Robert Ellis

MSc, MEng

  • Doctoral Researcher


Robert studied for a Masters in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Sussex graduating in 2015. After graduation, he worked for Ricardo PLC (engineering consultancy) for 5 years as a Development Engineer mainly in the area of small-scale internal combustion engines (ICEs). He returned to academia in 2021 to study for an MSc in Renewable Energy Systems Technology at Loughborough University and conducted a masters project investigating the effects of using tantalum as a dopant for tin dioxide to create high mobility transparent conducting oxide films (TCOs) for thin film solar cell application. Now studying for a PhD at Loughborough University mainly focusing on improving CdTe solar cell efficiencies through optimised automated manufacturing techniques.


  • First Class MEng with honours in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Sussex (2015 Graduation).
  • MSc with Distinction in Renewable Energy Systems Technology from Loughborough University (2022 Graduation). 


  • IMechE Institution Best Student Certificate from IMechE.
  • Engineering and Design Prize for an Outstanding Performance in Year 4 from Sussex University.

Main research interests

  • Thin Film Photovoltaics
  • CdTe Solar Cell Manufacture
  • Transparent Conducting Oxides