Masters Scholarship in Novel Perovskite like Antimony(V)Halide Complexes for Solar PV

The Scholarship is for a Research Masters to be conducted as a joint project between RMIT University and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO)

It is applicable to those wishing to work on the cutting edge of novel materials and thin-film solar cell device fabrication.

Value and duration

A stipend of $30,900 AUD per annum (pro-rata), plus tuition fee scholarship (international students) for 2 years

Number of scholarships available



Undergraduate degree (Science, Nanotechnology, Materials Science etc)

How to apply

Interested applicants should express interest by email to either Dr. Joel van Embden (RMIT) ( or Dr. Anthony Chesman (CSIRO) (

Open date

Applications are now open.

Close date

31st November 2018

Terms and conditions


Further information

Background: A new paradigm has recently emerged in the form of solution-processed semiconductor-based devices. One of the most attractive applications for solution-processed semiconductors is in the field of solar cells. Considerable effort is currently being applied to the production of solar panels made from solution processed methods, which are amenable to high throughput, low cost, roll-to-roll printing techniques. The ability to print a solar cell in air at mild temperatures is unparalleled in its capacity to significantly reduce the cost of solar cell manufacture.

Over the past several years, solution processed perovskite solar cells have emerged as a leading class of materials for the solar PV industry. At present, lead, tin, bismuth and antimony based perovskites are all under rigorous investigation. However, until very recently, organometal halide compounds of Sb(V) have been entirely overlooked in photovoltaic studies. Recent work incorporating N-ethylpyridinium hexabromoantimonate as an absorber layer for solar cells achieved a PCE of ~4%– higher than any other antimony perovskite device reported to date. This indicates immense promise for this new class of material.

Project Outline: During the Masters program the candidate will work on fabricating thin films from a series of novel organoantimony(V) halide complexes. The project tasks involve complex synthesis from established methods, thin film characterization, and solar cell device fabrication. The project is suitable for candidates with a Chemistry, Materials Science, or Applied Physics background.


For further enquiries please contact Dr. Joel van Embden via email: