Our main research activities include;

  • Novel solar cell material development
  • Semiconductor coatings
  • Thin-film photovoltaics (PV)
  • Physical, chemical and electrical characterisation
  • Sensor design and development
  • Innovative high volume/in-line processing techniques

Current Research Projects

Solar Photovoltaic Academic Research Consortium (SPARC) IIERDF (002)

The funding (£7.2m) for SPARC II (Solar Photovoltaic Research Consortium) has been approved by the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) and provides underpinning funding for a collaboration of 6 research teams across the Universities of Swansea, Aberystwyth and Bangor. The purpose of this research funding is to build research capacity in solar photovoltaic research, to ensure that the SPARC II team can attract substantial competitive research funding that will enable new research partnerships for ground breaking research and lead to effective technology transfer in the future.

The SPARC II team cover a range of key expertise from power electronics through to synthesis of PV materials, devices and their characterisation. This is an exciting opportunity to build on past successes of inorganic thin film PV, Dye-sensitised Solar Cells (DSSC) and Perovskites. The SPARC I consortium has been expanded with the addition of Aberystwyth University Physics Department that brings a unique capability to make in situ measurements of fundamental film properties that will lead to more efficient and more robust solar cells.

For further information on this project, please contact Dr. Dan Lamb –