Academics in the CPE have a number of flagship research projects in collaboration with the University of Cambridge:

Control of spin and coherence in electronic excitations in organic and hybrid organic/inorganic semiconductor structures

Funded by the EPSRC, this project aims to exploit singlet fission in organic and hybrid materials to increase the efficiency of solar cells. The project focuses on controlling spin and wavefunction delocalisation/coherence in devices with organic/inorganic heterojunctions. Researchers from the McCulloch group in the CPE (Chemistry) are collaborating with the research groups of Prof Sir Richard Friend, Prof Henry Snaith, Prof Henning Sirringhaus and Prof Neil Greenham at the University of Cambridge.

Spin-charge conversion and spin caloritronics at hybrid organic-inorganic interfaces

Funded by the European Research Council, this project involves researchers from Imperial College, the University of Cambridge, Johannes Gutenberg University, the Institute of Physics of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, and Hitachi Europe. The main objective of this project is to take spintronics to a level that inorganic spintronics cannot reach on its own. The project is based on new theoretical and experimental methodologies arising at the interface between two currently disjoint scientific communities, organic semiconductors and inorganic spintronics, and aims to exploit synergies between chemistry, physics and theory.

Singlet Fission Photon Multipliers - Adding Efficiency to Silicon Solar Cells

This project aims to develop a simple active film that can be applied to the front surface of a silicon (or any other) solar cell that will increase the cell efficiency by up to 4 percentage points. This will be achieved by capturing the high-energy photons from sunlight and converting them to two lower-energy photons that can be absorbed in the solar cell without energy losses to heat. This research is a collaboration between Prof Sir Richard Friend and Dr Akshay Rao at the University of Cambridge, and Prof Iain McCulloch at Imperial College.