Third Generation Solar cells

Faculty members of the group are actively involved in the fabrication and investigation of various third generation solar cells: Organic Solar Cells, Dye-sensitized Solar Cells, Quantum Dot Sensitized Solar Cells and Perovskite Solar Cells. In the recent times, third generation solar cells emerge as a low-cost alternative to the widely utilized single crystal and amorphous Si solar cells. This type of solar cells can be fabricated without a ‘clean room’ environment. Our synthesis laboratory is equipped with all the equipment necessary for the fabrication of third generation solar cells. Apart from basic material characterizations, I-V (dark & illumination) and IPCE measurements can be carried in our laboratory.

Currently, our main focus area of research is the following.

  • Utilization of plasmonic nanoparticles in third generation solar cells
  • Utilization of novel dye in the dye-sensitized solar cells
  • Quantum dot sensitization of photoanode in solar cells
  • Development of flexible organic solar cells based on small molecules and conjugated polymers
Our research collaborators

National: IICT, Hyderabad, SU, Orisha, and IISER Pune (design and synthesis of materials)

International: Instituto de Nanociencia, Nanotecnología y Materiales Moleculares, Toledo, Spain Université de Bourgogne Institut de Chimie Moléculaire de l'Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ), The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology Av. Països Catalans 16 – 43007 Tarragona (Spain) Russian Academy of Science, Moscow University, Moscow Department of Photonics, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan

Prof. G.D. Sharma and Dr. Subhayan Biswas

Experimental Material Science

We work on the controlled growth of metal, metal oxide and core-shell nanostructures by different techniques (top-down and bottom-up both) and its study in the applications to the  Biosensors, Gas sensors,  Spintronics, Solar cell etc.

 Our research interest is also in the development of the organic solar cell, plasmonic and metamaterials.

Dr. Manish Singh

Materials Science and Engineering

We are developing novel materials for applications in emerging high-tech areas, viz, solid oxide fuel cells working at 500-600ºC, nanocomposite materials absorbing EM radiation over a broad frequency range, nano-photocatalysts, etc. We are also working on the development of new spintronics and magneto-optical device structures. Other areas of interest are studying the fundamental physics in different types of magnetic nanostructures and development of hydrogen storage systems for transportation.

Dr. Somnath Biswas

Biomedical Engineering

An ongoing project to develop an instrumental setup to detect the temporal variation of the vibration in the pulse and find out the cardiac volume accurately through some theoretical calculation. Some research study has been done in Kirlian photography and GDV images. Kirlian photography is a collection of photographic techniques used to capture the phenomenon of electrical coronal discharges. The purpose of study is to diagnose some serious diseases in a non invasive way. Presently we are trying to understand the working of myoelectric arms to suggest a better and improved design. A myoelectric arm uses electromyography signals from voluntarily contracted muscles within a person's residual limb on the surface of the skin to control the movements of elbow flexion, wrist rotation or hand opening/closing of the fingers.

Dr. Amit Neogi