Bradley Kirk

Bradley Kirk

School of Physics, Chemistry and Earth Sciences

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Dr Bradley Kirk had completed his PhD (Chemistry) at Flinders University in 2023. During his time at Flinders University, his research focus was towards the development of scalable organic photovoltaic (OPV) fabrication, in-depth investigation of degradation pathways associated with OPVs, as well as strategies for improving the lifespan that could be utilised in industry-scale manufacturing of flexible solar cells. Since moving to University of Adelaide as a grant-funded researcher at the University of Adelaide in early 2024, he has been working on the development of beta voltaic (BV) devices, in collaboration with EntX Ltd. and University of South Australia. The research project aims at investigating the influence of materials have over the device performance and lifespan of BVs.

My research is towards the development and characterisation of materials used in beta voltaic devices. This is achieved by utilising a variety of analytical techniques, including scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). I also specialise in thin-film deposition, having experience with both vacuum (i.e. thermal and sputtering) and solvent-based (i.e. spin, blade and slot-die) coating methods, over flexible and rigid substrates.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2024 - ongoing Grant-funded Researcher (Level A) University of Adelaide
    2023 - 2024 Casual Research Academic Flinders University
    2018 - ongoing Casual Teaching Academic Flinders University
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2020 - 2023 Flinders University Australia PhD
    2015 - 2019 Flinders University Australia Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Enhanced program for high achievers)
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    2022 - 2022 Academic internship program for doctoral students Flinders University Australia
  • Research Interests

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2023 Alghamdi, A. R., Kirk, B. P., Andersson, M. R., & Andersson, G. G. (2023). Chemical and Electronic Properties of PTB7-Th and ITIC on ZnO Interfaces in Organic Solar Cells. ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, 11(32), 11811-11818.
    2022 Alghamdi, A. R., Kirk, B. P., Kocak, G., Andersson, M. R., & Andersson, G. G. (2022). Modification of the Surface Composition of PTB7-Th: ITIC Blend Using an Additive. Molecules, 27(19), 13 pages.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1
    2022 Kirk, B., Pan, X., Jevric, M., Andersson, G., & Andersson, M. R. (2022). Introducing neat fullerenes to improve the thermal stability of slot-die coated organic solar cells. Materials Advances, 3(6), 2838-2849.
    DOI Scopus1
    2018 Bjuggren, J. M., Sharma, A., Gedefaw, D., Elmas, S., Pan, C., Kirk, B., . . . Andersson, M. R. (2018). Facile Synthesis of an Efficient and Robust Cathode Interface Material for Polymer Solar Cells. ACS Applied Energy Materials, 1(12), 7130-7139.
    DOI Scopus17 WoS16

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