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The development of renewable energy sources that are alternative to fossil fuels is a burgeoning scientific and technological field. Solar cells convert the energy of the sun to electricity with little or no emission to the environment. Reducing the cost of converting solar energy into electricity is a global endeavour that is attracting the attention of researchers worldwide.
Research activities in the Department of Materials Engineering have been focused on the development of low cost and light weight Dye Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSCs) and Organic Solar Cells (OSCs), new types of solar energy devices that are alternative photovoltaic technologies to silicon wafer-based solar cells.
- Dr Chris McNeill is interested in OSCs based on semiconducting plastics.
The research team in the Department of Materials Engineering has close collaborations with researchers in the School of Chemistry (Monash University), University of Melbourne, University of Wollongong, CSIRO and other Australian and international institutions. Their research activities in this area are funded by the ARC, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) and the Victorian Consortium for Organic Solar Cells (VICOSC).
- Solar Prints - ABC Catayst Program (23/04/09) (video link)
- Flexible Solar Cells at Monash (video clip)
Active Researchers in this field