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Justas Deveikis


I did my master's degree at the University of Warwick supervised by James Lloyd-Hughes (2020-2021). During master's studies I worked on developing multi-pixel photoconductive emitters used for generating azimuthally- and radially-polarised terahertz (THz) beams. More about the work here.


The aim of PhD project is to study dynamics of charge-carriers in perovskite nanostructures for optoelectronic applications. I am supervised by Rebecca Milot and James Lloyd-Hughes.

Perovskites are materials possessing chemical formula ABX3, where A, B are different size cations (A is larger than B) and X is an anion. Mixed organic-inorganic halide perovskites could rival silicon solar cells with less complex solution-based fabrication processing and potentially better performance and versatility, including the use of flexible substrates.

Substitution of A-cation with a long organic spacer of low dielectric constant separates the metal halide sheets forming layered perovskite, in a way similar to 2D materials, e.g. 2D GaAs quantum wells. Layered perovskites possess different properties than its 3D counterpart, such as the quantum confinement of electrons and holes within metal halide layer. This effect allows formation of exciton (bound electron-hole pair) after photon absorption, rather than free electron-hole pair as in 3D perovskite. Layered perovskites could be applied in devices, such as efficient light emitters and stable solar cells, but the investigation of charge carrier properties in these novel materials is necessary.

Fig 1. Crystal structure of 3D and layered perovskite

In my work, I study layered perovskites to understand how organic spacers (A) interact with the inorganic lattice. I study both optical steady state and time-resolved (pump-probe) spectroscopy to investigate the properties of charge carriers. I use transient electronic absorption spectroscopy (TEAS) to study how charge carrier population evolves with time on ultrafast timescale (ps).

Fig 2. Charge carrier dynamics of layered perovskite with different organic spacers

Position: PhD student

Start date: October 2021


Office: MAS 3.09