PhD students


Diyar Mousa Othman (Oct 2020-Present)

Project title: Integrated Colloidal Quantum Dot (QD) smart optoelectronic devices for the Internet of Things (IoT). 

Industrial supervisor: Dr (Quentin) Quan Lyu (Huawei UK) 

Second-supervisor: Prof. Julia A. Weinstein (University of Sheffield)

My name is Diyar Mousa Othman. I am from Cyprus and I graduated with a BSc in Physics from the University of Manchester in 2020. My dissertation was on the Future of Energy. In my summer break after second year, I did a summer internship at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre.

Funder: EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing and Huawei Cambridge


Xiaoyu Wen (Apr 2021-Present)

Project title: Lead-free Perovskite for High-Performance Multiple-junction Solar cells

Second supervisor: Prof. Peter M Smowton

Third supervisor: Prof. Gao Min (School of Engineering)

My name is Xiaoyu Wen. I received my Bachelor degree in Physics and theoretical physics from Kings College London. I am a big fan of sunbathing (for both myself and my semiconductor devices) and great hikes.


Alexander Osypiw (Oct 2021-Present)

Project title: Colloidal Quantum Dots for Visible-Light Communications

Second supervisor: Prof. Peter M Smowton

Third supervisor: Dr Stefano Leoni (School of Chemistry)

My name is Alexander Osypiw. I have achieved a Master degree in Physics at Aberystwyth University. I have done projects on quantum chemistry calculations for laser cooling molecules and radiation dose-dependent infrared photoluminescence of feldspar. 



Munerah Almajed (Oct 2021-Present)

Project title: Compound semiconductors for Emerging Transparent Photovoltaics

Second supervisor: Prof. Gao Min (School of Engineering)

My name is Munerah Amajed, I achieved a bachelor’s degree in Physics at Qassim University. This was followed by a physics Master’s degree obtained from Cardiff university. By undertaking these studies, I have acquired extensive knowledge about the emerging areas of research in physics. In addition, An area of particular interest to me is compound semiconductor and optoelectronics applications. As a result of my studies to date, I already have a good grasp of this domain but I anticipate that undertaking a PhD in physics would help me to pursue my interests further. 


Farhana Akter (Oct 2021- Present)

Project Title: Lattice Anchoring Mediated Colloidal Quantum Dot Passivated Perovskite Superlattice Toward High Ambient Tolerance Multiple Junction Solar Cells

Second supervisor: Prof. Wolfgang Langbein

My name is Farhana Akter. I graduated with an MSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree from Coventry University, United Kingdom and spent the last semester of my Master’s degree conducting research on Solar PV (Photovoltaic). I keep Physics and Energy focused research interest and I have started focusing on building my research skills since I was an undergraduate student as I have always been passionate about research, science and technology and also always curious and intensely crave knowledge. I worked as a research student assistant for a renowned professor of physics department during my undergraduate studies and also have been a successful debater since my school days which helped me to improve my confidence and develop written, oral communication, public speaking, critical thinking skills and researching my ideas well to find out key information and evidence to support the argumentations. I also worked for an engineering firm for two years to gain some industrial engineering experience to enhance my engineering design, professional report writing, practical and technical skills.


Master and Project students

Rui Zheng (Feb 2022-Present)

MSc project: Lead-Free Halide Perovskite Quantum Dot for Carbon Dioxide Photoreduction

My name is Rui Zheng, I finished my BSc degree at the University of Leeds, my BSc final year project is Data analysis in hybrid molecular thin films. I have not decided which part I should focus on, but I am really willing to learn something new that can help me to find a way which I want to go in the future learning.


Thomas Andrew Laws (Oct 2021-Present)

BSc Physics: Optical characterisation of visible and infrared laser and light-emitting diodes

My name is Thomas Laws and I am a physics student at Cardiff University. I have worked in the industry for a year researching photonics for communication and therefore have a great interest in lasers, semiconductors, and electrical engineering. I am passionate about learning and gaining new experiences.



Weitong Yue (Feb 2022-Present)

Project for MSc: Lead-Free Halide Perovskite Quantum Dot for Carbon Dioxide Photoreduction

My name is Weitong Yue. I received a bachelor’s degree in Physics from Ludong University. I worked for physics education for one year and now continue to study at Cardiff University to learn more, acquire research skills, and further find the direction.



Joel Alexander James (2021-)

BSc physics: Measuring the colour of light.

My name is Joel James, and I am studying for a bachelor’s degree in Physics at Cardiff University.  

For my project, I am currently investigating the physical properties of different light sources.

Outside of my studies I enjoy cycling and hiking in the Welsh countryside.

Undergraduate students

Elis Anthony Pitcher (2021-)

Noah Frederick Dodson (2021-)

Evan Eldridge (2021-)

Amelia Jane Bowe (2020-)

Archibald Khan Atabey (2020-)

Ioan Benjamin Jones (2020-)

Molly Charlotte Cross (2020-)



Catrin Lines (Bachelor of Physics, 2020-2021)

Rhys Harmour (Bachelor of Physics, 2020-2021)

Oliver Sowden (Bachelor of Physics, 2020-2021)

Oskar Money-Kyrl (Master of Physics, 2020-2021)