Advancing the Efficiency and Production Potential of Excitonic Solar Cells



A DST-RCUK project ‘Advancing the Efficiency and Production Potential of Excitonic Solar Cells’ has been awarded the Newton Prize

A multi-institute consortium of several universities from India and the UK, co-funded by Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Research Council of the UK (RCUK), for the project titled "Advancing the Efficiency and Production Potential of Excitonic Solar Cells (APEX)" has been awarded the Newton Prize worth £200,000 at an event on 1st November 2017 in New Delhi, presented by Minister for Universities, Science and Research Jo Johnson and Sir Venki Ramakrishnan, Chair of the Newton Prize Committee and President of the Royal Society. The project was conducted under the flagship of India-UK consortium project APEX-II (Advancing the Efficiency of Excitonic Solar Cells). The project has focused on developing advanced materials and process technologies to create cleaner, more sustainable and affordable energy with aim to improve the quality of life in various parts of the world including villages in developing countries. In addition to several publications and patents, the project has led to strong partnerships between academic groups of various institutes of India and UK as well as Industries. The consortium was coordinated by Prof. Hari Upadhyaya of Brunel University and Dr. Suresh Chand of NPL Delhi (Phase-I) and Prof. Viresh Dutta of IIT Delhi (Phase-II). IIT Kanpur has been the partner of this consortium since its inception in 2010 with Professor Ashish Garg, Department of Materials Science and Engineering being the Principal Investigator. The other participating institutes from India are IIT Delhi, IISc Bangalore, CSIR-NPL New Delhi, CSIR-NCL/IISER Pune, JNCASR Bangalore, and CSIR-IICT Hyderabad while UK partnering institutions are Imperial College London, Cambridge University, University of Oxford, Swansea University, Edinburgh University and several industrial partners from both India and UK. The project has also resulted in the award of SUNRISE project which has been funded as part of the GCRF grow call by the UK Government and is scheduled on start in early 2018.

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