Dr Zhe Li


Research Funding

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Current Funded Research Projects

Towards Thermally Resilient Photovoltaics: Optimising Perovskite Crystal Dynamics for Thermal Cycling Stable Solar Cells

Funding source: UKRI
Start: 05-06-2024  /  End: 01-09-2027
Amount: £200,000

To develop resilient halide perovskite structures to withstand extremely environmental conditions

Repairable Halide Perovskites for Sustainable Next Generation Photovoltaics

Funding source: UKRI
Start: 05-06-2024  /  End: 01-01-2027
Amount: £200,000

To develop sustainable perovskite solar modules by enabling on-device self-repairing functions

MAXIM-Mitigating the Ecotoxicological Impact of Perovskite Solar Cells

Funding source: AXA
Start: 01-06-2022  /  End: 31-01-2025
Amount: £100,000

This project aims to develop low Pb leaching rate perovskite materials for use in high performance and eco-friendly perovskite solar cells, building upon knowledge framework on the relationships between perovskite semiconductors’ materials structure and their ecotoxicity.

Previous Funded Research Projects

QMUL-HUST Partnership: Wide-Bandgap, Thermally-Evaporated Perovskite Solar Cells

The project aims to systematically investigate wide band gap (1.7 eV) perovskite solar cells prepared via the thermal evaporation method from the perspectives of defect formation mechanism and crystallisation kinetics. We will target wide bandgap CsPbI3 single-junction perovskite solar cells with a PCE of over 20%, which will pave the way for development of high performance and large area perovskite-silicon tandem solar cells.

Environmental impacts of lead leakage from perovskite photovoltaic integrated greenhouse

Funding source: Royal Society
Start: 14-03-2022  /  End: 13-03-2024

This project aims to build international collaboration networks to develop perovskite photovoltaic technologies for agrivoltaics applications, focusing - focusing on understanding the potential environmental impact of perovskite solar cells in agricultural production, food safety and agricultural plants.

EPSRC New Investigator Award: Stability of Organic Solar Cells Based on Non-Fullerene Acceptors

Funding source: EPSRC
Start: 24-09-2019  /  End: 31-10-2022

This EPSRC project aims to unravel the degradation mechanisms of organic solar cells based on non-fullerene acceptors and elucidate the material and device design rules to guide the development of high performance and high stability solar cells.

QMIF: Aerosol treatment of commercial perovskite solar cells for improved efficiency and stability

Development of aerosol treatment methods to improve the performance of commercial perovskite solar cells and panels