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Dr Joe Briscoe
MSci (Hons), PhD, FHEA, CSci, MIMMM, MInstP


Research Overview

Photovoltaics, Solar Cells, Piezoelectric energy harvesting, Nanomaterials, Optoelectronic devices, Ferroelectrics, Solution synthesis


Nanostructured and functional materials for sustainable energy applications, including:

  • Photovoltaics
  • Photocatalysis and photoelectrocatalysis (PEC) for artificial photosynthesis (solar fuels)
  • Piezoelectric energy harvesting


  • Synthesis of nanostructured functional materials, e.g. light-absorber, charge transport layers, photocatalyst (PC) and photoelectrocatalyst (PEC) materials, ferroelectrics, piezoelectrics.
  • Fabrication and testing of inorganic and hybrid devices including:
    • Dye-sensitised solar cells (DSSCs)
    • Hybrid organic inorganic lead halide perovskites
    • Quantum dot-sensitised solar cells
    • Inorganic/organic hybrid nanostructured PVs.
    • Nanostructured piezoelectric energy harvestors on flexible substrates.
  • Material characterisation including SEM, XRD, XPS, UV-Vis spectroscopy, PL, AFM/PFM.