Associate Professor Thomas White

PhD (Physics), University of Sydney
Associate Professor
ANU College of Engineering, Computing and Cybernetics
T: +61 2 6125 0881

Areas of expertise

  • Photodetectors, Optical Sensors And Solar Cells 090605
  • Photonics, Optoelectronics And Optical Communications 020504
  • Classical And Physical Optics 020501

Research interests

Perovskite photovoltaics

Perovskite-silicon tandem solar cells

Perovskite light emitters

Light management for solar cells

Photonic crystals



A/Prof White has a BSc(Hons) and PhD in physics from the University of Sydney, and has previously held research positions in the United States (Bell Laboratories) and the UK (University of St Andrews).  He has published widely in areas of theoretical and experimental optics and photonics, nanostructure enhancement of light-matter interactions, and photovoltaics.  His current research focus is on perovskite solar cells and tandems, with a particular interest in quantifying recombination and optical losses in these devices.  Other research interests include perovskite light emitters and lasers, and their applications.

In 2018 A/Prof White was awarded a 4-year Australian Research Council Future Fellowship to develop high efficiency perovskite-silicon tandem solar cells with efficiencies above 30%.



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Researcher's projects

Stable Perovskite modules under real-world conditions

Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) (

Durable Silicon Perovskite Tandem Photovoltaics

Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) (

Development of stable electrodes for perovskite solar Cells

 Australian Renewable Energy Agency  (ARENA) (

Monolithic perovskite – silicon tandem cells: towards commercial reality

Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) R&D Project (

Engineering stable, efficient perovskite solar cells

 Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project DP180100835

Perovskite-silicon tandem solar cells: a pathway to 30% efficiency

 Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship FT180100302


Available student projects

Undergraduate, masters and PhD projects are available in the following potential areas:

  • Perovskite solar cells for space applications
  • Novel passivation strategies for perovskite solar cells
  • Quantifying bulk and interface recombination losses in perovskite solar cells
  • Light management for perovskite-silicon tandem cells
  • Understanding the role of mobile ions in perovskite cell stability
  • Nanophotonic enhancement of radiative recombination in perovskites
  • Perovskite lasers and light-emitting diodes


Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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Updated:  04 October 2023 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers