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Dr Yongtao Qu


Department: Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

I am a Research Fellow in the Department of Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering involved in research of kesterite thin film solar cells.

I received the 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 a thesis of  Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 thin film solar cells from nanoparticle inks. As an EPSRC project researcher, I joined the photovoltaic group at Northumbria University to conduct research on kesterite thin film solar cells.

Campus Address

E411 block
Ellison Building


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

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • 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
  • 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. 19 Dec 2019, In: ACS Applied Energy Materials
  • 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. Apr 2019, In: Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics
  • 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
  • Photovoltaic performance of CdS/CdTe junctions on ZnO nanorod arrays, Kartopu, G., Turkay, D., Ozcan, C., Hadibrata, W., Aurang, P., Yerci, S., Unalan, H., Barrioz, V., Qu, Y., Bowen, L., Gürlek, A., Maiello, P., Maiello, P., Turan, R., Irvine, S. Mar 2018, In: Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells
  • Reducing series resistance in Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 nanoparticle ink solar cells on flexible molybdenum foil substrates, Xu, X., Qu, Y., Barrioz, V., Zoppi, G., Beattie, N. 17 Jan 2018, In: RSC Advances
  • Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 Solar cells prepared from Cu2ZnSnS4 nanoparticle inks, Qu, Y. 2016
  • Effect of reaction conditions on the properties of Cu2ZnSnS4 nanocrystals, Qu, Y., Zoppi, G., Miles, R., Beattie, N. 25 Apr 2014


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