Researcher

Fields of Research (FoR)

Photovoltaic devices (solar cells), Functional materials, Theory and design of materials, Compound semiconductors, Nanomaterials

Biography

Professor Xiaojing Hao, ARC Future Fellow, FAIP, School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering, UNSW

Prof Xiaojing Hao obtained her PhD in the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering of UNSW in 2010, and currently the full Professor (tenured), ARC future Fellow at UNSW. Prof Hao has focused her research on low-cost, high-efficiency thin film solar cells and tandem solar cells for more than ten years, researching on...view more

Professor Xiaojing Hao, ARC Future Fellow, FAIP, School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering, UNSW

Prof Xiaojing Hao obtained her PhD in the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering of UNSW in 2010, and currently the full Professor (tenured), ARC future Fellow at UNSW. Prof Hao has focused her research on low-cost, high-efficiency thin film solar cells and tandem solar cells for more than ten years, researching on various energy materials, initially using Si, and then earth-abundant compound semiconductor materials such as chalcogenides for both solar photovoltaic and solar fuel applications. Prof Hao now leads a strong group in the above areas, achieving a number of efficiency records on emerging thin film solar cells. Prof Hao has published 166 peer-reviewed journal papers, including publications in Nature Energy, Energy and Environmental Science, with several awards for her research excellence. She was the recipient of Inaugural Australian Renewable Energy Agency Postdoc Fellow, previous ARC DECRA, inaugural Sciential Fellow at UNSW. She was awarded a number of prestigious national prizes, including 2020 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science: Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year, 2021 Australian Academy of Science Pawsey Medal.


My Grants

Selected Grants

ARC Grants

  • Lead CI, LP200301593, ARC LP, $589,137, 2021.
  • CI, LE210100042, ARC LIEF, $1,060,000, 2021.
  • CI, LE200100033, ARC LIEF, $1.1M, 2017.
  • Lead CI, FT190100756, ARC Future Fellowship, $888,000, 2020-2024.
  • CI, LE170100087, ARC LIEF, $1,100,000, 2017
  • Lead CI, DE160101100, ARC DECRA, $310,000, 2016-2018
  • Lead CI, DP160103433, ARC Discovery Project, $270,000, 2016-2018,
  • Lead CI, LP150100911, ARC Linkage Project, $290,000 (ARC) and $300,000 (industry), 2015-2018.
  • Lead CI, DP120103097, ARC Discovery Project, $330,000, 2012-2014
  • CI, LP110201112, ARC Linkage Project, $600,000 (ARC) and $600,000 (industry), 2011-2014.
  • Lead CI, LP110200651, ARC Linkage Project, $600,000 (ARC) and $200,000 (industry),2011-2014.

ARENA Grants

  • Lead CI, ARENA 2020/RND14, $793,388, 2020-2022, “Abundant RoHS-compliant antimony chalcogenide: top cell alternative for Si tandem cells”.
  • CI, RND015, ARENA project, $1.045 M, 2018-2021 “A Zero-Emission Tandem Array for Transforming Waste Biomass into Renewable Hydrogen”.
  • CI, RND011, ARENA project, $3.18M, 2018-2022. “Efficient adamantine thin film on silicon tandem  solar cells: the next step in commercial cell evolution.”.
  • Lead CI, 2017/RND006, ARENA project, $1.3M, 2018-2022. Development of high-efficiency kesterite solar cells: win the PV race with sustainable low-cost, low-toxic and stable materials”.
  • Lead CI, 1-USO028, ARENA United States- Australia Solar Energy Collaboration (USASEC) project, $2,612,358, 2013-2019Low-cost, high-efficiency Copper-Zinc-Tin-Sulphide (CZTS) on silicon multi junction solar cells”.
  • CI, 1-UFA002, ASI project, $1,265,000, 2012-2017Multi-junction c-Si Solar Cells Based on Virtual Ge Substrates”.
  • CI, RND075, ARENA project, $3M, 2015-2018, High-efficiency silicon/perovskite tandem cells and modules: demonstration and commercial evaluation”.
  • Lead CI, 1-F002, Australia Solar Institute (ASI) and now Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) Research Fellowship, $360, 000, 2011-2014,  “Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) thin film solar cell: a novel alternative for TW-level thin film PV”.
  • Lead CI, ACAP Infrastructure grant, $465,700, 2020-2021, “Atmospherically-controlled PV processing and accelerated testing facility”.
  • CI, ACAP Infrastructure grant, $390,688, 2020-2021, “Large Area Multi-Zone Solar simulator”.
  • Lead CI, ACAP Infrastructure grant, $5.496M, 2020-2021, “Tandem Cluster”.

 


My Qualifications

Bachelor of Engineering          1996-2001

School of Materials and Metallurgy Science and Engineering (Selective Top Student Class)

Northeastern University, Shenyang, China

Master of Engineering           2001-2003

School of Materials and Metallurgy Science and Engineering

Northeastern University, Shenyang, China,

Doctor of Philosophy               2006-2010

School of Photovoltaics and Renewable Energy Engineering

The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia


My Awards

Selected awards

2021     Australian Academy of Science Pawsey Medal

2020     Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science: Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year

2019     ARC Future Fellow

2019     Australian’s Most Innovative Engineers 2019 (Research and Academia)

2018     UNSW Research Staff Excellence Award (Faculty of Engineering)

2018     NSW Premier’s Prizes for Science & Engineering (Energy Innovation in NSW)

2018     Best Poster Award, the 7th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion (WCPEC-7, combining the most 3 prestigious world PV conferences) 

2017     Finalist (Top 3) of UNSW Women in Engineering Awards of “Professor Judy Raper Award for Leadership in Engineering”

2017     UNSW Scientia Fellowship (Inaugural) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsP4YXsS18c

2015     ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) 

2015     UNSW one of “20 rising stars who will change our world” http://www.20risingstars.unsw.edu.au/next-generation-solar-cells

2011     Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) Postdoctoral Fellowship (2011-2013)

2009     Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering-Early Career Symposium Fellowship (ATSE-ECSF)


My Research Activities

Please see details in my research group website: https://www.xiaojingresearchgroup.com

 


My Research Supervision


Areas of supervision

Solar cell materials and devices

Solar fuel devices  


Currently supervising

Please see details in my group website: https://www.xiaojingresearchgroup.com/


My Teaching

Engineering Postgraduate Coursework Research Skills GSOE9010

Vertically Integrated Projects 

Advanced Photovoltaics (from 2023)

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Location

TETB248, UNSW, Kensington, NSW, 2052

Contact

+61 2 9385 4381