Dewei ZHAO, PhD in Electrical Engineering (China)

Zhao Dewei

Dewei holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and is currently working at the Wright Center for Photovoltaic Innovation and Commercialization at the University of Toledo, USA.

Current position: Research Assistant Professor at the University of Toledo, USA

Research focus: Perovskite solar cells, organic/inorganic hybrid solar cells, quantum dot light-emitting diodes and organic LEDs

His latest research focuses on perovskite solar cells, organic/inorganic hybrid solar cells, quantum dot light-emitting diodes and organic LEDs. In his PhD research, he explored energy related organic and inorganic optoelectronic devices and Nano devices.

In 2010 Dewei was awarded a Green Talent. After the award he conducted his postdoctoral research in the USA, including research stays at the University of Michigan and University of Florida from 2012 to 2014. He has published more than 40 papers in the field of solar cells, including several in prestigious international peer-review journals. In 2014 Dewei started to work as a postdoctoral associate at his current University in Toledo and was promoted to Research Assistant Professor in 2015.

2012 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-finance Students Abroad


CV as submitted for the Green Talents award (2010):

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Research focus: Organic solar cells

Zhao Dewei is originally from Liaoning Province in China. He earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in engineering in his home country before moving to Singapore.

There, he is currently working towards his PhD at the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering at Nanyang Technological University. His research focuses on organic solar cells with tandem and inverted structures. Organic solar cells with a tandem design consist of two layers of cells. One absorbs the high energy solar photons but is transparent to the lower energy photons, which are in turn absorbed by the second layer. This makes it possible to collect a broader light spectrum. In other words, such solar cells are more efficient. Mr Zhao hopes that his research will help optimise the performance of such organic solar cells since they are light weight and potentially cheap to produce. As such, they could play a key role in the future of sustainable energy technology.

The jury was just as impressed with Mr Zhao’s comprehensive expertise in the fields of organic solar cells, organic light-emitting diodes and organic thin-film transistors as with the 25 scientific papers he has already published, including several in prestigious international peer-review journals.

Mr Zhao views the Green Talents Forum as a unique opportunity: “There are so many famous professors and professional scientists in Germany who are actively and innovatively leading the advances of organic solar cells,” Zhao says.