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Winton Programme for the Physics of Sustainability

Department of Physics

Studying at Cambridge


Mr Maxim Tabachnyk

Mr Maxim Tabachnyk

Winton Scholar

Supervisor: Prof Richard Friend

Optoelectronics Group


B.Sc. in Physics at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (2009-2012)
MASt in Physics at University of Cambridge (2012-2013)

Research Interests

Singlet Exciton Fission Sensitized Solar Cells

In my PhD I plan to explore the physics behind singlet exciton fission in organic materials and its use in photovoltaics to reach efficiencies beyond the Shockley-Queisser limit. I will use optical transient absorption (TA) measurements to understand the dynamics of states involved down to a sub-ps resolution. Applying a static magnetic field on the sample in the TA setup will allow further analysis of spin states with differing couplings to the magnetic field. A better understanding of the mechanisms behind singlet exciton fission will help designing more efficient solar cells.