Associate Professor Fiona J Beck

PhD in Engineering, MSci in Physics
FERL Fellow, ARC DECRA Fellow
ANU College of Engineering, Computing and Cybernetics

Areas of expertise

  • Photodetectors, Optical Sensors And Solar Cells 090605
  • Nanophotonics 100711

Research interests

I lead a research group working to integrate optoelectronics and nanophotonics to advance renewable energy and energy saving technologies. I am also theConvener of the Hydrogen Fuels Project in the ANU's Zero-carbon energy for the Asia-Pacific Grand Challenge, working with a transdisciplinary team from across ANU to help transform Australia into a leading exporter of renewable fuels in our region.

My research interests include:

  • Nanophotonic approaches to photochemistry 
  • Hot electron science and applications 
  • Solar (photoelectrochemical) hydrogen generation
  • The hydrogen economy and the energy transition



Dr Beck currently holds a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) from the ARC, as well as the Future Engineering Research Leader (FERL) Fellowship from the ANU. She joined the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the Australian National University as a research fellow and lecturer in 2015. She spent the previous four years as a Marie Curie Research Fellow at ICFO - The Institute of Photonic Sciences in Barcelona, Spain, employing plasmonics to enhance the performance of novel optoelectronic devices. She obtained a PhD from the ANU in 2011, with a thesis on designing plasmonic light trapping schemes for applications in solar cells. She has an MSci degree in Physics from The University of Glasgow, and was awarded the Eve and Ravenscroft prize for the most distinguished graduate from the Faculty of Physical Sciences.  

Dr Beck tweets about optoelectronics, nano-optics, and saving the world with renewable energy @Fiona_J_Beck



Projects and Grants

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