Dr Julie Tournet

PhD in Nanotechnology (Electrical Engineering)
Research Fellow
ANU College of Engineering, Computing and Cybernetics

Areas of expertise

  • Photodetectors, Optical Sensors And Solar Cells 090605
  • Photonics And Electro Optical Engineering (Excl. Communications) 090606
  • Nanofabrication, Growth And Self Assembly 100706
  • Electrical Energy Generation (Incl. Renewables, Excl. Photovoltaics) 400803

Research interests

Green Hydrogen

Renewable energy

Photovoltaic & photo(-)electrochemical systems

Epitaxy, microfabrication/processing, III-V semiconductors



Julie is a research fellow at ANU. She is currently the project coordinator for the Advanced Conversion Technologies for Hydrogen (ACT-H2) program, which conducts translational research on developing advanced electrochemical technologies for hydrogen production. She has been investigating high-efficiency photovoltaic cells for 6 years and photoelectrochemical cells for 3 years, covering design, fabrication, integration and techno-economic analysis. She also has 8 years of experience in epitaxy, characterisation and microfabrication (clean room processing) of optoelectronic devices.

Julie completed her B.Sc. in Physics and Engineering in Europe (Mines-Telecom Institute, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya). She completed her MASc in Electrical & Computer Engineering (Nanotechnology) at the University of Waterloo (Canada, 2013-2015) and her PhD in Electronics at the University of Montpellier (France, 2015-2019) with a E.U. Marie Curie scholarship. She worked as a postdoctoral fellow in ANU's Research School of Physics during 2019-2022. She enjoys working in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural environments and is passionate about climate change research and action.

Julie is involved with multiple Women in STEM organisations and always available for outreach and education toward the general public.

Researcher's projects

Direct water electrolysis (ARENA)

This project aims to demonstrate a photo electrochemical system using III-V multi-junction semiconductors through cost-effective epitaxial lift-off techniques that are surface modified for robust operation.

Available student projects

We currently have multiple opportunities for PhD students to work on Solar Cells, Catalysis and Energy Conversion systems. Please reach out.

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