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Dr Brett Jason Hallam

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Dr Brett Hallam is a Scientia Fellow in the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering at UNSW. His research interests include laser processing and defect-engineering for silicon solar cells. The development of these processes could improve the efficiency of solar cells and reduce the cost of photovoltaic generated electricity. A key focus of his current research is improving the fundamental understanding of hydrogen...view more

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Dr Brett Hallam is a Scientia Fellow in the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering at UNSW. His research interests include laser processing and defect-engineering for silicon solar cells. The development of these processes could improve the efficiency of solar cells and reduce the cost of photovoltaic generated electricity. A key focus of his current research is improving the fundamental understanding of hydrogen passivation mechanisms in silicon solar cells to overcome the negative impact of performance limiting defects.

Current Research Projects

  • Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA): Understanding hydrogen passivation mechanisms in silicon solar cells
  • Australian Center for Advanced Photovoltaics (ACAP): Elimination of light-induced degradation in silicon solar cells
  • ACAP: Hydrogenated heterojunction solar cells
  • Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA): Hydrogenated and Hybrid-Heterojunction p-type Silicon Solar Cells
  • ARENA: World-Record Commercial High-Efficiency n-type Solar PV Cells through Recombination Analysis and Innovative Passivation
  • ARENA: Hydrogenated Bifacial PERL Silicon Solar PV Cells With Laser Doping and Plated Contacts
  • ARENA: Development and Commercialisation of High-Efficiency Silicon Solar Cell Technologies

I am always open to suggestions from prospective students for new topics within the field of silicon solar cells.

Education

  • PhD in Photovoltaic Engineering "High-Efficiency Laser Doped Silicon Solar Cells with Advanced Hydrogenation" (The University of New South Wales, 2014)
  • BE (first class honours and the University Medal) in Photovoltaics and Solar Energy / BSc. in physics and physical oceanography/meteorology (The University of New South Wales, 2009)

Invited Research Placements

  • Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (Freiburg, Germany, June - August 2017)
  • Oxford University (Oxford, United Kingdom, July - September 2016)
  • IMEC (Leuven, Belgium, April 2013 - March 2014)

Industry Experience

  • Consultant for Suntech Power developing the innovative PLUTO technology and part of the team to develop the first commercial p-type Cz solar cell with an efficiency over 20% (2010 - 2012)
  • Part of the Technology Transfer Team developing and commercialising UNSW crystalline silicon solar cell technologies including managing a collaboration between UNSW and Shinsung Holdings (Korea) (2009-2014)

Awards/Distinctions

  • 2018 Scientia Fellow (UNSW)
  • 2017 NSW Premier Prize for Science & Engineering in Energy Innovation (NSW Government)
  • 2017 J.G. Russell Award (Australian Academy of Science)
  • 2017 Discovery Early Career Research Award (Australian Research Council)
  • 2016 Green Talent (German Federal Ministry for Education and Research)
  • 2016 Ulrich Goesele Young Scientist Award (Crystalline Silicon Solar Cell and Silicon Materials Workshop)
  • 2015 Finalist for the SolarWorld Innovations Junior Einstein competition

Outside of Work

I love the beach. If I'm not working or sleeping, you will probably find me there surfing or kiteboarding. I enjoy travelling around the world to new places to surf, kite or snowboard.

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Contact

+61 2 9385 0166

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