Discipline: 
Physics
Status: 
Available
Level: 
Summer Project
Supervisor(s): 
Professor Ben Powell

Suitable for:  Advanced undergraduates, with strong physics or chemistry background.

Project:  To head off the threat to the planet posed by climate change we need to develop radical new technologies that change the way we generate and use electricity.  Solar cells and OLEDS represent two sides of this coin (light -> electricity) and (electricity -> light).  In this project, the Summer Research Scholar will perform state-of-the-art relativistic quantum mechanical calculations using the most powerful supercomputer in Australia.  You will computationally discover new design principles and, in close collaboration with colleagues in synthetic chemistry, invent new active materials for solar cells and/or OLEDs.

Expected outcomes:  Basic science

Duration:  6-10 weeks

Contact:  Professor Ben Powell, powell@physics.uq.edu.au or phone 61 +7 336 52401; room 418, Physics Annexe (6), UQ St Lucia campus.