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About Dr Simon Hodgson

Simon completed his MChem degree at Bangor University in 2009 before joining the Centre for Solar Energy Research (CSER) at the University of Wales, Glyndŵr. At Glyndŵr he completed his Ph.D. entitled ‘Application of Quantum Dot Materials for Photon Management in Thin-Film Photovoltaics’ in 2014. His thesis focused on the use of fluorescent quantum dot materials to improve the performance of thin-film CdTe photovoltaic cells through photon management techniques.

After finishing his doctorate he stayed at CSER as a Research Assistant as part of the Smart Operations for a Low Carbon Energy Region ( project where he used metal-organic chemical vapour deposition to deposit monolithically integrated thin-film photovoltaic micro-modules. He joined the University of Chester department of Mechanical Engineering in May 2015 as a Researcher in Laser Surface Engineering ( In addition to developing functional surfaces for optical, antibiofouling, and coatings, applications he lectures in materials science, laser engineering and manufacturing technology. He also currently leads the new materials science and engineering course.


Simon’s research interests include 2nd and 3rd generation photovoltaics, photon management, applications of fluorescent nanocrystals, synthesis and processing of semiconductor oxides and the laser surface treatment of metals and polymers.

Published Work

  • S. D. Hodgson, G. Kartopu, S. L. Rugen-Hankey, A. J. Clayton, V. Barrioz, S. J. C. Irvine, “Accessing the Quantum Palette: Quantum-dot spectral conversion towards the BIPV application of thin-film micro-modules”, Journal of Optics 17, 2015, 105905. (DOI: 10.1088/2040-8978/17/10/105905)
  • Giray Kartopu, Laurie J. Phillips, Vincent Barrioz, Stuart J. C. Irvine, Simon D. Hodgson, Eva Tejedor, David Dupin, Andrew J. Clayton, Sarah L. Rugen-Hankey, Ken Durose, "Progression of metalorganic chemical vapour deposited CdTe thin film PV devices towards modules", Prog. Photovolt. Res. Appl. In Press (DOI: 10.1002/pip.2668)
  • S. D. Hodgson, S. Jones, P. J. Holliman, S. L. Rugen-Hankey, V. Barrioz, S. J. C. Irvine, “Porous ZnO as a novel encapsulation matrix for quantum dot based luminescent down-shifting films”, Materials Letters 130, 2014, 120-122. (DOI: 10.1016/j.matlet.2014.05.087)
  • S. D. Hodgson, W. S. M. Brooks, A. J. Clayton, G. Kartopu, V. Barrioz, S. J. C. Irvine, “The impact of quantum dot concentration on the optical properties of QD/PMMA luminescent down-shifting films applied to CdTe photovoltaic devices”, Nano Energy 4, 2014, 1-6. (DOI: 10.1016/j.nanoen.2013.12.004)
  • S. D. Hodgson, W. S. M. Brooks, A. J. Clayton, G. Kartopu, D. A. Lamb, V. Barrioz, S. J. C. Irvine, “Increased conversion efficiency in CdTe photovoltaics by luminescent down-shifting with quantum dot/PMMA films”, Prog. Photovolt. Res. Appl. 23, 2015, 150-159. (DOI: 10.1002/pip.2408)
  • G. Kartopu, A. J. Clayton, W. S. M. Brooks, S. D. Hodgson, V. Barrioz, A. Maertens, D. A. Lamb, S. J. C. Irvine, “Effect of window layer composition in Cd1-xZnxS/CdTe solar cells”, Prog. Photovolt. Res. Appl.  22, 2014, 18-23. (DOI: 10.1002/pip.2272)
  • S. D. Hodgson, W. S. M. Brooks, A. J. Clayton, G. Kartopu, V. Barrioz, S. J. C. Irvine, “Enhancing blue photoresponse in CdTe photovoltaics by luminescent down-shifting using semiconductor quantum dot/PMMA films”, Nano Energy 2/1, 2013, 21-27. (DOI: 10.1016/j.nanoen.2012.07.006)


MChem, Ph.D