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Professor Gavin John Conibeer

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Professor Gavin Conibeer received his BSc degree from Queen Mary College, London University in Materials Science; MSc from the University of North London in Polymer Science; and PhD from Southampton University, UK, in III-V semiconductors. Conibeer has held research positions at Monash, Southampton, Cranfield and Oxford Universities and moved to the University of New South Wales, Sydney in 2002. He has published 2 books, 8 book chapters, 200 journal papers and 50 refereed conference papers, with an H-index of 38 and 5000+ citations. He has been successful in securing more than A$12M of research funding. 

Conibeer is currently Professor and Executive Research Director of the ARC Photovoltaics Centre of Excellence at the University of New South Wales.  Conibeer’s research group consists of 7 PhD students, 2 postdoc fellows and 2 senior research fellows with interests in advanced concepts for photovoltaics, hot carrier solar cells, quantum dot solar cells, photovoltaic applications in space and photoelectrolysis and photocatalysis for solar fuels. 

Conibeer is also the Chief Scientific Officer of the space start-up Extra Terrestrial Power that is looking to install photovoltaic systems in space and on the Moon. 

Deputy Head of School (Education)

Executive Research Director of the ARC Photovoltaics Centre of Excellence.

Deputy Director Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research

Teaching Areas

  • Energy Efficiency
  • Sustainable and Renewable Energy Technologies
  • Biomass and Bioenergy

  • Advanced Photovoltaics Manufacturing

Research Interests

  • Third Generation Photovoltaics
  • Hot Carrier cooling in semiconductors
  • Phonon dispersion modulation in nanostructures
  • High Efficiency thermoelectric devices
  • Band gap engineering in quantum dot nanostructures
  • Up and down conversion for photvoltaics
  • Photoelectrochemical generation of hydrogen
  • Solar fuels
  • Photovoltaics for use in Space