Associate Professor Anita Wing Yi Ho-Baillie

Fields of Research (FoR)

Photodetectors, Optical Sensors and Solar Cells, Manufacturing Processes and Technologies (excl. Textiles), Compound Semiconductors, Composite and Hybrid Materials


Anita Ho-Baillie is an Adjunct Professor at the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering. She has been the Program Manager for the Perovskite Solar Cell Research at the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics in 2016 to 2019. She is now the John Hooke Chair of Nanoscience at the University of Sydney.


Anita Ho-Baillie is an Adjunct Professor at the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering. She has been the Program Manager for the Perovskite Solar Cell Research at the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics in 2016 to 2019. She is now the John Hooke Chair of Nanoscience at the University of Sydney.


Robyn Williams (2021), “Perovskites promise new ways of generating solar power”, ABC Radio National the Science Show at 12:05 pm on 20 Feb 2021.

Marcus Strom (2020), “Sydney has the most influential academics in Australia”, University of Sydney Media Release, 20 November 2020.

Joe O’Brien (2020), “Energy Revolution – IEA (International Energy Agency) report predicts solar will overtake coal and gas”, ABC News Mornings, Live 09:16 AEST, 14 Oct 2020.

Marcus Strom(2020), “Sydney Nano wins $2.5m federal funding for solar energy research”, University of Sydney Media Release, 2 October 2020.​

Antony Funnell (2020),”Building Greater Efficiency into Construction”, ABC Radio National Future Tense, 19 July 2020.

Stephen Luntz(2020),”Integration Of Solar Cells And Flow Batteries Could Mean Better Off-Grid Storage”,iflscience,13 July 2020.

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki (2020), “Solar PV Panels have transformed our energy mix in the 21st century. Efficiency is up and costs and carbon emissions are lower.What next?”, Shirtloads of Science Podcast: Prof. Anita Ho-Baillie and Perovskite Solar Cells (192), 28 June 2020.

Graham Readfearn (2020), “Australian researchers claim world first in global race to develop better solar panels”,The Guardian, 22 May 2020.

Marcus Strom (2020), “Next-generation solar cells pass strict international tests”, University of Sydney Media Release, 22May2020.

Peter Hannam(2020), “Australian scientists ‘drastically improve’ new solar cell technology”,The Sydney Morning Herald, 22 May 2020.

Marcus Strom (2019), "Anita Ho-Baillie announced as inaugural John Hooke Chair of Nanoscience", University of Sydney Media Release on 20 Nov 2019.

Eddy Meyer (2019), "Roof becomes a solar panel", National Nine News on 14 Oct 2019.

Graham Phillips (2018), "Paint - If The Walls Could Talk", Tripe M Podcast on 17 Apr 2018.

Jason Foster (2017), "Solar paint: How to generate energy from any object under the sun", pg. 120-123, The State of Innovation Report 2017 – The Relentless Desire to Advance, Clarivate Analytics 2017.

Bernard Lane (2017), “Window of opportunity for solar power” The Australian, 04 Oct 2017.

Cameron Jewell (2017), “The holy grail of glazing: high-insulating, energy-generating glass on the way”,, 7 June 2017

UNSW MEDIA (2017), “UNSW leads the state in industry linkage grants”, UNSW Media Office 31 May 2017.

Nick Whigham (2017), “This crystallised material holds the promise of revolutionary liquid solar cells”,, 23 March 2017.

Andy Extance (2017), “Commercial dawn approaches for perovskite solar cells”, pg. 25-28, Photonics West Show Daily, 31 Jan 2017

Wilson Da Silva (2016), “Trendy solar cells hit new world efficiency record”, UNSW Media Office 02 Dec 2016.

Myles Gough (2013), “Solar Partnership with Top US Universities Aims for 29% Efficient Cells”, UNSW Media Office 25 October 2013.

Peter Trute (2009), “New Solar Power World Record”, Media Release, UNSW 25 Aug 200

Heidi Couch and Alex Morales (2009), “Solar-Powered Ferries to Sail Hong Kong Harbour”, Solar Sailor Media Release & Bloomberg 30 July 2009.

Peter Trute (2008), “Magic solar milestone reached”, Media Release, UNSW 4 Nov 2008.

Rory McGuire, Branko Celler, David Hogg & Anita Ho (1999), “Aust Industry Snuggles up to Best Electrical and Telecoms Engineers”, Media Release, UNSW 27 Aug 1999.

Rory McGuire, Branko Celler, David Hogg & Anita Ho (1999), “Project Finished Early”, Ascent Technology Magazine No.34 Sep 1999.



University of Sydney 2019-present

UNSW 2010-2019

Solar Sailor Holdings Ltd 2009-2010

UNSW 2002-2009 (Deputy Director, Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Photovoltaics 2006-2008);


PhD Electrical Engineering, UNSW 2005

BE Electrical Engineering, UNSW 2001 (Honours Class 1, Rank: 2nd in the Year)

Higher School Certificate, NSW 1994, TER: 99.35

Other Training

Project Management (AQF 5), Australian College of Project Management

My Grants


Lead CI,  ARC Discovery Project DP200103420 “Efficient Photovoltaic-electrochemical Water Splitting for Clean Hydrogen”. 2020-2023

CI, Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) 2017/RND 008 “Next Generation Silicon Sub-cells for High Efficiency III-V/Si Multi-junction Solar Cells”.  2017-2021

CI, ARENA 2017/RND 012 “Manufacturing of Printed Perovskite Solar Cells”.  2017-2021

Lead Chief Investigator (CI), ARC Linkage Project LP160101322 “Hermetic Encapsulated Perovskite Solar Cells for Energy Harvesting Glazings”.  2016-2019 

Lead CI,  ARC Discovery Project DP160102955 “Stable Non-toxic Organic-inorganic Halide Perovskite Solar Cells”. 2016-2018

CI and Project Manager, ARENA 2014/RND 075 “High-Efficiency Silicon/Perovskite Tandem Cells and Modules: Demonstration and Commercial Evaluation”.  2015-2019

Project Manager and CI, ARENA 1-UFA002 “Multi-junction c-Si Solar Cells Based on Virtual Ge Substrates” 2012-2017

Principal Investigator, SunShot Foundational Program to Advance Cell Efficiency Round 2 (F-PACE II) "Thin Silicon Solar Cells: A Path to 35% Shockley-Queisser Limits" 2013-2016

CI,  Australian Solar Institute 2-A002 "40% Efficient Photovoltaic ‘Power Cube’ Power Tower Receiver" 2011-2016

CI, ARC Photovoltaic Centre of Excellence 2008-2010

Program Manager, ARENA "Perovskite Solar Cell Research at ACAP". Nodes: UNSW, ANU, UQ, CSIRO, Monash and Melbourne Universities. 2016-2021

CI, UNSW Research Infrastructure Scheme (RIS) “Dual chamber evaporator for commercial Si wafter solar cells and emerging earth-abundant thin film solar cells”. 2017

CI, UNSW Major Research Equipment & Infrastructure Initiative (MREII) “A high resolution Raman micro-spectrometer for materials characterisation and imaging”. 2016

CI, UNSW MREII “SULA Technologies Deep Level Transient Spectroscopy (DLTS) unit”. 2009

Lead CI, UNSW MREII "Multifunction wafer and device characterization tool (SEMILAB WT-2000)" 2008

CI, ARENA US-Australia Institute for Advanced Photovoltaics (USAIAPV) Strategic Research Initiative 1-SRI001 “Outdoor stability / durability assessment of 2-terminal perovskite-silicon tandem cells ” 2018

CI, ARENA USAIAPV Strategic Research Initiative 1-SRI001 “Development of GaAsBi Based 1.0-1.2 ev Sub-cells for Multi-junction Solar Cells on Silicon Substrates” 2017

CI, ARENA USAIAPV Strategic Research Initiative 1-SRI001  “Cost Evaluation of Emerging PV Technologies” 2016-2017

My Awards


Finalist, The Judy Raper Award for Leadership, UNSW Faculty of Engineering 2017

Lane Cove Citizenship Award in Leadership, Lane Cove Council 2016

Australian Postgraduate Award, Australian Government 2001-2004

Supplementary Engineering Award, UNSW 2001-2004

The Photovoltaics Thesis Prize 2001

UNSW Co-op Scholarship, UNSW 1996-2000

My Research Activities


A. Ho-Baillie, S. Huang, C. F. J. Lau, M. Zhang, Self-assembled surface passivation via lead displacement for perovskite solar cells. Provisional Application 2018901203 

A. Ho-Baillie, L. Shi, T. Young, M. Keevers, X. J. Hao, M. A. Green, Encapsulation and Sealing Method for Perovskite Solar Cells. Provisional Application 2017902609 

X.J. Hao, A.W.Y Ho-Baillie, M.A. Green, Z. Liu, A Method for Forming a Germanium Substrate using a Laser, WO/2016/033641, US 2017/0244005 A1, Taiwanese Patent Application No. 104129315

A. Lennon, S.R. Wenham, A.W.Y Ho-Baillie, Method of Patterned Etching of Selected Material, WO 2009094711 A1; US 8273659 B2; EP 2245655 A4

A. Lennon, R.Y. Utama, S.R. Wenham, A.W.Y. Ho-Baillie, Method of Forming Openings in Selected Material, US8398877 B2

My Research Supervision

Currently supervising

Thesis and project supervisions

30 PhD (22 completions)

5 Masters by Research (5 completions)

>15 Undergraduate

1 photovoltaic installation in Nepal 2004

Courses coordinated

Wind Energy Converters 2005-2006

Solar Architecture 2006

My Engagement

Program Committee

International Conference on Physics of Semiconductors 2020, Aug 9-14 International Convention Centre Sydney, Australia.


Symposium Organiser

"Full Spectrum Solar Energy Harvesting", Materials Research Society (MRS) Spring Meeting, Mar 28 - Apr 01, 2016 Phoenix, AZ, USA

"Low Cost Tandem Photovoltaics", Materials Research Society (MRS) Spring Meeting, Apr 2 - Apr 6, 2018 Phoenix, AZ, USA


Invited Speaker

2020 International Conference on Organics, Perovskites and their Hybrids for Optoelectronic Applications,  June 7-10, 2020, Hong Kong

2020 International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICONN),  Feb 9-13, 2020, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Australia

2020 International Conference on Energy and Environmental Materials,  Feb 6-8, 2020, Goldcoast, Australia

2019 Monash University Photovoltaics Workshop,  Dec 12-13, 2019, Sydney, Australia

2019 Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics Conference,  Dec 3-5, 2019, Sydney, Australia

2019 Symposium for Light Management in New Photovoltaic Materials (LMPV) Program at AMOLF, Aug 30, 2019, AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS

2019 Materials Research Society (MRS) Spring Meeting APR 22 –26, 2019, PHOENIX, ARIZONA Symposium ES16, “Perovskite Photovoltaics and Optoelectronics”

2019 Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science Seminar Series MAR 29, 2019, Monash University

International Conference on Perovskite and Organic Photovoltaics and Optoelectronics Conference (IPEROP19) JAN 27 –29, 2019, KYOTO, JAPAN

2018 Materials Research Society (MRS) Fall Meeting NOV 25 –30, 2018, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS Symposium ET04, “Perovskite Solar Cells—Challenges and Opportunities” & ET02, “Silicon for Photovoltaics”

4th International Conference on Perovskite Solar Cells and Optoelectronics (PSCO-18) SEP 30 – OCT 2 2018, LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND

International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICONN 2018) JAN 29 – FEB 2 2018, UNIVERSITY OF WOLLONGONG, NSW, AUSTRALIA

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