Imperial College London

Nicholas Hylton

Faculty of Engineering

Research Development Manager



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Electrical EngineeringSouth Kensington Campus





Nic is Research Development Manager at Energy Futures Lab and is responsible for supporting the development of cross-faculty collaborations at Imperial College London. His role is to stimulate, support and manage the development of energy research programmes with an emphasis on multidisciplinary research. This includes identifying technology trends and opportunities and mobilising the College community accordingly.

Prior to joining Energy Futures Lab Nic was active in academic research. He completed a PhD in Photon Physics at the University of Manchester studying the optical properties of semiconductor nanostructures for applications in energy efficient solid-state lighting.

Following his PhD Nic joined Imperial College to work on a range of research projects in the fields of solar energy and nanophotonics. This included working on a large European collaboration to improve solar cell efficiency using plasmonic nanostructures, as well as projects on molecular and inorganic photon up-conversion, intermediate band solar cells using the ‘quantum-ratchet’ concept and optical spectroscopy of semiconductor quantum wells for high efficiency multi-junction solar cells.



Lee K-H, Barnham KWJ, Roberts JS, et al., 2017, Investigation of Carrier Recombination Dynamics of InGaP/InGaAsP Multiple Quantum Wells for Solar Cells via Photoluminescence, Ieee Journal of Photovoltaics, Vol:7, ISSN:2156-3381, Pages:817-821

Richards RD, Mellor A, Harun F, et al., 2017, Photovoltaic characterisation of GaAsBi/GaAs multiple quantum well devices, Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, Vol:172, ISSN:0927-0248, Pages:238-243

Mellor A, Hylton NP, Maier SA, et al., 2017, Interstitial light-trapping design for multi-junction solar cells, Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, Vol:159, ISSN:0927-0248, Pages:212-218

Hylton NP, Hinrichsen TF, Vaquero-Stainer AR, et al., 2016, Photoluminescence upconversion at GaAs/InGaP2 interfaces driven by a sequential two-photon absorption mechanism, Physical Review B, Vol:93, ISSN:2469-9950


Thomas T, Wilson T, Fuhrer M, et al., Use of Double Band Anti-Crossing to Control Optical Absorption of GaAsSbN for Multi-Junction Solar Cells, 31st European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition

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