Imperial College London

Nicholas Hylton

Faculty of Engineering

Research Strategy Manager



+44 (0)20 7594 9659n.hylton




Electrical EngineeringSouth Kensington Campus





Nic leads research development activities at Energy Futures Lab and supports the academic directors in developing the strategic direction for the institute. He is responsible for stimulating and supporting the development of cross-faculty collaborations in energy research at Imperial College London, with an emphasis on multidisciplinary programmes. 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.



Wilson T, Hylton NP, Harada Y, et al., 2018, Assessing the nature of the distribution of localised states in bulk GaAsBi, Scientific Reports, Vol:8, ISSN:2045-2322

Vaquero-Stainer A, Yoshida M, Hylton NP, et al., 2018, Semiconductor nanostructure quantum ratchet for high efficiency solar cells, Communications Physics, Vol:1, ISSN:2399-3650

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


Pusch A, Hylton NP, Ekins-Daukes NJ, 2018, Comparison of possible realizations of quantum ratchet intermediate band solar cells, Pages:1841-1844

Richards RD, Harun F, Cheong JS, et al., 2018, GaAsBi: an alternative to InGaAs based multiple quantum well photovoltaics, Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC), IEEE, Pages:1135-1137

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