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Prof HC Swart
Department of Physics
University of the Free State
T: +27 51 401 2926

Main research fields

  • To develop micro- and nanophosphors for applications in infrastructure and high-technology flat-panel displays.
  • To use nanotechnology for high-tech development as well as development in rural areas.
  • Organic electroluminescent devices (OLEDs) for use in solid-state lighting and full-colour flat-panel displays.
  • Development of organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices to enhance the efficiency of current solar cells (photovoltaic [PV] materials).
  • Theoretical and experimental studies on the formation of nano-particles.

An expanded document discussing the different research fields can be found here.
Selected research facilities are shown here.

Current research projects


Prof JJ Terblans
Prof RE Kroon
Prof E Coetsee-Hugo
Dr RA Harris
Dr MM Duvenhage
Dr S Cronje
Prof D Motaung
Prof G Mhlongo
Prof KT Hillie

Participating or supervised person

Dr Promod Thakur (Post-doc)

Dr Rajagopalan Krishnan (Post-doc)

Dr Govind B. Nair (Post-doc)
Dr Prasenjit Prasad Sukul (Post-doc)
Dr DN Oosthuizen (Post-doc)
Dr Simon Ogugua (Post-doc)
Dr Emad Hasabeldaim (Post-doc)
Dr Shivaramu N. Jayaramu (Post-doc)
Dr Nadir Saeed (Post-doc)
Dr Mubarak Yagoub (Post-doc)
Dr Sarojini Jeeva Panchu (Post-doc)

Dr Gajendra Inwati (Post-doc)

E Lee (PhD student)

Mr Mogahid (PhD student)
Babiker Mohammed Jaffar Jabraldar (PhD student)

Songyou Liian (PhD student)
Murendeni I. Nemufulwi (PhD student)

Divya Janardhana (PhD student)

Inacio Sarai (PhD student)
Busisiwe P. Mabuea (PhD student)
Vhahangwele Makumbane (PhD student)
LJB Erasmus (PhD student)
Osama K.M. Bashair (PhD student)

Sibusiso Nqayi (PhD student)
TL Ngake (PhD student)
Mosima Kgomo (PhD student)

A Fourie (MSc student)
Harrison Onah (MSc student)
Rojo Abubaker (MSc student)

Research Fellows

Dr Trilok Kumar Pathak
Prof J Holsa
Dr Vijay Kumar


Surface characterisation of Luminescent and Advanced materials
Nanomaterials for Health
TOF Sims for material characterisation MMD

Semiconductor metal oxides (SMO) heterostructure for gas-sensing application
Food quality status and freshness

Project Title

Ultrafast Nonlinear Optical Studies on Plasmonic Nanoparticles Embedded in Different Glass Matrix for Various Photonic Applications
Strategies to Improve Performance of the Up/Down Converting Luminescence Materials for Solid-State Lighting Applications
Metal halide perovskite (MHP) quantum dots and nanocrystals for luminescence and photovoltaic applications
Fingerprint detection using UCNPs
Gas-sensitive p-type nanomaterials for air quality (AQ) monitoring
Synthesis and characterisation of thermographic phosphors with sub-K sensitivity
Plasmonic-enhanced up/down conversion photoluminescence
Luminescent materials for solar cell, display, and dosimetry applications
Application of Phosphor Materials as Spectral Converter for Si Solar Cells enhancement
Luminescent materials/silicon combination Solar Cells
Luminescent nanomaterials derived from two-dimensional (2D) materials and their applications for energy storage and conversion.
Upconverted Y2O3: Yb/Er phosphor nanomaterials for solar cell applications

Fabrication of an Indium tin oxide (ITO) alternative thin film with high transparency and conductivity for application in electronic devices
Using Gd2O3:Bi3+ co-doped Ln3+ phosphors for enhancing the efficiency of silicon solar cells
Effect of host anion or cation substitution on the luminescence and stability of lanthanum oxide based phosphors doped with bismuth
Surface/interface segregation and grain boundary diffusion under stress
Development of spinel-type ZnFe2O4 based chemiresistive sensors for application in the food sector: Their fabrication, optimization and testing
Synthesis, characterization, luminescence, and photocatalytic properties of undoped and rare earths doped Bi2O3
Iridium segregation in Copper
Synthesis and characterization of transition metal-based carbides as electrocatalysts for water splitting
Down and up conversion layers for enhancing the performance of crystalline silicon solar cell efficiency
Phosphor based luminescent solar concentrators
Comparitive study of the nanostructure, optical and electrical properties of the growth of random ZnO nanostructure by different synthesis techniques
Simulating drug delivery systems toxicity of gold nanostructures
Prediction of the toxicity of Ag Nanoparticles using Molecular Dynamics
The Synthesis and Characterization of One Dimensional Indium Oxide Nanostructured Materials for Gas Sensing Applications

CZTS solar cell: a green energy source produced in a green way.
Luminescence Studies of BaSiO3:Eu2+, Ln(Ln = Pr3+, Yb3+) Materials for Silicon Solar Cell Application
Stability of Fluoride compounds under electron beam irradiation


Fabrication of high-efficiency and low-cost flexible Organic Solar Cell


Prof Paul Holloway
Jiangyong Wang
Dr Valentin Craciun
Prof Dr Zhiguo Xia
Prof Dirk Poelman
Dr Sanjay J Dhoble


Prof Paul Holloway

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

University of Florida, USA

Jiangyong Wang
Department of Physics, Shantou University, 243 Daxue Road, Shantou 515063, Guangdong, China

Dr Valentin CRACIUN
National Institute for Laser, Plasma and Radiation Physics
Advanced Technologies in Thin Films
Magurele, Ilfov, Romania

Prof Dr Zhiguo Xia
The State Key Laboratory of Luminescent Materials and Devices
South China University of Technology

Prof Dirk Poelman
Department of Solid State Science
Gent University

Dr Sanjay J Dhoble
Department of Physics
R.T.M. Nagpur University
Nagpur, India


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