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EPSRC Reference: EP/X030245/1
Title: National Facility for High Resolution CL Analysis of Photovoltaic and Optoelectronic Devices
Principal Investigator: Walls, Professor JM
Other Investigators:
Zhou, Dr Z Goddard, Dr P Morrison, Professor K
Barth, Professor K Jepson, Dr M Bowers, Dr J
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
CTF Solar GmbH Durham, University of First Solar Inc
Imperial College London IQE (Europe) Ltd Nanoco
NREL (Nat Renewable Energy Laboratory) NSG Group (UK) Oxford Photovoltaics Ltd
Swansea University Swift Solar University of Bristol
University of Cambridge University of Edinburgh University of Liverpool
University of Oxford University of Sheffield University of Southampton
University of Surrey
Department: Wolfson Sch of Mech, Elec & Manufac Eng
Organisation: Loughborough University
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 31 January 2023 Ends: 30 January 2026 Value (£): 2,668,403
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Materials Characterisation
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Energy
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
22 Nov 2022 EPSRC Strategic Equipment Interview Panel November 2022 - Panel 1 Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form


To establish a National Facility for High Resolution Cathodoluminescence (CL) analysis of photovoltaic and optoelectronic devices. The facility will enable university and industrial researchers to correlate luminescence with defects, microstructure and composition down to the nanoscale. The facility will comprise:

1. CL on a dual beam Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) equipped with a Xenon plasma Focused Ion Beam (FIB). The Xe FIB will be used to extract lamellae from features detected in the SEM-CL for high resolution Transmission Electron Microscope analysis.

2. CL on a dedicated Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope (STEM) for nanoscale analysis.

The facility will be unique world-wide and help maintain the UK's position as a research leader in photovoltaic and optoelectronic device development.

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