Dr Cecile Charbonneau: Research Theme Lead – Photovoltaics Nanomaterials

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Cecile’s current research activities involve the development of nanomaterials and their processing into compact and porous semiconductor metal oxide layers.

Cecile tends to favour a low-C footprint approach (aqueous precursors, low-temperature processing, roll-to-roll compatible deposition methods) to enable the commercialisation of novel products in the fields of 3rd generation photovoltaics and water purification. Cecile’s research tends to rely on the fine control of metal oxide colloids chemistry and materials surface properties, with the aim to formulate advanced precursors for smart coatings applications. She also contributes to the characterization of a wide range materials across various projects and provide basic training on techniques such as FEG-SEM, surface area/porosimetry and X-Ray diffraction.

Cecile’s teaching activities are spread across various portfolios of the College of Engineering: Foundation Year (EG-080: Fundamentals of Materials), Year 1 Materials and Chemical Engineering (EGA110: Instrumental and Analytical Chemistry); EGA113: Materials Case Studies) and Postgraduate Materials Engineering (EGS-M12: Applied Instrumental & Analytical Techniques, starting in February 2017)

Finally, Cecile has joined the Employability Skills Team in November 2015 as the Materials Engineering Employability Champion. She offers support to all students in Materials Engineering with regards to their career development (CV surgery, mentoring, etc.) and develops links between our department and industry to facilitate our students’ pathway towards employment. Cecile also make sure that our students get linked to our professional body, the Institute of Materials, Minerals, and Mining (IOM3), and work towards their Chartership.

Areas Of Interest

  • Synthesis of metal oxide nanoparticles
  • Fabrication of mesoporous and compact oxide layers
  • 3rd generation photovoltaics
  • Materials characterisation
  • Low-C processing of nano-colloids

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