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The Australian National University

Dr Kylie Catchpole

BSc (Hons), PhD
Associate Professor
ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
T: +61 2 6125 0874

Areas of expertise

  • Photodetectors, Optical Sensors And Solar Cells 090605
  • Photonics And Electro Optical Engineering (Excl. Communications) 090606
  • Electrical And Electronic Engineering 0906

Research interests

Novel solar cells, especially new materials and nanophotonics for photovoltaics, surface plasmons, light trapping.

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Associate Professor Kylie Catchpole is at the Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems at the Australian National University. Her research interests are in nanotechnology for solar cell applications.  She has a physics degree from the ANU, winning a University Medal, and a PhD from the ANU. She was a Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of New South Wales and the FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics, Amsterdam. She has published over 70 papers, which have been cited over 4500 times to date.  Her work on plasmonic solar cells has been featured in the news sections of Science magazine and The Economist and in 2010 her work on nanophotonic light trapping was listed as one of MIT Technology Review’s ‘10 most important emerging technologies’.  In 2011 she was an episode winner on ABC TV's 'New Inventors'.  In 2015 she was awarded the John Booker medal in engineering science from the Australian Academy of Science.  She currently leads the nanostructures for photovoltaics group at the Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems. 


Available student projects

Nanophotonic light trapping for solar cells - Keywords: photovoltaics, solar, nanotechnology, nanophotonic

Nanoimprinted plasmonic arrays for solar cells - Keywords: photovoltaics, solar, nanotechnology, plasmonic



Projects and Grants

Grants are drawn from ARIES. To add Projects or Grants please contact your College Research Office.

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