Mingzhe Yu (Avery) completed her bachelor degree of natural science in materials physics at Sichuan University, China. She later attended Imperial College London where she got her master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering with Distinction. Her project was about nickel-cobalt layered double hydroxide as active material for supercapacitors.
Her DPhil focuses on developing new processes to make silicon solar cells cheaper and more efficient by introducing permanent charges into dielectrics to modify the properties of the underlying silicon. The aim is to produce a complete solar cell using textured silicon wafers where the additional processing time (beyond wafering and texturing) is of the order of minutes at temperatures below 600C.