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Dr. Tom White
Dr. Tom White Dr. Tom White is a Future Engineering Research Leader Fellow in the Research School of Engineering at the Australian National University. He has published more than 80 Journal Papers in the fields of photovoltaics, nanomaterials and photonics which have received over 6000 citations. His research expertise spans fundamental material studies, advanced characterization and simulation methods, and device engineering.​

Biography

​Dr. Tom White is a Future Engineering Research Leader Fellow in the Research School of Engineering at the Australian National University. He has a BSc and PhD in Physics from the University of Sydney, and has published more than 80 Journal Papers in the fields of photovoltaics, nanomaterials and photonics which have received over 6000 citations.  Dr White's primary research focus for the last 3 years has been the development of high efficiency perovskite solar cells and perovskite-silicon tandems, resulting in a number of high-impact results, including the recent demonstration of a record 26.4% efficient tandem device. His research expertise spans fundamental material studies, advanced characterization and simulation methods, and device engineering.

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  • Day 2Monday, February 26th
Conference
3:00 pm

Perovskite-Silicon Tandem Solar Cells: Progress, Challenges and Opportunities

With commercial silicon solar cells approaching both practical and theoretical efficiency limits, there is growing research effort to develop new low-cost technologies capable of reaching efficiencies of 30% and beyond. Silicon-based tandems that combine current industrial technology with emerging thin-film PV materials are considered the most cost-effective option for achieving this, with the latest edition of the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaics (ITRPV) predicting Si-based tandems to appear in mass production after 2019. The rapid rise of perovskite solar cell performance in the past few years has made perovskites the material of choice as a top cell for such tandems due to their high efficiency and simple, low-cost fabrication. This presentation will identify the challenges and prospects for perovskite-silicon tandems to surpass the efficiency limits of single-junction silicon cells, and will discuss the research developments that led to our recent demonstration of a 26.4% perovskite-silicon tandem. It will also identify the pathway to further efficiency gains, as well as the key challenges to commercialisation.

Auditorium between Building 4 and 5 15:00 - 15:30 Details