Virginia Lafranconi

holds a Bachelor's degree (2021) in Chemistry from the Università degli Studi di Milano, during which she had the opportunity to study in Sweden as an Erasmus exchange student at Uppsala University, where she became interested in energy and the environment. For her bachelor thesis, she researched porphyrin-based dye-sensitised solar cells. With her commitment to innovation and a greener future, she completed her Master's degree in Low Carbon Technologies and Sustainable Chemistry at the University of Bologna (2023), during which she gained practical experience in photovoltaics and completed an internship at the IMS Institute in Bordeaux in the group of Prof. Guillaume Wantz. Guillaume Wantz.
There she worked on the synthesis of organic solar cells, in which chlorinated solvents are replaced by aqueous dispersions of polymer nanoparticles, and investigated the thermal stability of polymer-based layers for the production of solar cells for hybrid applications.
In January 2024, she moved to Graz to continue her PhD within the MSCA-DN programme OPVStability, which aims to develop innovative stabilisation tools for interfacial and bulk heterojunction morphology in OPV and is mainly carried out at Graz University of Technology under the supervision of Gregor Trimmel.

 

Hsuan-yu Wang

Hi, I’m Hsuanyu Wang. I completed my MSci Chemistry Degree at Imperial College London. I have a strong interest in green energy generation. I participated in an Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program in Prof. James Durrant’s group, where I used UV-vis to determine the glass transition temperature of photoresponsive organic materials. For my Master’s project, I worked under the supervision of Dr. Nicola Gasparini on enhancing the photochemical stability of organic photovoltaics through nature-inspired stabilizers.
For my PhD, I will continue my Master’s project, researching under the supervision of Dr. Vida Engmann at SDU. My project focuses on investigating the feasibility of incorporating antioxidants into a wider range of novel organic materials to enhance OPV's operational lifetime. 
 

Devina Gupta

Devina obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry with minors in Mathematics and Physics from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai (2022). She was awarded the Indian Academy of Sciences Summer Research Fellowship in 2021, where she was introduced to sustainable technologies as she studied the recovery of metals from spent automobile catalysts.
To further explore her interests in sustainable and green solutions to real-life problems she pursued a Master of Research in Nanomaterials from Imperial College London(2023). Under the joint supervision of Professor Saif Haque and Dr Thomas J. Macdonald, she worked on strategies to stabilize lead-free perovskite solar cells with the help of iodine capture agents. Her research focused on improving the long-term stability of the tin perovskite active layer while preserving its photovoltaic properties.
In (insert month) 2024, Devina joined Professor Heinz Amenitsch in CERIC-ERIC, Trieste as an MSCA-DN fellow in the OPVStability program. Her project focus is on the effect of environmental conditions on the stability and morphology of absorber layers and interfacial regions.

 

 

 

Manan Mehta

holds a Master of Research degree (2022) in Soft Electronic Materials from Imperial College London. He worked with Dr Piers Barnes on Perovskite based Memristors, Transistors and Memtransistors, and showed that ionic screening is responsible for poor gate modulation in perovskite transistors using simulations and demonstrated the first instance of gate-modulated filamentary resistive switching behaviour in perovskite memristive devices using experimental methods, and subsequently winning the Outstanding Achievement Award for Core Course on the MRes Soft Electronic Materials Course. In February 2024, he started his PhD under the supervision of Mariano Campoy-Quiles co-supervised by Sergi Riera-Lorente within the MSCA-DN programme, OPVStability, which aims to use high-throughput screening of organic materials for screening for power conversion efficiency and stability, evaluation of novel systems and processing parameter space, and study of large datasets that will be employed to feed statistical tools and artificial intelligence models.

Ece Cakir

earned a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry (2021) from Boğaziçi University's Department of Science and Literature, where she worked in wet-chemistry labs including nano and polymer chemistry and developed an interest in nanoscience.  During bachelor years, she completed many internships mostly in nanochemistry and energy centers, two of which are Shell and TUPRAS. TUPRAS especially holds an important milestone as it was the place where she gained theoretical knowledge based on energy in Turkey's largest industrial enterprise. She earned her master's degree in Materials Science and Engineering at Koç University (2024) with an interdisciplinary background from her bachelor's degree and research work. During this time, she obtained practical expertise with nanoparticles, quantum dots, and carbon dots. She acquired knowledge of various synthesis routes, characterisation, applications of these nanoparticles in the group of Prof. Havva Yağcı Acar. She enlarged her background knowledge on nanochemistry in KUYTAM where she had a chance to learn many spectroscopy techniques. She relocated to Linz in July 2024 in order to work at the Linz Institute for Organic Solar Cells (LIOS). Under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Markus Scharber, she is currently pursuing her PhD within the MSCA-DN programme OPVStability, with the goal of comprehending the intrinsic stability and degradation mechanisms of organic semiconductors in organic solar cells.