Dr Pereira demonstrated the fabrication of inverted OPV devices with a champion power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 8.7%, which was the highest reported efficiency for such a device using a copper-based transparent electrode. The results discussed in her thesis will aid the development of flexible, low cost, photovoltaics and the exploitation of the full potential of OPVs in energy harvesting in support of low-carbon energy generation. Dr Pereira completed her PhD studies at University of Warwick under the supervision of Dr Ross A Hatton.
The purpose of the award is to spotlight UK PhD research in the energy sector. The competition is judged largely on the content and quality of an Executive Summary submitted by the candidate and considers the following criteria: (i) the level to which the work addresses a clear identified need in UK or global energy requirements, (ii) the level to which the work adds significant new understanding to an aspect of the energy sector and (iii) the level to which the work contributes to quantifiable environmentally sustainable energy provision.
The Energy Sector Committee would like to thank all the candidates who entered the competition and provided a challenge for the judges to select the best entry.