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 Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) Research 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, solar module cooling/thermal management etc. 

Currently she is the project lead for an ARENA funded collaborative project 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 a joint project with Monash University, Melbourne and Flinders University, Adelaide.

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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