PhD Projects

ESR01: Employing ab-initio methods to study distinct scenarios of adsorption of organic molecules on inorganic surfaces / Thesis

Technical University of Graz (TUG), Austria Shashank Shekhar Harivyasi PhD Thesis download / Abstract: In this work, we study two distinct scenarios of adsorption of organic molecules on metal surfaces—non-planar Chloro boron-subphthalocyanine(ClB-SubPc) molecules on a Cu(111) surface as well as a perfluoroanthracenylaminoalkane thiolate selfassembled monolayer (SAM) that forms on Au(111) — using different methodologies albeit […]

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ESR02: Self-assembled, nanostructured organic materials for applications in electronics and optoelectronic devices

Universita’ Degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca (UMB), Italy | Develop novel self-assembly methods for generating nanostructured organic materials for application in solar cells and electronic devices. Extensive X-Ray reflectivity characterization is carried out at the Technical University of Graz and device testing is performed at the industry partner Danfoss in Denmark. Recent presentation.

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ESR05: Lifetimes of HOMO and LUMO states of organic molecules relevant for Organic Photovoltaics (OPV) on different substrates

CIC nanoGUNE, Spain | Calculations of the electronic ground state properties of organic molecules relevant to OPV on metals and TiO2 are performed. Developed simulation tools and codes are applied to systems of technological interest at Universita’ Degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca. A stay at SDU and Danfoss, Denmark, will assist in getting experience on problems […]

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ESR06: Electronic, spin-dependent, conductive properties of modified grapheme / Thesis

Universita’ Degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca (UMB), Italy | Ph.D. Thesis Abhilash Ravikumar Thesis download Abstract Understanding the adsorption mechanisms of organic molecules on graphene and their subsequent influence on the electronic and magnetic properties of this interface is essential in designing graphene based devices. In this thesis we perform first principles calculations based on density […]

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ESR07: Integration of plasmonic structures on organic solar cells / Thesis

The University of Southern Denmark Mina Mirsafaei / PhD Thesis Download Abstract: Organic photovoltaics represent the third generation PV technology, and it is a technology that offers large cost reductions using inexpensive materials and low cost printing fabrication techniques such as roll-to-roll processing. The lower power conversion efficiencies of organic solar cells, however, limit their […]

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ESR09: Fabrication, characterization and simulation of (transparent) organicelectrode/organic semiconductor interfaces

Technical University Dresden, Germany | This sub-project deals with the understanding of the (transparent) organic/organic semiconductor interface. Such interfaces are present in organic opto-electronic devices such as OLEDs and solar cells. Prototypal interfaces are fabricated and material interactions, energy level alignment and charge transport are studied with ultra-sensitive optical techniques, photo-electron spectroscopy and time resolved […]

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ESR10: Fabrication of 2D colloidal crystals over large areas for biosensing / Thesis

Universitat Autonoma de Madrid, Spain Paola Pellacani PhD Thesis Abstract Surface plasmon resonance (SPR) devices are widely applied as biosensing platfoms to perform a potentially sensitive, rapid, real-time, label free and/or multiplexed detection. As a drawback, this technology is often challenged by high instrumentation costs, poor interfacing capabilities with other analytical techniques and a lack […]

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ESR11: Fabrication and stability of hybrid organic/inorganic perovskite based solar cells and its module

Abengoa Research (AR), Spain | The subproject deals with the fabrication of organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite based solar cells and monitoring its PV properties with time. The project will be further strengthened by device encapsulation for undertaking stability studies and interface optimization by scanning probe microscopy. Accelerated life time studies will be also made under controlled […]

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ESR14: Lifetime and stability of solar modules

SDU, Denmark | The stability and lifetime of complete solar modules, array and systems is investigated. This project is carried out as collaboration of the University of Southern Denmark and Danfoss. Follow us on the ‘Solar Cell Group’. See a recent presentation.

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