Theoretical Investigation of the Electronic and Optical properties of Solar Cells Mater Theoretical Investigation of the Electronic and Optical properties of Solar Cells Mater Dr Aruna Ivaturi, leading the Smart Materials Research and Device Technology (SMaRDT) Group at the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde is using ARCHIE-WeSt to investigate the solar cell material properties (optical, electronic, structural and mechanical). The solar cell technology in focus is the recent champion in the field – ‘Perovskite Photovoltaics’, which has taken the solar PV by storm. This technology has evolved rapidly in the last couple of years with the fastest ever increase in the power conversion efficiency from around 4% in 2009 to 24.2% (under the standard AM1.5G) as of now. The focus of the group is to develop Highly Efficient Elastic Perovksite Solar Cells for indoor light harvesting funded (~£1.1M) by EPSRC fellowship project to Dr Ivaturi. The application of both experimental and numerical methods provides complementary analysis of the materials properties for the various hole transport materials, electron transport materials, and Perovskite absorber layers is important for the development of state-of-the-art highly efficient elastic perovskite solar cells. For more information about the project contact Dr Aruna Ivaturi (email@example.com), EPSRC Fellow, Chancellor’s Fellow and Lecturer at the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde. For a list of the research areas in which ARCHIE-WeSt users are active please click here.