Supriya Pillai


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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

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Research Outputs

Contactless photo-conductivity measurements using time-resolved microwave conductivity

Hashmi, R. M. & Pillai, S., 2019, Proceedings of the 2019 International Conference on Electromagnetics in Advanced Applications (ICEAA): ICEAA '19 21st edition. Piscataway, NJ: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), p. 1407 1 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding contribution

  • 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 journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    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 book

    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 journalArticle

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    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 journalArticle

  • 5 Citations (Scopus)