Supriya Pillai


  • 3174 Citations
  • 16 h-Index
If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile


Dr. Supriya Pillai is a Senior Research Fellow with the School of Engineering at Macquarie University. She has a background in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and a PhD in Photovoltaic Engineering from UNSW (2007) for a thesis based on surface plasmon enhnaced solar cells (Prof. Martin Green's group). She has subsequently worked as a post-doctoral reseracher at the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering at UNSW. She was the recipient of the ARENA fellowship in 2012. She is currently on a shared position as Senior Research Fellow with UNSW. Her work on surface plasmon enhanced solar cells featured in the news section of the Science magazine and is currently one of the most cited papers in the field of photovoltaics. She has authored >30 journal papers in high impact journals and 2 book chapters along with numerous conference papers.

Her research expertise and interest include photonics and nanotechnology for efficient semiconductor devices and light emitting diodes, light management and harvesting in different semoconductor devices, plasmonics, photovoltaics etc. 

Currently she is working on a contactless photoconductivity based diagnostic tool to screen the quality of potential photovoltaic materials before it goes into the device fabrication stage. This is an ARENA funded project.

Education/Academic qualification

Photovoltaics, PhD, The University of New South Wales

External positions

Senior Research Fellow, The University of New South Wales

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Supriya Pillai is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • 4 Similar Profiles
solar cells Physics & Astronomy
Solar cells Chemical Compounds
Silicon solar cells Chemical Compounds
Silver Chemical Compounds
plasmons Physics & Astronomy
nanoparticles Physics & Astronomy
Metals Chemical Compounds
trapping Physics & Astronomy

Network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Projects 2018 2021

Research Outputs 2003 2019

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

Light harvesting in organic solar cells

Pillai, S., Wright, M. & Chan, K. H., 2018, Encyclopedia of modern optics. Guenther, B. D. & Steel, D. G. (eds.). 2nd ed. Amsterdam: Elsevier, Vol. 5. p. 292-308 17 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary/reference bookResearchpeer-review

Dark carrier dynamics and electrical characteristics of organic solar cells integrated with Ag-SiO2 core-shell nanoparticles

Chan, K. H., Elumalai, N. K., Tayebjee, M. J. Y., Uddin, A. & Pillai, S., Jan 2017, In : Synthetic Metals. 223, p. 34-42 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Electric properties
solar cells
electrical properties

Interfacial engineering of hole transport layers with metal and dielectric nanoparticles for efficient perovskite solar cells

Wang, D., Chan, K. H., Elumalai, N. K., Mahmud, M. A., Upama, M. B., Uddin, A. & Pillai, S., 28 Sep 2017, In : Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. 19, 36, p. 25016-25024 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

solar cells

Low-temperature solution processed random silver nanowire as a promising replacement for indium tin oxide

Teymouri, A., Pillai, S., Ouyang, Z., Hao, X., Liu, F., Yan, C. & Green, M. A., 4 Oct 2017, In : ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. 9, 39, p. 34093-34100 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Tin oxides
Sheet resistance