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I joined Northumbria University in 2020 as a Senior ViceChancellor’s Fellow in the Department of Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering.

Prior to this, I completed my PhD in Chemistry at the University of Warwick with a thesis entitled “Nanostructured Copper Electrodes for Organic Photovoltaics” in 2015. I then worked at the University of Liverpool in the Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy from 2015-2020 specialising in photovoltaics.

My research interests lie in emerging materials for thin films solar cells and solar fuel applications. This involves fabricating and characterising photovoltaic devices, and the investigation of the properties of these fascinating materials such as antimony selenide, cadmium telluride, CZTSSe, perovskite materials and organic semiconductors.

Self-funded PhD candidates, CSC scholarship candidates and visiting PhD students are welcomed, please get in touch.

Please also get in touch regarding potential collaborations.

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Defect engineering in antimony selenide thin film solar cells, Wijesinghe, U., Longo, G., Hutter, O. 1 Jan 2023, In: Energy Advances
  • High temperature equilibrium of 3D and 2D chalcogenide perovskites, Longo, G., Whalley, L., Holland, A., Tiwari, D., Durose, K., Hutter, O., Kayastha, P. 1 May 2023, In: Solar RRL
  • Hybrid photocathode based on a Ni molecular catalyst and Sb2Se3 for solar H2 production, Garcia-Osorio, D., Shalvey, T., Banerji, L., Saeed, K., Neri, G., Phillips, L., Hutter, O., Casadevall, C., Antón-García, D., Reisner, E., Major, J., Cowan, A. 19 Jan 2023, In: Chemical Communications
  • Photonic Curing for Emerging Photovoltaic Absorbers, Longo, G., Wijesinghe, U., Tetlow, W., Hutter, O. 18 Dec 2023, Proceedings of MATSUS Spring 2024 Conference (MATSUS24), Valencia, Spain, Fundació Scito
  • Exploring the Role of Temperature and Hole Transport Layer on the Ribbon Orientation and Efficiency of Sb2Se3 cells Deposited via Thermal Evaporation, Voyce, R., Campbell, S., Hutter, O., Zoppi, G., Beattie, N., Gibson, E., Barrioz, V. 5 Jun 2022, 2022 IEEE 49th Photovoltaics Specialists Conference (PVSC), IEEE
  • Routes to Increase Performance for Antimony Selenide Solar Cells using Inorganic Hole Transport Layers, Campbell, S., Phillips, L., Major, J., Hutter, O., Voyce, R., Qu, Y., Beattie, N., Zoppi, G., Barrioz, V. 26 Sep 2022, In: Frontiers in Chemistry
  • Sodium Fluoride Doping Approach to CdTe Solar Cells, Shalvey, T., Shiel, H., Hutter, O., Zoppi, G., Bowen, L., Dhanak, V., Major, J. 25 Apr 2022, In: ACS Applied Energy Materials
  • Band alignment of Sb2O3 and Sb2Se3, Shiel, H., Hobson, T., Hutter, O., Phillips, L., Smiles, M., Jones, L., Featherstone, T., Swallow, J., Thakur, P., Lee, T., Major, J., Durose, K., Veal, T. 21 Jun 2021, In: Journal of Applied Physics
  • Chalcogenide perovskites for photovoltaics: current status and prospects, Tiwari, D., Hutter, O., Longo, G. 1 Jul 2021, In: Journal of Physics: Energy
  • Erratum: Density functional theory and experimental determination of band gaps and lattice parameters in kesterite cu2ZnSn(SxSe1- x)4, Tong, C., Edwards, H., Hobson, T., Hutter, O., Durose, K., Dhanak, V., Major, J., McKenna, K. 14 Jan 2021, In: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters

Udari Punchirala Arachchige Nano-ribbon solar fuel devices Start Date: 01/10/2021

  • Chemistry PhD April 30 2015
  • Member (MRSC) Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) 2020

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