Dr Lachlan Black

Senior Research Fellow
ANU College of Engineering, Computing and Cybernetics

Areas of expertise

  • Photodetectors, Optical Sensors And Solar Cells 090605
  • Elemental Semiconductors 091204
  • Nanomaterials 100708

Research interests

My interests are predominantly in the field of crystalline silicon (c-Si) solar cells, especially

  • Development of novel processes and materials for surface passivation and passivating contacts
  • Deposition and characterisation of thin film (nanolayer) materials
  • Electrical characterisation of semiconductor interfaces
  • Characterisation of bulk and surface recombination processes

I am also interested in surface and bulk recombination in non-Si semiconductor materials.


Dr. Lachlan Black received his Ph.D. in Engineering from the ANU in 2015. His Ph.D. research focused on the surface passivation of crystalline Si by Al2O3 prepared by atmospheric pressure chemical vapour deposition and the electrical characterisation of the Si–Al2O3 interface.  From 2015 to 2018 he was a postdoctoral researcher with the Department of Applied Physics at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, where he worked on the application of novel thin film materials prepared by atomic layer deposition for surface passivation of III/V semiconductor nanowires and crystalline Si solar cells. He has also spent time as an intern at the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) and as a visiting researcher at the Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre (imec) in Leuven, Belgium. Dr. Black has authored or co-authored more than 30 peer-reviewed articles and conference proceedings, and one patent. His current research interests focus on the investigation and characterisation of novel passivation layers and passivating contact structures, as well as the physics, characterisation, and modelling of recombination processes in semiconductors more broadly.

Available student projects

Currently seeking highly motivated prospective PhD candidates and honours students with an interest in solar photovoltaic energy conversion, materials development and characterisation, or semiconductor physics. I can offer research projects in the following broad areas, all relating to the development of high-efficiency crystalline silicon solar cells:

  • Development of thin-film nanolayer materials for interface engineering in crystalline silicon solar cells
  • Advanced characterisation of silicon/thin-film nanolayer interfaces
  • Advanced characterisation of surface and bulk recombination and transport properties in semiconductors


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