Dr Patrick Isherwood


  • Lecturer in Solar Energy

Research groups and centres


Patrick gained an MSci in Geoscience from the Unviersity of Durham in 2008, followed by an MSc in Engineering Geology from Newcastle University in 2010. He developed a keen interest in renewable energy (particularly solar energy) during his MSc and decided to pursue this further, undertaking a PhD at the Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST), part of Loughborough University’s Wolfson School. Having gained his doctorate in 2015, Patrick became a post-doctoral Research Associate at CREST prior to taking up his current post as a lecturer in 2018.

Outline of main research interests

  • Transparent conductive oxides for solar energy and related applications
  • Non-vacuum processed transparent conductive materials and development of facile atmospheric deposition processes
  • Optical and thermodynamic solar cell device modelling
  • Solar resource modelling

Selected publications

  • PJM Isherwood. Copper zinc oxide: Investigation into a p-type mixed metal oxide system, Vacuum 139, 173-177, 2017
  • PJM Isherwood, KT Butler, A Walsh, JM Walls. A tunable amorphous p-type ternary oxide system: The highly mismatched alloy of copper tin oxide, Journal of Applied Physics 118 (10), 105702, 2015
  • PJM Isherwood, N Neves, JW Bowers, P Newbatt, JM Walls. High quality aluminium doped zinc oxide target synthesis from nanoparticulate powder and characterisation of sputtered thin films, Thin Solid Films 566, 108-114, 2014
  • S Uličná, PJM Isherwood, PM Kaminski, JM Walls, J Li, CA Wolden. Development of ZnTe as a back contact material for thin film cadmium telluride solar cells, Vacuum 139, 159-163, 2017

External Collaborators

  • Southampton University
  • Bath University
  • Oxford University
  • Colorado State University
  • Dycotec Ltd

External roles and appointments

  • Institute of Physics – Ion and Plasma Surface Interactions group committee member and current newsletter editor