Nanowire-enabled optoelectronic devices

Lead Research Organisation: University of Manchester
Department Name: Physics and Astronomy


The focus of the research is on the application of fast and spatially resolved optoelectronic measurements to photovoltaic materials, with the goal of understanding sub-micron scale electronic processes and relating this to photovoltaic performance. This research will involve a number of material systems, including nanowires with embedded quantum dots, and colloidal quantum dots. The first step will be to build characterisation equipment to measure carrier dynamics (interferometric time-correlated single photon counting, i-TCSPC), creating a fast and supersensitive photoluminescence measurement tool for microscopy applications. This will be used to study inhomogeneity in ensembles of nano-objects, including novel colloidal quantum dots and quantum-dot-in-wire structures. The surface passivation and electronic structure of these nano-objects will be studied primarily using synchrotron radiation, in order to make links between surface trapping and photoluminescence.


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/N509565/1 30/09/2016 29/09/2021
1794077 Studentship EP/N509565/1 30/09/2016 30/03/2020 Stefan Skalsky
Description I helped to develop a new device/technique which is now working to provide unique information about optoelectronic materials. This is technique has been patented and used in many research studies soon to be published online.
Exploitation Route It is hoped that findings by the developed technique will contribute to the understanding of various optoelectronic materials by research communities and ultimately accelerate their implementation in next-generation technologies.
Sectors Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software)


Title Quantum Spectrometer 
Description Single photon optical methodology for which the IP is currently being protected 
Type Of Material Technology assay or reagent 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Since the development, it has been used to provide unique information about optoelectronic materials which is hoped to soon be published if agreed by license. 
Title Interferometric Time-correlated Single Photon Counting 
Description Developed a new technique for the characterisation of optical materials which addresses some of the challenges of existing tehcniques 
IP Reference GB1907213.1 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted 2019
Licensed No
Impact The technique has been used in various soon to be published research studies
Description Presentation at conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Attending the Uk Semiconductors conference July 2019 and gave a presentation on some of my research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019