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Photon Management for Solar Energy Harvesting with Hybrid Excitonics

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Project "SOLARX" data sheet

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postcode: CB2 1TN

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙499˙585 €
 EC max contribution 1˙499˙585 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2017-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-04-01   to  2023-03-31


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 Project objective

In nature, biological light harvesting complexes use antennas molecules to harvest photons, generate excitons and then funnel them to the reaction centre where their energy is used to drive photosynthesis. Inspired by this paradigm, SOLARX will explore new strategies for photon management in solar energy harvesting, based on the transfer and manipulation of excitons at hybrid interfaces. At the core of SOLARX is our development of a new femtosecond transient absorption imaging technique with sub-10fs time resolution and sub-diffraction limit spatial resolution. This opens completely new possibilities to explore excitonic physics at the nanoscale, directly visualising not just the motion of excitons but understanding how vibronic coupling and local structure affects their dynamics. Building on this platform we will deliver ground-breaking new insights into excitonic process in and at the interfaces between organic semiconductors, quantum dots, 2D monolayer semiconductors and lanthanide doped nanoparticles. We will elucidate the fundamental nanoscale dynamics of: (1) endothermic singlet fission, (2) the injection of triplet excitons into lanthanide doped nanoparticles and (3) the motion of excitons in 2D monolayer semiconductors and how these excitons can be funnelled over µm length scales to be transferred to quantum dots. We will then use these insights to develop proof of concept demonstrations of structures which harvest photons across the visible and NIR, efficiently converting high energy visible photons to two NIR photons and then concentrating these photons within structures with the potential to achieve concentration factors well above 100, thus concentrating light to drastically reduce the number of PV panels and hence dramatically reducing the cost of solar energy. SOLARX will thus explore and elucidate fundamental new excitonic physics and use these insights to bring a paradigm shift to solar energy harvesting technologies.


List of deliverables.
Data Management Plan Open Research Data Pilot 2020-01-14 11:50:43

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of SOLARX deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Jooyoung Sung, Christoph Schnedermann, Limeng Ni, Aditya Sadhanala, Richard Y. S. Chen, Changsoon Cho, Lee Priest, Jong Min Lim, Hyun-Kyung Kim, Bartomeu Monserrat, Philipp Kukura, Akshay Rao
Long-range ballistic propagation of carriers in methylammonium lead iodide perovskite thin films
published pages: , ISSN: 1745-2473, DOI: 10.1038/s41567-019-0730-2
Nature Physics 2020-03-06
2019 Christoph Schnedermann, Jooyoung Sung, Raj Pandya, Sachin Dev Verma, Richard Y. S. Chen, Nicolas Gauriot, Hope M. Bretscher, Philipp Kukura, Akshay Rao
Ultrafast Tracking of Exciton and Charge Carrier Transport in Optoelectronic Materials on the Nanometer Scale
published pages: 6727-6733, ISSN: 1948-7185, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.9b02437
The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 10/21 2020-01-16
2019 Jesse R. Allardice, Arya Thampi, Simon Dowland, James Xiao, Victor Gray, Zhilong Zhang, Peter Budden, Anthony J. Petty, Nathaniel J. L. K. Davis, Neil C. Greenham, John E. Anthony, Akshay Rao
Engineering Molecular Ligand Shells on Quantum Dots for Quantitative Harvesting of Triplet Excitons Generated by Singlet Fission
published pages: 12907-12915, ISSN: 0002-7863, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.9b06584
Journal of the American Chemical Society 141/32 2020-01-16
2019 Arelo O. A Tanoh, Jack Alexander-Webber, James Xiao, Géraud Delport, Cyan A. Williams, Hope Bretscher, Nicolas Gauriot, Jesse Allardice, Raj Pandya, Ye Fan, Zhaojun Li, Silvia Vignolini, Samuel D. Stranks, Stephan Hofmann, Akshay Rao
Enhancing Photoluminescence and Mobilities in WS 2 Monolayers with Oleic Acid Ligands
published pages: 6299-6307, ISSN: 1530-6984, DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.9b02431
Nano Letters 19/9 2020-01-16

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