• 434 Citations
  • 13 h-Index
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David Payne has a background in photonics and electronics and his primary field of expertise is photovoltaics (PV), with a view towards lowering the cost and increasing the efficiency of solar cells to accelerate the uptake of sustainable and clean energy production. His current primary project involves working closely with solar cell manufacturers to better understand and optimise a new type of industrially applicable ‘black silicon’ texturing technique which not only enables lower cost substrate materials but can also lead to improved solar cell efficiencies through superior optics.

His core research interests are:

  • Photovoltaic devices
  • Nanophotonics and light-trapping
  • Advanced optical characterisation and modelling
  • Image processing and research software development

Education/Academic qualification

Photovoltaics, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), University of Southampton

1 Oct 20091 Jun 2013

Electronic Engineering, MEng, University of Southampton


External positions

Adjunct Lecturer, The University of New South Wales

1 May 2018 → …

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Projects 2017 2021

Research Outputs 2010 2020

  • 434 Citations
  • 13 h-Index
  • 22 Article
  • 9 Conference proceeding contribution
  • 4 Conference paper
  • 2 Letter

Modeling boron-oxygen degradation and self-repairing silicon PV modules in the field

Ciesla, A. M., Bilbao, J. I., Chan, C. E., Payne, D. N. R., Chen, D., Kim, M., Wenham, S. R. & Hallam, B. J., Jan 2020, In : IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics. 10, 1, p. 28-40 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Advanced passivation of laser-doped and grooved solar cells

Wang, S., Mai, L., Ciesla, A., Hameiri, Z., Payne, D., Chan, C., Hallam, B., Chong, C. M., Ji, J., Shi, Z. & Wenham, S., May 2019, In : Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells. 193, p. 403-410 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Solar cells
Silicon nitride

Application and validity of the effective medium approximation to the optical properties of nano-textured silicon coated with a dielectric layer

Fung, T. H., Veeken, T., Payne, D., Veettil, B., Polman, A. & Abbott, M., 23 Dec 2019, In : Optics Express. 27, 26, p. 38645-38660 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
optical properties
solar spectra

Improved ray tracing on random pyramid texture via application of Phong scattering

Fung, T. H., Khan, M. U., Zhang, Y., Western, N. J., Payne, D. N. R., McIntosh, K. R. & Abbott, M. D., May 2019, In : IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics. 9, 3, p. 591-600 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Ray tracing
ray tracing

Large-area nanosphere gratings for light trapping and reduced surface losses in thin solar cells

Chang, Y-C., Pollard, M. E., Payne, D. N. R., Sprafke, A., Pillai, S. & Bagnall, D. M., Jul 2019, In : IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics. 9, 4, p. 1012-1019 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Solar cells
solar cells