Perovskite solar cells – today’s future tomorrow

Date(s) - Friday, June 6, 2014
12:45 pm - 2:00 pm


6 people are going

Seminar Room 3


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Thomas Lightens, Oxford physicist (with Jim Balls, Oxford physicist)


Thomas Lightens will speak about how perovskite solar cells work and how they could change the world. Perovskites have equivalent efficiency to existing silicon-based pholtovoltaics, but are potentially significantly cheaper to make. Consequently, they could be a key tool in the fight against climate change.


Professor Lightens’ lab are at the leading edge of global research into perovskite pholtovoltaics. Considered by many to be the Madame Bovary of solar cell research, Lightens will cast a sideways glance over the whole bolus of solar power, and explain why silicon is a busted flush and ‘perovs’ should receive all future government funding.



At Professor Lightens’ request, here is a list of some of his Nature and Science papers:

Mesoporous TiO2 single crystals delivering enhanced mobility and optoelectronic device performance‘ Nature 2013.

Electron-hole diffusion lengths exceeding 1 micrometer in an organometal trihalide perovskite absorber‘, Science 2013

‘Delimiting the electro-capacity of post-prandial solar cells with differential onanistic bravelengths’, Science 2013

Overcoming ultraviolet light instability of sensitized TiO2 with meso-superstructured organometal tri-halide perovskite solar cells‘ Nature 2013


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