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Dr Robert Hoye

Dr Robert Hoye

Thomas Nevile Junior Research Fellow (Magdalene College)

K28, Kapitza Building
Cavendish Laboratory
JJ Thomson Avenue, CB3 0HE
United Kingdom

Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 337287


Robert works on optoelectronics at the intersection of materials science, physics, chemistry and engineering. He is developing new materials for light emission and photovoltaics. Based in the Physics Department, he is working in collaboration with the Materials Science and Electrical Engineering Departments at Cambridge.

Previously, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the Photovoltaic Research Laboratory at MIT (2015-2016). There he was part of a team developing new design rules and methods for identifying defect-tolerant solar absorbers. This was in collaboration with theorists at NREL and the Colorado School of Mines. He also worked on developing new architectures for perovskite-silicon tandems in collaboration with Stanford University.

Robert completed his PhD (2012-2014) in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy and the University of Cambridge. He worked on tuning the energy levels of metal oxides made by atmospheric pressure chemical vapour deposition. This was used to improve electron extraction from thin film photovoltaics and electron injection into polymer and perovskite LEDs. Robert was awarded a College prize for best thesis. He was one of two scholars from New Zealand in his year supported by the Cambridge-Rutherford Memorial Scholarship for his doctoral studies.

Research Interests

  • Exploration of ns2 compounds as alternatives to Pb-based perovskites for solar cells
  • Perovskite light emitting diodes and polymer light emitting diodes
  • Perovskite-silicon tandem photovoltaics
  • Double perovskites for optoelectronics
  • Atmospheric pressure spatial atomic layer deposited metal oxides for optoelectronics and thin film transistors


  • scale-up
  • Optical spectroscopy
  • Polymers
  • Energy
  • Hybrid Nanomaterials,
  • Metal-organic
  • Nanomanufacturing,
  • Photovoltaics
  • NanoPhotonics
  • Organometallic compounds
  • Synthesis

Key Publications

A full publication list can be found on Google Scholar 

Perovskite-inspired photovoltaic materials


Metal oxides

Atmospheric pressure vapour deposition (AP-CVD and AP-SALD)