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Dr Zhe Li
MPhys, PhD


Research Overview

Energy, Photovoltaics, Energy Harvesting, Plastic Electronics, Polymers, Functional Materials, Nanomaterials, Sustainable Materials


My research interest covers multiple disciplines of Materials Science including the development of solar cells and other optoelectronic devices for various target applications, nano-structured materials, device physics, photo-and physical-chemistry and thin film fabrication and characterisation.


Honours and awards:

Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA), 2020

Full member, EPSRC Peer Review College (2019)

Invited Executive Scientific Committee member (engineering division) of the UK Doctoral Researcher Awards (2019)

"2019 Emerging Investigators", Royal Society of Chemistry (2019)

EPSRC “New Investigator Award" (2018)

Invited Editorial Board Member of SN Applied Sciences, Springer Nature (2018)

EPSRC “Super Solar International and Industry Engagement” Award (2018)

EPSRC “Super Solar International and Industry Engagement” Award (2017)

Welsh Government “Ser Cymru II” research fellowship (2016)

Imperial College London trilateral symposium "Best Poster" Prize (2016)

EPSRC “Knowledge Transfer Secondment” Award (2014)

EPSRC "SuperGen" fully funded doctoral studentship (2009)

Mott Scholarship in Environmental Physics’ Award, awarded by Sir Nevill Francis Mott foundation of the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge (2009)

If you are interested in joining my research group as a postdoctoral researcher, postgraduate student or for an undergraduate internship, please contact me directly at My group also supports funding applications for outstanding PhD or postdoctoral candidates. Please also contact me for further details for these opportunities.

I am interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of:

Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells


Materials Science and Engineering

Device Physics of Optoelectronics

Thin Film Structural and Chemical Characterisation

Photo- and Physical- Chemistry