Dr Hieu Nguyen

(Honorary) Associate Professor
ANU College of Engineering, Computing and Cybernetics

Areas of expertise

  • Photodetectors, Optical Sensors And Solar Cells 090605

Research interests

  • Solar cells and functional materials
  • Optical spectroscopy and imaging for energy applications
  • Light-matter interactions in energy materials



A/Professor Nguyen left ANU in January 2024 to pursure his career venture in the Silicon Valley, California. He still holds an honorary position with the School of Engineering, ANU.

More details can be found at A/Professor Nguyen's official webpage: https://cecc.anu.edu.au/people/hieu-nguyen

Dr Nguyen completed his PhD in solar photovoltaics at the Australian National University (ANU) in 2016. He subsequently worked as a visiting scientist at the United States' National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in 2017. He returned ANU in 2018 and advanced to Associate Professor level in 2024. Dr Nguyen received several awards for his teaching and supervision, including the ANU's Dean Award for Excellence in Supervision in December 2018 and ANU-wide recognition as Supervisor of the Month in February 2020. He was also awarded the CECS Dean's Award for Remote Teaching in August 2020 in both individual and course categories. In 2021, Dr Nguyen was awarded the Vietnam Golden Globe Awards in Science and Technology for Young Scientists and was selected as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Faces of Vietnam.

Dr Nguyen's research focused on advancing solar energy technologies through scientific discoveries and technological inventions. His research covered the entire spectrum from fundamental to applied research. His team investigated the fundamental properties of light-matter interactions in solar energy materials and devices, aiming to uncover the relationship between absorbed/emitted light and important material/device properties such as optical, electrical, chemical, and structural properties. The team utilised these findings to develop novel device concepts, advanced characterisation techniques, and defect engineering methods with applications to renewable energy and material science. Dr Nguyen's research was featured by numerous media channels worldwide, and he published over one hundred peer-reviewed journal articles in various reputable journals before leaving his formal role at ANU.


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