Dr Joe Briscoe MSci (Hons), PhD, ProfGradIMMM, MInstP
|Position:||Lecturer in Functional Surfaces|
|Tel:||-44 (0)20 7882 3552|
|Location:||Mile End, Eng, 113|
|Expertise:||Nanostructured materials for renewable energy applications: semiconductor photocatalysts; nanostructured photovoltaic devices; ferroelectrics for solar energy conversion; piezoelectric energy harvesting. Chemical synthesis of materials, material characterisation, device construction and testing.|
|Research Keywords:||Photovoltaics, 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 catalysts for the production of fuels from carbon dioxide (artificial photosynthesis) and the degradation of pollutants.
Dr Briscoe is now investigating a range of new material combinations for use in nanostructured, low-cost photovoltaics and photocatalysts, as well as developing ZnO nanorod-based energy harvesters (nanogenerators).