Lewis Wright

Current student

Course
PhD Student
Study area
Mathematics Education Centre

I chose my research area as an understanding of physics made me see the problems around climate change, but also a way to try and change things for the better.

Can you tell us about your research project?

Non-vacuum deposition techniques allow much lower start-up costs for manufacturing businesses. Low recoup costs give a company a better chance of staying in business, while cheap prices make products available to lower incomes.

CZTSSe is a second-generation material for solar energy that is comprised of Earth-abundant elements making it it cheap to source; spraying is a non-vacuum deposition with high material utilisation and the potential for high-throughput ‘roll to roll’ manufacture.

Combing low material and equipment costs, there is huge potential for widespread solar deployment.

What were you doing before you started your PhD?

Physics BSc, Loughborough.

How are you funding your studies?

Funded through the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in New and Sustainable Photovoltaics (CDT-PV).

What do you enjoy the most about studying a PhD?

You are asked your opinion on stuff, as opposed to producing correct answers.

Describe a day in the life of a PhD student?

1-2 hours of labs a day, varies depending on where I am in the cycle; mixing solutions, depositing, making devices, analysing. There are various meetings, presentations, and group discussions.

Why did you decide to undertake a PhD in your area?

An understanding of physics made me see the problems around climate change, but also a way to try and change things for the better.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I hope to take up a PostDoc.

If you could give one piece of advice to a future PhD student, what would it be?

Do not expect anyone to do anything for you - you have to instigate everything you want to do, and the sooner you start just doing things, the sooner stuff gets done. You are in charge of your own workflow, the only person hold you up is you.