Skip navigation

Dr Yongtao Qu

Senior Lecturer

Department: Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

 

I received my BSc degree in Materials Chemistry and MSc degree in Inorganic Chemistry in 2008 and 2011 respectively. I then joined Northumbria University in 2012 and awarded a PhD degree in Physics in 2016 for my work in thin film solar cells from nanoparticle inks. My current research interest is to explore and understand the interfaces between the materials within the solar cells over a full range of length scales (atom to device), from the investigation of atomic ordering in the absorber to the improvement of PV devices via reduced back contact barrier using alternative nanoparticle fabrication strategy. I am directly contributing as the Centre manager to the running of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Renewable Energy Northeast Universities (ReNU), partnering with Durham and Newcastle Universities and 36 industrial partners, as well as being a partner on the North East Centre for Energy Materials.

Links

Renewable Energy Northeast Universities

 

 

Yongtao Qu

Campus Address

E411 block
Ellison Building


Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Dr Qu is expertized in the development, fabrication, characterisation, thin film PV devices from printable nanoparticle inks, which provides added benefit to high volume and high value manufacturing to develop a reliable and transferable technology in light weight Earth abundant solar cells. His current research interest is to explore and understand the interfaces between the materials within the solar cells over a full range of length scales (atom to device), from the investigation of atomic ordering in the absorber to the improvement of PV devices via reduced back contact barrier using alternative nanoparticle fabrication strategy. He also has wide research interests in green energy materials, including fullerene C60 carbon materials, insulation/flame-retardant materials and CO2 adsorption/storage materials.

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Ex-situ Ge-doping of CZTS Nanocrystals and CZTSSe Solar Absorber Films, Naylor, M., Tiwari, D., Sheppard, A., Laverock, J., Campbell, S., Ford, B., Xu, X., Jones, M., Qu, Y., Maiello, P., Barrioz, V., Beattie, N., Fox, N., Fermin, D., Zoppi, G. 27 Apr 2022, In: Faraday Discussions
  • Preparation and thermal properties analysis of fatty acids/1-hexadecanol binary eutectic phase change materials reinforced with TiO2 particles, Zhang, R., Chen, D., Chen, L., Cao, X., Liu, X., Qu, Y. 4 Apr 2022, In: Journal of Energy Storage
  • Recovery mechanisms in aged kesterite solar cells, Campbell, S., Duchamp, M., Ford, B., Jones, M., Nguyen, L., Naylor, M., Xu, X., Maiello, P., Zoppi, G., Barrioz, V., Beattie, N., Qu, Y. 8 Mar 2022, In: ACS Applied Energy Materials
  • 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
  • Innovative fabrication of low-cost kesterite solar cells for distributed energy applications, Xu, X., Qu, Y., Duchamp, M., Mirsaidov, U., Campbell, S., Barrioz, V., Zoppi, G., Beattie, N. 15 Jun 2020, 2020 47th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2020, Piscataway, NJ, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
  • 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
  • Control over Tuning Fullerene Microcrystals by Means of Engineering Charge-Transfer Interactions, Wang, B., Qu, Y., Piao, G., Guldi, D. 8 May 2019, In: ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
  • 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

PGR Supervision

Michael Jones Back contact engineering for high performance kesterite solar cells Start Date: 01/10/2020

Qualifications

  • Physics PhD April 05 2016
  • Other Courses MSc June 30 2011
  • Member Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) 2015
  • Member Institute of Physics


a sign in front of a crowd
+

Northumbria Open Days

Open Days are a great way for you to get a feel of the University, the city of Newcastle upon Tyne and the course(s) you are interested in.

Research at Northumbria
+

Research at Northumbria

Research is the life blood of a University and at Northumbria University we pride ourselves on research that makes a difference; research that has application and affects people's lives.

a person sitting at a table
+

Order your prospectus

If you would like to know more about our courses, or life in general as a student at Northumbria, then we can help you.

Latest News and Features

Northumbria University has launched a new report that sets out its social impact and identifies where it is spreading opportunity to those who need it most.  The Social Mobility Impact Report has been developed in partnership with former Education Secretary Rt Hon Justine Greening.
MFA student Celia Burbush, MFA co-Programme Leader Gavin Butt and Deputy Head of Arts, Steve Gilroy, are pictured outside the new look Gallery North.
Minister for Science, Research and Innovation opens £2m investment in region’s Engineering and Environment students
REF 2021
Professor Andrew Wathey CBE speaking at the Rutherford Roundtable
Sarah Munro, Director of BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art stood next to Professor Katy Shaw, Director of Cultural Partnerships at Northumbria University, in front of The Travelling Gallery bus in the Quad on Northumbria University's campus.
More news

Back to top