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A/Prof Ziv HAMEIRI

Employment experience:  

2020 – Now: Associate Professor (UNSW) 

2018 – 2020: Senior Research Fellow (UNSW) 

2015 – 2018: Discovery Early Career Researcher Award Fellow (UNSW) 

2014 – 2015: Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow (UNSW) 

2011 – 2014: Research Fellow and Team Leader (National University of Singapore, Singapore) 

2010 – 2011: Research Associate (UNSW)

 

Education:  

2005 – 2010: Doctor of Philosophy in Photovoltaic Engineering (UNSW) 

2000 – 2005: Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel) 

Research interests: 

  • Development of new characterisation methods for silicon and non-silicon devices 

  • Development of machine learning applications for photovoltaics 

  • Investigation of bulk and surface defects in silicon wafers 

  • Development of novel passivation techniques for contacts and surfaces  

  • Development of novel beta-voltaics 

  • Development of agri-photovoltaic applications 

Why is your research important?  

All the different aspects of my research aim to achieve the same goal: Making photovoltaics cheaper. I truly believe that solar energy (and a vegetarian diet) is the only way to save our planet. Through my research, I am trying to do my part to save the world faster. 

Why do you like research?  

The fact that my passion is also the main way to save the world. Working with very smart and creative people. Being challenged all the time. Discovering something that did not exist before. 

What do you like to do when you are not saving the world?  

Reading in the sun. Exercising. Watching movies. Snowboarding.

Awards and Merits:

2020                           HDR (Higher Degree Research) Supervision Award

                                   Faculty of Engineering, The University of New South Wales, Australia

2019                           Staff Excellence Award in Research Excellence

                                   Faculty of Engineering, The University of New South Wales, Australia

2018                           IAAM Scientist Medal

                                   International Association of Advanced Materials

2018                           Staff Excellence Award in Research Excellence

                                   Faculty of Engineering, The University of New South Wales, Australia

2013                           Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellowship

                                   The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

2013                           Best Poster Award

                                   39th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference

2010                           Suntech Research Excellence Award

                                   Suntech Power Holding Co., LTD

                                   To recognise my contributions to the commercialisation of the laser-doping technology at Suntech                                       Power. Only the second recipient from outside the company to receive this prestigious award.

2006                           Endeavour International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (EIPRS)

                                   The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

2005                           Graduated Summa Cum Laude

                                   Ranked first out of 199 graduating students (final average – 94.5%)

                                   Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel

2002, 2005                 Faculty of Engineering Dean’s Honour Award

                                   Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel

2003, 2004                 Department of Electrical and Computer Eng. Chairman’s Honour Award

                                   Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel

Synergistic Activities:

2018 ­– Now               Casual Teaching Staff Coordinator and Mentor

                                   The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

2014 ­– Now               Senior Literature Survey Editor

                                   Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications

                                   These surveys are the most downloaded articles from the journal website.

2014 ­– 2020               SPREE Research Seminars Coordinator and Organizer

                                   The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

                                   A series of open seminars given by the world leading scientists.                                                       The seminars are recorded and uploaded to SPREE website to be used as                                     an online education tool (100,000+ views).

2019, 2020                 Stream Chair: Photovoltaic

                                   Asia-Pacific Solar Research Conference

2015, 2016, 2020       Session Chair, Sub-Area Chair

                                   IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conferences

2018, 2019                 Al Gore’s Leadership Workshop

                                   Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps

2018                           Area Chair: Silicon Photovoltaic Materials and Devices

                                   World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion

2017                           Member of UNSW delegation to India (UNSW Roadshow)

                                   The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

2013                           Member of the international expert panel to examine the international                                           standard for recombination lifetime measurements (SEMI PV13–0211).

Teaching:

2017 – Now 

 

2018, 2019              

Course coordinator ‘Advanced Solar Cell Characterisation’ (SOLA9102)

The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Lecturer ‘Life Cycle Assessment’ (SOLA5051) 

The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

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