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Dr Joe Briscoe MSci (Hons), PhD, ProfGradIMMM, MInstP

Dr Briscoe
Position: Lecturer in Functional Materials
Tel: -44 (0)20 7882 3552
Location: Mile End, Eng, 113
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Expertise: Nanostructured materials for renewable energy applications: Semiconductor photocatalysts, photoelectrocatalysis (PEC) & solar fuels; Nanostructured photovoltaic devices; Ferroelectrics for solar energy conversion; Piezoelectric energy harvesting. Chemical synthesis of nanomaterials and nanostructured thin films, material characterisation, device construction and testing.
Research Keywords: Photovoltaics, Solar Cells, Piezoelectric energy harvesting, Nanomaterials, Optoelectronic devices, Ferroelectrics, Solution synthesis

Dr Joe Briscoe completed an MSci at the University of Durham (Grey College) in Natural Sciences, which included researching the doping of ceramic zinc oxide under Dr Andy Brinkmann. Following this he undertook a PhD with Dr Steve Dunn at Cranfield University in nanostructured photovoltaic devices with a thesis titled, "Investigation of ZnO nanorod solar cells with layer-by-layer deposited CdTe quantum dot absorbers".

Upon completion of his PhD, Dr Briscoe moved to Queen Mary where he worked on the development of a new type of nanostructured piezoelectric energy harvesting device using ZnO nanorods, and the investigation of functional materials as novel photocatalysts for the production of fuels (solar fuels / artificial photosynthesis) and the degradation of pollutants.

Dr Briscoe's research is focussed on investigating a range of new materials, structures and material combinations for use in nanostructured, low-cost photovoltaics and photocatalysis. This includes earth-abundant and biomass-derived (renewable) materials, oxide-based devices, perovskites and dye-sensitised solar cells (DSSC). He is also continuing to develop ZnO nanorod-based energy harvesters (nanogenerators) including exploring commercial applications.

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