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Our research efforts are focused in the areas of photovoltaics, nanoenergy and nanofabrication.
Our interdisciplinary team includes chemists, physicists and materials engineers.
We explore novel concepts of capturing solar energy and develop novel nanofabrication strategies based on self-assembly.
Dye-sensitized solar cells, perovskite solar cells, 3rd generation photovoltaic concepts (tandem solar cells, upconversion), plasmonic nanostructures for solar cells, catalysis and surface enhanced Raman sensors are some of the key applications we focus on.
Our joint research group belongs to the Department of Materials Engineering at Monash University and the Materials Engineering and Science Division at CSIRO. We are based in the New Horizons Building (Monash University campus) and the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication in Clayton Australia.
Our research interests are at the interface of renewable energy and nanotechnology. Examples of current research activities in the area of dye-sensitized solar cells include the development of tandem dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs), back-contact DCSs, plasmonic DSCs, non-corrosive electrolytes and the commercialization of DSC technology.
In the area of nanofabrication, we are studying self-assembly processes that are drive by specific DNA-DNA interaction or electrostatic interactions. We use these processes for the development of novel nanoimprinting techniques, solar cells as well as Raman spectroscopy based sensors with a keen interest in biosensors.
We are also interested in nanoparticle synthesis with a focus on photochemical methods, where light can be used to control the nanoparticle shapes.