxide, aluminium nitride and silicon nitride. I am also actively involved in developing ionic solutions (derived from superacids) to form ultra-thin films on silicon surfaces for their use in solar cells. My approach is to develop dip-coat techniques for PV and battery storage applications. I'm actively involved in detecting and analysing defects in silicon materials and how their recombination activity can be mitigated in order to minimise their impact on the solar cell efficiency.


Nicholas E. Grant studied Physics at the University of Adelaide graduating with Honours in 2007. In 2008 he undertook a PhD in Photovoltaic Engineering at the Australian National University, graduating in 2012. In 2013, he was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, where he developed low temperature passivation methods to detect, quantify and annihilate bulk silicon defects. In 2016, he moved to the UK and undertook a research fellow position at the University of Warwick where he is working towards improving silicon photovoltaic material performance, and developing novel organic thin films.

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