Position #41 – Graphene for energy applications: supercapacitors and solar cells

Host institution
ES - Universidad Politecnica de Madrid
Lab or research department name
Instituto de Sistemas Optoelectrónicos y Microtecnología (www.isom.upm.es)
Electrical Engineering
Sub-domain or keywords
Sustainable energy, Graphene PE-CVD, transfer, energy storage, supercapacitors, solar cells
Type of mobility
Duration (months)
From 8 to 10 months

DESCRIPTION : Two independent positions are offered for the two topics of supercapacitors and solar cells. In both cases, a brand new plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition system (Aixtron BM Pro) will be used for the preparation of the graphene material.

Electrodes will be developed by growth of graphene on 3D metal foams, using plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition. Their capacitance will be improved by using either conductive polymers or electrodeposited metal oxide nanoparticles. Supercapacitors cells will be fabricated and measured by means of a potenciostat-galvanostat system.

Solar cells:
2D graphene sheets will be grown by plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition on metal foils or blocks, typically made of copper. The graphene will be transferred to test substrates using different techniques, and the electrical conductivity and defect density of the graphene sheet will be characterized. Finally, different material (Si-, GaAs- and ZnO-) based solar cells covered by graphene will be characterised.

From January 2016
Maximum available positions
High level of written and spoken English. Previous experience in electrochemistry (for supercapacitors) and electrical characterization (for solar cells).
Fernando Calle <fernando.calle@upm.es>