This course is for PhD students working on qualitative research

Monica Lira-Cantu received her PhD in Chemistry (Materials Science) in 1997, from 1999-2001 she worked as permanent research scientist at ExxonMobil Research & Engineering (U.S.A.). Her work in the area of Photovoltaics stability/degradation initiated in 2004 during a scientific stay with Prof. Frederik Krebs at DTU in Denmark, where she worked on the long-term stability of polymer/oxide solar cells. She has been visiting scientist with Prof. Truls Norby at UNorway (2003) and with Prof. Shozo Yanagida at CAST in Japan (2006). She is currently Group Leader of the Nanostructured Materials for Photovoltaic Energy Group at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) in Barcelona (Spain).

The assignment task is to produce a research project proposal using qualitative research methods.

11. What is a proposal anyway? A good proposal should consist of thefirst three chapters of the dissertation. It should begin with a statementof the problem/background information (typically Chapter I of the dissertation),then move on to a review of the literature (Chapter 2), and conclude witha defining of the research methodology (Chapter 3). Of course, it shouldbe written in a future tense since it is a proposal. To turn a good proposalinto the first three chapters of the dissertation consists of changingthe tense from future tense to past tense (from "This is what I wouldlike to do" to "This is what I did") and making any changesbased on the way you actually carried out the research when compared tohow you proposed to do it. Often the intentions we state in our proposalturn out different in reality and we then have to make appropriate editorialchanges to move it from proposal to dissertation.

We explain what qualitative research is and the different methods ..

The Intellectual Roots of Grounded Theory Current Issues in Qualitative Research by Jane Gilgun

Koen Vandewal received his MSc in photonics engineering from Ghent University (Belgium) in 2004 and his PhD in Physics from Hasselt University (Belgium) in 2009. Subsequently, he spent 2 years as a postdoctoral researcher in the Biomolecular and Organic Electronics group at Linkoping University (Sweden), followed by a 2 year postdoc at Stanford University (USA), investigating charge carrier generation and recombination processes in organic optoelectronic devices. Since 2014 he holds the endowed chair for Organic Photovoltaics at the Institutfür Angewandte Photophysik (IAPP) of the Technische Universität Dresden (Germany).

Unpublished PhD thesis, University of Edinburgh

Program Objectives Impart in depth knowledge and application of methodology to investigate original research problems through a systematic and focused approach Enable students to produce publishable research for journals and conferences of international repute Enable students to conduct independent research Program Outcomes Students will be able to exhibit specialized knowledge and ability to use appropriate research methodology in the relevant field of study Students will be able to conduct systematic and focused research Students will be able to publish research papers in journals and conferences of international repute Students will be able to conduct and supervise independent research and can produce knowledge PhD Coursework PhD coursework comprises 6 courses (total 18 credit hours).


Elizabeth von Hauff studied Physics at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. She did an MSc in the Post Graduate Programme for Renewable Energies at the University of Oldenburg from 2000 – 2001 with specialisation in photovoltaics. Afterwards she began a PhD under the supervision of Prof. Vladimir Dyakonov on charge carrier transport in organic semiconductors, finishing in 2005. Subsequently, Elizabeth performed post doctorial research at the University of Oldenburg in the Departments of Physics and Neurobiology with the goal of developing a photosensitive chemical sensor for detecting the neural transmitter L-glutamate. In 2007 she became an assistant in the group of Prof. Jügen Parisi and supervised the group Organic Electronics, which focussed on fundamental and applied questions in polymer electronics with particular focus on photovoltaics. In 2011 Elizabeth completed her Habilitation in Experimental Physics at the University of Oldenburg. In the same year she received a joint appointment as Associated Professor between the Institute of Physics at the University of Freiburg and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems. In 2013 Elizabeth relocated to Amsterdam, the Netherlands with an appointment as Associate Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Her research interests are the investigation of fundamental questions in organic and hybrid solar energy material systems within the context of real applications.

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Research WorkThe student can start work on PhD thesis only after Passing the Comprehensive Exam, AND Acceptance of synopsis by the Graduate Studies Committee.