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Atomic-scale understanding of the degradation of halide perovskites


This project aims to understand the atomic scale origin and mechanism of halide perovskite degradation.


Associate Professor Rongkun Zheng, Dr Feng Li.

Research location

School of Physics

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High-efficiency and low-cost perovskite solar cells have achieved remarkable progress over the last few years, but there is still a lack in understanding of why and how they degrade over time. This project aims to understand the instability of halide perovskites by revealing the changes in microstructure and electronic structure at the atomicscale. The expected outcomes of this project will advance our knowledge of the instability of perovskite solar cells and provide critical guidance for future development and optimisation. This will then help the local and global energy sector transition to sustainable energy and so benefit both the economy and the environment.

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HDR Inherent Requirements

In addition to the academic requirements set out in the Science Postgraduate Handbook, you may be required to satisfy a number of inherent requirements to complete this degree. Example of inherent requirement may include:

  • Confidential disclosure and registration of a disability that may hinder your performance in your degree;
  • Confidential disclosure of a pre-existing or current medical condition that may hinder your performance in your degree (e.g. heart disease, pace-maker, significant immune suppression, diabetes, vertigo, etc.);
  • Ability to perform independently and/or with minimal supervision;
  • Ability to undertake certain physical tasks (e.g. heavy lifting);
  • Ability to undertake observatory, sensory and communication tasks;
  • Ability to spend time at remote sites (e.g. One Tree Island, Narrabri and Camden);
  • Ability to work in confined spaces or at heights;
  • Ability to operate heavy machinery (e.g. farming equipment);
  • Hold or acquire an Australian driver’s licence;Hold a current scuba diving license;
  • Hold a current Working with Children Check;
  • Meet initial and ongoing immunisation requirements (e.g. Q-Fever, Vaccinia virus, Hepatitis, etc.)

You must consult with your nominated supervisor regarding any identified inherent requirements before completing your application.

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Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is 2844

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