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Prof Neil Beattie


Department: Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

Dr -Neil -BeattieI studied physics at the University of Strathclyde (1996-2000) before doing a PhD in semiconductor nanotechnology at the University of Cambridge (2000-2005). This research involved using quantum dots for applications in quantum information and was sponsored by Toshiba Research Europe.  Following my PhD, I was employed as an Innovation Consultant by Innovia Technology (2005-2009).  Working in this role I managed and delivered >£1M in R&D projects for some of the world’s biggest companies including Shell, Rolls-Royce, Boeing and Procter & Gamble. Combining my interest in sustainable energy with quantum physics, I joined Northumbria University in 2009 to work on novel semiconductor devices and in particular, solar cells. In 2013 I led the launch of Northumbria University’s BSc physics degrees which were accredited by the Institute of Physics in 2016.


Northumbria PV

North East Centre for Energy Materials

Campus Address

Ellison Building

PGR Supervision

  • Yuan Shi Investigation of a Novel Air Source Heat Pump Test Platform Start Date: 31/01/2011 End Date: 24/01/2013
  • Yongtao Qu Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 Solar Cells Prepared from Cu2ZnSnS4 Nanoparticle Inks Start Date: 22/10/2012 End Date: 05/04/2016
  • Ewan Matheson Atomically thin layers for energy harvesting and storage Start Date: 01/10/2019
  • Bethan Ford Probing the limiting factors of Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 as a photovoltaic absorber material Start Date: 01/10/2018
  • Xinya Xu Flexible Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 solar cells made from nanoparticle inks Start Date: 01/10/2015 End Date: 30/05/2019


  • Other Qualification December 01 2014
  • Education PCAPL June 03 2011
  • Physics PhD October 01 2000
  • Physics BSc (Hons) October 01 1996
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2014
  • Member Institute of Physics (IOP) 2014

Key Publications

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  • Defect limitations in Cu2ZnSn(S, Se)4 solar cells utilizing an In2S3 buffer layer, Campbell, S., Qu, Y., Gibbon, J., Edwards, H., Dhanak, V., Tiwari, D., Barrioz, V., Beattie, N., Zoppi, G. 29 May 2020, In: Journal of Applied Physics
  • Real-time electron nanoscopy of photovoltaic absorber formation from kesterite nanoparticles, Qu, Y., Chee, S., Duchamp, M., Campbell, S., Zoppi, G., Barrioz, V., Giret, Y., Penfold, T., Chaturvedi, A., Mirsaidov, U., Beattie, N. 27 Jan 2020, In: ACS Applied Energy Materials
  • Direct evidence of causality between chemical purity and band-edge potential fluctuations in nanoparticle ink-based Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 solar cells, Campbell, S., Qu, Y., Major, J., Lagarde, D., Labbé, C., Maiello, P., Barrioz, V., Beattie, N., Zoppi, G. 27 Mar 2019, In: Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics
  • Solution processing route to Na incorporation in CZTSSe nanoparticle ink solar cells on foil substrate, Xu, X., Qu, Y., Campbell, S., Le Garrec, M., Ford, B., Barrioz, V., Zoppi, G., Beattie, N. 1 Apr 2019, In: Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics
  • Study of thin film poly-crystalline CdTe solar cells presenting high acceptor concentrations achieved by in-situ arsenic doping, Kartopu, G., Oklobia, O., Turkay, D., Diercks, D., Gorman, B., Barrioz, V., Campbell, S., Major, J., Al Turkestani, M., Yerci, S., Barnes, T., Beattie, N., Zoppi, G., Jones, S., Irvine, S. 1 Jun 2019, In: Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells
  • CZTSSe Solar Cells from Nanoparticle Inks, Zoppi, G., Beattie, N. 1 Dec 2018
  • Design and fabrication of InAs/GaAs QD based intermediate band solar cells by quantum engineering, Beattie, N., See, P., Zoppi, G., Ushasree, P., Duchamp, M., Farrer, I., Donchev, V., Ritchie, D., Tomić, S. 29 Nov 2018, 2018 IEEE 7th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, WCPEC 2018 - A Joint Conference of 45th IEEE PVSC, 28th PVSEC and 34th EU PVSEC, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
  • Enhanced external quantum efficiency from Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 solar cells prepared from nanoparticle inks, Qu, Y., Zoppi, G., Peter, L., Beattie, N., Jourdain, S. Aug 2018, In: Japanese Journal of Applied Physics, Part 1: Regular Papers & Short Notes
  • Influence of OLA and FA ligands on the optical and electronic properties of Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 thin films and solar cells prepared from nanoparticle inks, Campbell, S., Qu, Y., Bowen, L., Chapon, P., Barrioz, V., Beattie, N., Zoppi, G. 15 Nov 2018, In: Solar Energy
  • Multiscale in modelling and validation for solar photovoltaics, Abu Hamed, T., Adamovic, N., Aeberhard, U., Alonso-alvarez, D., Amin-akhlaghi, Z., Auf Der Maur, M., Beattie, N., Bednar, N., Berland, K., Birner, S., Califano, M., Capan, I., Cerne, B., Chilibon, I., Connolly, J., Cortes Juan, F., Coutinho, J., David, C., Deppert, K., Donchev, V., Drev, M., Ehlen, B., Ekins-daukes, N., Even, J., Fara, L., Fuertes Marron, D., Gagliardi, A., Garrido, B., Gianneta, V., Gomes, M., Guillemoles, J., Guina, M., Halme, J., Hocevar, M., Jacak, L., Jacak, W., Jaksic, Z., Joseph, L., Kassavetis, S., Kazukauskas, V., Kleider, J., Kluczyk, K., Kopecek, R., Krasovec, U., Lazzari, J., Lifshitz, E., Loncaric, M., Madsen, S., Vega, A., Mencaraglia, D., Messing, M., Armando, F., Nassiopoulou, A., Neijm, A., Nemcsics, A., Neto, V., Pedesseau, L., Persson, C., Petridis, K., Popescu, L., Pucker, G., Radovanović, J., Rimada, J., Ristova, M., Savic, I., Savin, H., Sendova-vassileva, M., Sengul, A., Silva, J., Steiner, U., Storch, J., Stratakis, E., Tao, S., Tomanek, P., Tomić, S., Tukiainen, A., Turan, R., Ulloa, J., Wang, S., Yuksel, F., Zadny, J., Zarbakhsh, J. 23 Oct 2018, In: Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications

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