Excitonic Systems for Solar Energy Conversion



Case Study:
The vision of this project is to develop smart concepts and novel, full-spectrum materials for next-generation low-cost, high efficiency, light-harvesting devices. 




Converting low energy “waste photons” into “high-value” high-energy photons would revolutionise the way we use solar energy and light in general. These concepts include the up- and down-conversion of photons to make more efficient use of the solar spectrum and drastically improve the efficiency of photon absorption, emission, exciton fission/fusion and light-induced charge separation processes across the visible and IR range.


Platform areas of work:

  • Thin Film Upconversion Devices
  • Next Generation Luminescent Solar Concentrators
  • Solution Processed Next-Generation Photovoltaics


Development of novel, printable photovoltaic materials, which can replace or complement traditional silicon, next-generation low-cost solar concentrators, which can operate under diffuse sunlight, and novel biomimetic systems that aim at converting sunlight directly into storable fuels.

  Prof. Timothy Schmidt   Theme Leader -  UNSW

Prof. Timothy Schmidt
Theme Leader - UNSW

  Dr. Asaph Widmer-Cooper   Deputy Theme Leader -  USyd

Dr. Asaph Widmer-Cooper
Deputy Theme Leader - USyd