Designing low-toxicity and stable perovskites for solar energy conversion

Project opportunity

This Earmarked Scholarship project is aligned with a recently awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.

Efficient solar energy conversion systems can significantly promote sustainable and low carbon-emission economy. This project aims to rationally design low-toxic and stable metal halide perovskites for efficient solar hydrogen conversion. The key concept is to design stable lead-free metal halide perovskite semiconductors with superior photophysical properties for solar-driven valuable chemical production. Metal halide perovskites are an extremely large family of crystalline compounds with a generic chemical formula ABX3, where typically A=CH3NH3+, HC(NH2)2+, Cs+ and/or other monovalent cation, B=Pb2+ and/or other divalent metal cation, and X=I, Br and/or Cl. In addition to the ABX3- type halide perovskite, there are several other types of halide perovskites depending on the diversity in the crystal structures and connectivity of the octahedron, where some of the trivalent metal cations can also form perovskite structure. This project aims to address the key challenges (i.e. stability and toxicity) in lead halide perovskite research fields by rational design low-toxic metal halide perovskites for solar energy conversion applications.

Scholarship value

As a scholarship recipient, you'll receive: 

  • living stipend of $32,192 per annum tax free (2023 rate), indexed annually
  • tuition fees covered
  • single Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)


Dr Miaoqiang Lyu

School of Chemical Engineering


Preferred educational background

Your application will be assessed on a competitive basis.

We take into account your

  • previous academic record
  • publication record
  • honours and awards
  • employment history.

A working knowledge of low band-gap semiconductors, material synthesis and photocatalytic research experience would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of chemical engineering or materials engineering and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of metal halide perovskites, solar cell and photocatalysis is highly desirable.

Latest commencement date

If you are the successful candidate, you must commence by Research Quarter 2, 2023. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date.

If you are an international applicant, you may need to apply much earlier for visa requirements.

How to apply

You apply for this project as part of your PhD program application.

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