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Professor Douglas Halliday, BSc, PhD, FInstP, CPhys, SFHEA, FEI

Associate Professor in the Department of Physics
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43571
Room number: 153
Director in the Durham Energy Institute

(email at

University Responsibilities

Director of the Durham University Global Challenge Centre for Doctoral Training (2019-)

Director of the Multidisciplinary Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy (2010-)

Dean of the Graduate School (2005-2010)

Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Science (2002-2005)

Director of Postgraduate Training of the Faculty of Science (2000-2002)

College Mentor at St Aidan's College

Responsibilities within Physics Department

Chairman of the Board of Examiners in Physics

Teaching activity

Level 3 Team Projects

Supervising Level 4 projects

Postgraduate Lecture Course in Condensed Matter Physics

Postgraduate Lectures on MSc Energy and Society

Other Activities

Higher Education Reviewer for Quality Assurance Agency

Chair of UK Council for Graduate Education Executive Committee

Chair of the European Universities Association Energy and Envionment Platform

External Examiner Imperial College

Research Interests

Advanced spectroscopic studies of quantum and novel behaviour in electronic materials and devices. The aim of my work is elucidate the fundamental physical mechanisms which underlie the operation of electronic devices, leading to improvements in device operation. This is achieved through innovative, state of the art materials characterisation and optical spectroscopy facilities.

At present the main areas of my work are:

  1. Novel solar energy materials for thin film photovoltaic solar cell structures, novel quantum solar cell structures and sustainable materials for photovoltaic applications (Dr Hindmarch, Dr Mendis, Dr Szablewski)
  2. Rare earth doped Chevrel phase and metallic superconductors, noble metal films and nanostructures (Professor Hampshire)
  3. Vapour grown bulk II-VI crystals
  4. Polymer-Semiconductor organic-inorganic heterostructures (Professor Pettty, Dr Mendis, Dr Groves and Dr Szablewski)

(Please see CMP research group web pages for further details

Research Groups

Centre for Materials Physics

  • Inorganic Opto-Electroactive Materials

Department of Physics

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  • Becque, Joseph & Halliday, D. P. (2019). Modelling an optimised thin film solar cell. European Journal of Physics 40(2): 025501.
  • Altowairqi, Y., Alsubaie, A., Stroh, K.P., Perez-Marin, I.G., Bowen, L., Szablewski, M. & Halliday, D.P. (2019). The effect of annealing conditions: temperature, time, ramping rate and atmosphere on nanocrystal Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) thin film solar cell properties. Materials Today: Proceedings 18(2): 473-486.
  • Ridgeon, F.J., Raine, M.J., Lakrimi, M., Thomas, A., Boutboul, T. & Hampshire, D.P. (2018). Self-field Effects on JC(B,T) Measurements of Nb-Ti Strands in High Magnetic Fields. IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity 28(4): 9001805.
  • Bosson, C. J., Birch, M. T., Halliday, D. P., Knight, K. S., Gibbs, A. S. & Hatton, P. D. (2017). Cation disorder and phase transitions in the structurally complex solar cell material Cu2ZnSnS4. Journal of Materials Chemistry A 5(32): 16672-16680
  • Bosson, Christopher J., Birch, Max T., Halliday, Douglas P., Tang, Chiu C., Kleppe, Annette K. & Hatton, Peter D. (2017). Polymorphism in Cu2ZnSnS4 and new off-stoichiometric crystal structure types. Chemistry of Materials 29(22): 9829-9839.
  • Mullins, J. T., Dierre, F., Halliday, D. P., Tanner, B. K., Radley, I., Kang, Z. & Summers, C. J. (2017). Structural and optical properties of oxygen doped single crystal ZnTe grown by multi-tube physical vapour transport. Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics 28(16): 11950-11960.
  • Ridgeon, F. J., Raine, M. J., Halliday, D. P., Lakrimi, M., Thomas, A. & Hampshire, D. P. (2017). Superconducting Properties of Titanium alloys (Ti-64 and Ti-6242) for critical current barrels. IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity 27(4): 4201205.
  • Schneider, Andreas, Veale, Matthew C., Bell, Steven J., Duarte, Diana D., Wilson, Matthew D., Seller, Paul, Botchway, Stanley W., Choubey, Ashutosh & Halliday, D.p. (2014). Fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy analysis of defects in multi-tube physical vapor transport grown Cd1-xZnxTe. physica status solidi (a) 211(9): 2121.
  • Mendis BG, Shannon MD, Goodman MCJ, Major JD, Claridge R, Halliday DP & Durose K (2014). Direct observation of Cu,Zn cation disorder in Cu2ZnSnS4 solar cell absorber material using aberration corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy. Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications 22(1): 24-34.
  • Halliday, DP, Claridge, R, Goodman, MCJ, Mendis, BG, Durose, K & Major, JD (2013). Luminescence of Cu2ZnSnS4 polycrystals described by the fluctuating potential model. Journal of Applied Physics 113(22): 223503.
  • B L Williams, D P Halliday, B G Mendis & K Durose (2013). Microstructure and point defects in CdTe nanowires for photovoltaic applications. Nanotechnology 24(13): 135703.
  • Mendis, Budhika G. , Bishop, Sarah J. , Groves, Chris , Szablewski, Marek , Berlie, Adam & Halliday, Douglas P. (2013). Plasmon-loss imaging of polymer-methanofullerene bulk heterojunction solar cells. Applied Physics Letters 102(25): 253301.
  • Mendis, B G, Shannon, M D, Goodman, M C J, Major, J D, Taylor, A A, Halliday, D P & Durose, K (2013). The nature of electrostatic potential fluctuations in Cu2ZnSnS4 and their role on photovoltaic device performance. Journal of Physics: Conference Series 471: 012014.
  • Mendis, B.G. , Goodman, M.C.J. Major, J.D. Taylor, A.A. , Durose, K. & Halliday, D.P. (2012). The role of secondary phase precipitation on grain boundary electrical activity in Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) photovoltaic absorber layer material. Journal of Applied Physics 112(12): 124508.
  • Williams, B. L., Mendis, B., Bowen, L., Halliday, D. P. & Durose, K. (2011). Vapor-Liquid-Solid Growth of Cadmium Telluride Nanowires by Close-Space-Sublimation for Photovoltaic Applications. MRS Proceedings 1350: 13-18.

Conference Paper

  • Bosson, C.J., Birch, M.T., Halliday, D.P., Knight, K.S., Tang, C.C., Kleppe, A.K. & Hatton, P.D. (2016), Crystal structure and cation disorder in bulk Cu2ZnSnS4 using neutron diffraction and X-ray anomalous scattering, IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC) 2016 IEEE 43rd Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC). Portland, OR, IEEE, 0405-0410.
  • Peccerillo,E, Major,J., Phillips, L., Treharne, R., Whittles, T.J., Dhanak, V., Halliday, D.P. & Durose, K. (2014), Characterization of sulfurized CuSbS2 thin films for PV applications, 2014 IEEE 40th Photovoltaic Specialist Conference (PVSC). 0266.
  • Halliday, D. P., Williams, B. L., Durose, K., Mendis, B., Kartopu, G., Irvine, S. J. C., Zoppi, G. & Forbes, I. (2011), CdTe/CdS core-shell nanowire structures on glass substrates for photovoltaic applications — Growth and characterization, 2011 37th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference. 234-238.

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  • Condensed Matter Physics: Solar Cells
  • Renewable energy: Renewable Energy
  • Condensed Matter Physics: Semiconductors
  • Condensed Matter Physics: Optical Spectroscopy