Our People

Group Leaders

Professor Kylie Catchpole

Professor Kylie Catchpole is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the Research School of Engineering at the Australian National University. Her research interests are in perovskite solar cells, solar water splitting, and nanotechnology for solar cell applications. She has authored over 100 publications, and her work on plasmonic solar cells has been featured in the news sections of Science magazine and The Economist. Her work on nanophotonic light trapping was listed as one of MIT Technology Review's '10 most important emerging technologies'. In 2015 she was awarded the John Booker medal for Engineering Science from the Academy of Science. 

Professor Klaus Weber

Dr Klaus Weber is Associate Professor in the Research School of Engineering at the ANU. He co-invented and developed several thin film cell technologies including SLIVER technology, for which he was closely involved in the commercial development including the current ARENA project (formerly with Transform Solar). He has authored over over 140 publications. He is a recipient of the Weeks Award by the International Solar Energy Society and the Alan Walsh Medal for Service to Industry by the Australian Institute of Physics. His work on SLIVER technology received numerous other awards including the Banksia Award and the Aichi World Expo Global Eco-Tech 100 award.

Professor Thomas White

A/Prof White has a BSc(Hons) and PhD in physics from the University of Sydney, and has previously held research positions in the United States (Bell Laboratories) and the UK (University of St Andrews).  He has published widely in areas of theoretical and experimental optics and photonics, nanostructure enhancement of light-matter interactions, and photovoltaics.  His current research focus is on perovskite solar cells and tandems, with a particular interest in quantifying recombination and optical losses in these devices.  Other research interests include perovskite light emitters and lasers, and their applications.

Dr Beck leads a research group focused on integrating nanophotonics and optoelectronic device design for applications in renewable energy production, and the next generation of photodetection technologies. Dr Beck's group is in close collaboration with the perovskite photovoltaic group in the area of hydrogen generation via water splitting.


Dr Beck currently holds a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) from the ARC, as well as the Future Engineering Research Leader (FERL) Fellowship from the ANU. She joined the Research School of Engineering at The Australian National University as a research fellow and lecturer in 2015.

Dr Fiona Beck

Research Fellows

Dr The Duong

Dr Arafat Mahmud

Dr Jun Peng

Dr Daniel Walter

Mr Daniel Jacobs

Dr Hemant Mulmudi

Dr Heping Shen

Mr Yiliang Wu

PhD Students

Ms Naeimeh Mozaffari

Ms Nandi Wu

Perovskite Photovoltaic Research at the Australian National University