Prof Stuart Irvine

Director of the Centre for Solar Energy Research (CSER)

Centre for Solar Energy Research, Glyndŵr University

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Stuart is a Research Professor in Solar Energy and Opto-electronics at Glyndŵr University. His current research interests include thin film photovoltaic (PV) research, transparent conducting oxides (TCOs), MOCVD of II-VI semiconductors, in-line deposition of thin film coatings for thin film PV, PV module fabrication, inkjet printing of metal contacts, characterisation of PV devices and PV modules. Interest in the fundamental mechanisms of MOCVD include reaction kinetics, precursor chemistry and nucleation mechanisms. The PV research entails innovative methods for improving PV module efficiency such as light management and extending the spectral range of PV devices. Monitoring of PV systems is aimed at exploring methods for extracting more energy under different climatic conditions. Other aspects of his research into PV performance include long term degradation mechanisms and carbon footprint of PV module manufacture.

Role in SOLCER

Work Package 1 leader


A. J. Clayton, S. J. C. Irvine, E. W. Jones, G. Kartopu, V. Barrioz, W. S. M. Brooks, “MOCVD of Cd(1-x)Zn(x)S/CdTe PV cells using an ultra-thin absorber layer”, Sol. Energy Mater. Sol. Cells 101 (2012) 68-72
R. E. Treharne, K. Hutchings, D. A. Lamb, S. J. C. Irvine, D. Lane, K. Durose, “Combinatorial optimisation of Al doped ZnO films for thin-film photovoltaics” J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 45 (2012) Article number 335102
S. D. Hodgson, W. S. M. Brooks, A. J. Clayton, G. Kartopu, V. Barrioz, S. J. C. Irvine, “Enhancing Blue Photoresponse in CdTe Photovoltaics by Luminescent Down-Shifting using Semiconductor Quantum Dots”, Nano Energy 2 (2013), pp. 21-27

G. Kartopu, A. J. Clayton, W. S.M. Brooks, S. D. Hodgson, V. Barrioz, A. Maertens, D. A. Lamb, and S. J.C. Irvine, “Effect of window layer composition in Cd1-xZnxS/CdTe solar cells”, Progress in Photovoltaics 22 (2014) 18-23

S. D. Hodgson, W. S. M. Brooks, A. J. Clayton, G. Kartopu, D. A. Lamb, V. Barrioz, S. J. C. Irvine, “Increased conversion efficiency in CdTe photovoltaics by luminescent down shifting with quantum dot/ PMMA films” Progress in Photovoltaics (accepted)

P. R. Chalker, P. A. Marshall, S. Romani, J. W. Roberts, S. J. C. Irvine, D. A. Lamb, A. J. Clayton, P. A. Williams, “Atomic layer deposition of Ga-doped ZnO transparent conducting oxide substrates for CdTe- based photovoltaics” J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A 31 (2013) 01A120

W. S. M. Brooks, S. J. C. Irvine and D. M. Taylor, “Scanning Kelvin probe measurements on As-doped CdTe solar cells”, Semicond. Sci. Technol. 28 (2013) 105024