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Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge

Studying at Cambridge


Tomi Baikie

Tomi Baikie

PhD Candidate

Maxwell Centre,
Cavendish Laboratory,
JJ Thomson Ave,



My PhD focuses on designing Luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs). LSCs comprise a transparent plastic film doped with luminophores that absorb and remit light. The light is then wave-guided within the film, thus concentrating it, and is finally absorbed by PVs attached at the ends. Theoretically, a LSC can outperform any optical concentration scheme due to its ability to concentrate diffuse light, something entropically forbidden for an optical concentrator. Nor does a LSC does require any solar tracking, as an optical concentrator does. Thus LSCs holds the promise of greatly reducing the cost of solar energy, as the low-cost, light-weight LSC could greatly reduce the use of PV panels, saving both the cost of the PV and lowering the balance of systems cost. 




Dr Akshay Rao

Professor Neil Greenham 

Professor Sir Richard Friend 


Supervision of Part II (Third Year) Quantum Computing Course 

Demonstration of Part IB (Second Year) Experimental Methods Course

Other Professional Activities

Committee Member Caithness International Science Festival 

Board Member EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in New and Sustainable Photovoltaics 


  • Optical spectroscopy
  • Polymers
  • Energy
  • Nanomanufacturing,
  • Photovoltaics
  • Nano-assembly