We are an interdisciplinary team, with backgrounds in Materials Science, Engineering, Physics and Chemistry. The team includes students Dr. Hoye worked with in Cambridge and for whom he remains co-supervisor. Students arranged alphabetically by surname.

Principal Investigator

  • Dr Robert Hoye, FIMMM CEng CSci

    Robert Hoye

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    Dr Robert Hoye, FIMMM CEng CSci Lecturer in Materials | Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow

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    Robert  completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge (2012-2014). He was a postdoc at MIT (2015-2016) then an independent Research Fellow at Magdalene College (2016-2019) and Downing College (2019-2020) in Cambridge.  He was awarded the Young Engineer of the Year prize by the RAEng (2018).  More

    Location

    Royal School of Mines 2.27
    Department of Materials
    Imperial College London
    Exhibition Road
    London SW7 2AZ

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Postdocs

  • Dr. Sachin R. Rondiya

    Sachin

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    Dr. Sachin R. Rondiya Postdoctoral Research Associate

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    Sachin completed his Ph.D. at SPPU (2017). He was postdoc at INST (2018) and Cardiff University (2019-2021). He is a PDRA in Materials at Imperial and his supervisor is Dr. Hoye. Currently, he is working on developing ABZ2 materials. His work involves material design, photophysics, and prototype device fabrication.

    Location

    Department of Materials
    Imperial College London
    Exhibition Road
    London SW7 2AZ

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PhD students

  • Kavya Reddy Dudipala

    Kavya

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    Kavya Reddy Dudipala PhD student

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    Kavya completed her Intergrated Masters in Physics with specialisation in condensed matter physics, from University of Hyderabad (2012-2017). Later she pursued ‘Laurea Di Secondo Livello’ in Materials Science from University of Turin and Ludwig Maximilian University. She obtained an academic qualification of “Dottore Magistrale” in 2021. 

    Location

    Bessemer B321
    Department of Materials
    Imperial College London
    Exhibition Road
    London SW7 2AZ

  • Yuchen Fu

    Yuchen

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    Yuchen Fu PhD student

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    Yuchen  is a PhD student (202 1 -) in Materials at Imperial and  his  primary supervisor is Dr. Hoye.  He is working on developing solution-processed CuSbSe 2 thin films and investigating its defect tolerance and photovoltaic performance, as well as developing the growth of indium zinc oxide TCOs.

    Location

    Bessemer B321
    Department of Materials
    Imperial College London
    Exhibition Road
    London SW7 2AZ

  • Tahmida Huq

    Tahmida

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    Tahmida Huq PhD student

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    Tahmida is a PhD student (2016-) in Materials at Cambridge. Her primary supervisor is Prof. Judith Driscoll. Tahmida is working on developing layered materials for photovoltaics. She is also working with PragmatIC Printing LLC on  p- type TFTs for CMOS. She has a scholarship from the Aziz Foundation.

  • Yi-Teng Huang

    Yi-Teng

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    Yi-Teng Huang PhD student

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    Yi-Teng is a PhD student (2019-) in Physics at Cambridge. His primary supervisor is Dr. Akshay Rao. He is working on developing ternary bismuth chalcogenides for photovoltaics, with particular focus on their defect tolerance. He is funded by a government scholarship from Taiwan.

  • Zewei Li

    Zewei Li

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    Zewei Li PhD student

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    Zewei is a PhD student (2017-) in Physics at Cambridge. His primary supervisor is Prof. Sir Richard Friend. He is working on developing the growth of lead-free double perovskite thin films, with particular focus on tuning the bandgap and understanding the charge-carrier properties.

  • Ivy Liu

    Ivy (Pengjun) Liu

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    Ivy Liu PhD student

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    Ivy is a PhD student (2020-) in Materials at Imperial, and Dr. Hoye is her primary supervisor. She is working on lead-free vacancy-ordered double and triple perovskites for indoor light harvesting, as well as understanding interfacial losses between AP-CVD oxides grown over metal-halide perovskite absorbers.

    Location

    Bessemer B321
    Department of Materials
    Imperial College London
    Exhibition Road
    London SW7 2AZ

  • Junzhi (Jason) Ye

    Jason

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    Junzhi (Jason) Ye PhD student

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    Jason is a PhD student in Physics at Cambridge (2019-). His primary supervisor is Dr. Akshay Rao. He is working on nanostructured perovskites for lighting, as well as understanding the role of alkylammonium cation rotation on defect tolerance in lead-halide perovskites.

  • Kaiwen (Victor) Zhang

    Kaiwen

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    Kaiwen (Victor) Zhang PhD student

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    Kaiwen is a PhD student (2018-) in Chemical Engineering at Cambridge. His primary supervisor is Dr. Laura Torrente and is also co-supervised by Dr. Sam Stranks. He is working on developing the synthesis of core-shell perovskite nanocrystals by flow reactor synthesis.

  • Yiru Zhu

    Yiru

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    Yiru Zhu PhD student

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    Yiru is a PhD student (2019-) in Materials at Cambridge. Her primary supervisor is Prof. Manish Chhowalla. Her project focuses on understanding and controlling defects in two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides, particularly the role of cation orbital overlap on defect tolerance.

Masters students

  • Disha Bandyopadhyay

    Disha

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    Disha Bandyopadhyay MEng student

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    Disha is an MEng Materials with Nuclear Engineering student at Imperial. She is working on developing carbon monoxide gas sensors using physical vapour deposition.

    Location

    Department of Materials
    South Kensington Campus
    Exhibition Road
    London SW7 2AZ

Alumni

Alumni

Arranged by year and alphabetically by surname

YearNameRole in labHome InstitutionProject
2021 Christina Kong PhD student Imperial College London

Antimony chalcogenides for indoor light harvesting and photoconductive gas sensing

2021 Rob Jagt PhD student (co-supervised) University of Cambridge

Next generation optoelectronic devices for energy applications utilising metal oxides, bismuth oxyhalides and lead halide perovskites

2021 Ziyue (Phoenix) Yi PhD student (co-supervised) University of Cambridge

Stability study in lead-halide perovskite light-emitting diodes

2019 Katharina Börsig  Visiting Bachelors student University of Konstanz (Germany) Tuning the density of BiOI thin films grown by chemical vapour transport
2019 Laura Spies Visiting Masters student Ludwig Maximilians University (Germany) The effect of d-orbitals on ternary bismuth chalcogenide thin films for photovoltaics
2019 Mengyao Sun Visiting Bachelors Student Fudan University (China) Developing perovskite tandems with p-type silicon cells
2019 Yanhao Wang Summer intern University of Cambridge Developing the growth of ternary bismuth chalcogenide thin films 
2018-2019 Sam Hill Final-year project student University of Cambridge Printing oxides on perovskite solar cells from the vapour phase
2018-2019 Daniella Sauven Final-year project student University of Cambridge The effect of pressure on the growth of BiOI thin films 
2014-2019 Lana Lee PhD student (co-supervised) University of Cambridge Vapour-based growth of inorganic compounds for next-generation, stable photovoltaics
2014-2019 Ravi Raninga PhD student (co-supervised) University of Cambridge Controlling the electronic properties of printed metal oxides
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