TUoS project shortlisted for the IChemE Energy Award 2015

A joint project by The University of Sheffield and the University of Cambridge focusing on ‘the development and optimisation of spray-cast perovskite based photovoltaic devices has been shortlisted for the ‘Energy Award 2015’ sponsored by Rolls-Royce.

The demonstration has attracted significant academic and commercial interest, and opens a possibility to create low-cost PV devices onto a range of surfaces (both flat and curved) – a result that we hope will drive this technology towards the market – particularly in the built-in PV sector. This work is an example of how basic science and engineering has been used to underpin the development of new manufacturing technologies.

Partners are:
Mr. Alexander T. Barrows (Physics and Astronomy, University of Sheffield)
Dr. Andrew J. Pearson (Cavendish Lab, University of Cambridge)
Mr. Chan Kyu Kwak (Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Sheffield)
Dr. Alan D. F. Dunbar (Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Sheffield)
Dr. Alastair R. Buckley (Physics and Astronomy, University of Sheffield)
Prof. David G. Lidzey (Physics and Astronomy, University of Sheffield)


Perovskites are semiconducting materials that have recently found applications in photovoltaic (solar-cell) devices. These materials have been the subject of great interest as they combine high operational efficiency and low-cost processing, thereby potentially reducing the amount of embodied energy in a solar cell.

About the IChemE Awards

The first IChemE Awards – originally called the Excellence in Safety and Environment Awards – were held on 23 March 1994 at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham, UK. The IChemE Singapore Awards and IChemE North America Awards were established in 2012, followed by the IChemE Malaysia Awards in 2013. The IChemE Awards were re-named the IChemE Global Awards in 2013 in response to growing international interest.

About IChemE

IChemE (Institution of Chemical Engineers) is the hub for chemical, biochemical and process engineering professionals worldwide. With a growing global membership of 42,000, the Institution is at the heart of the process community, promoting competence and a commitment to best practice, advancing the discipline for the benefit of society, encouraging young people in science and engineering and supporting the professional development of its members.