Dr Brendan Wright
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Brendan Wright

  • Ph.D. Physics (2018)
    Intelligent Polymer Research Institute, University of Wollongong
    Major: Physics of Excited-States in Condensed-Matter
    Supervision: Prof. Attila Mozer & Assoc. Prof. Tracey Clarke
    Thesis: ”The driving force dependence of charge carrier dynamics in donor-acceptor organic photovoltaic systems using optical and electronic techniques”
  • B. Nanotechnology Honours (2011)
    School of Chemistry and Molecular Bioscience, University of Wollongong
    Major: Computational Chemistry
    Supervision: Assoc. Prof. Haibo Yu
    Thesis: ”Development of a polarisable force field for Nafion”
Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering

Research data scientist and machine learning engineer; background in experimental physics, signals analysis, and software engineering; professional experience in technical consulting, business process automation, and data analytics; a passion for generative learning models and computational optimisation.

210WS19, TETB
  • Journal articles | 2022
    Sen C; Hamer P; Soeriyadi A; Wright B; Wright M; Samadi A; Chen D; Stefani BV; Zhang D; Wu J; Jiang F; Hallam B; Abbott M, 2022, 'Impact of surface doping profile and passivation layers on surface-related degradation in silicon PERC solar cells', Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, vol. 235, pp. 111497 - 111497, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.solmat.2021.111497
    Journal articles | 2022
    Vicari Stefani B; Wright M; Soeriyadi A; Chen D; Kim M; Wright B; Andronikov D; Nyapshaev I; Abolmasov S; Wilson G; Hallam B, 2022, 'Silicon Heterojunction Solar Cells and p-type Crystalline Silicon Wafers: A Historical Perspective', Solar RRL, pp. 2200449 - 2200449, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/solr.202200449
    Journal articles | 2020
    Madumelu C; Wright B; Soeriyadi A; Wright M; Chen D; Hoex B; Hallam B, 2020, 'Investigation of light-induced degradation in N-Type silicon heterojunction solar cells during illuminated annealing at elevated temperatures', Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, vol. 218, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.solmat.2020.110752
  • Conference Papers | 2019
    Soeriyadi A; Weigand W; Wright B; Stefani BV; Wright M; Sen C; Chen D; Kim M; Holman Z; Hallam B, 2019, 'Elevating Low-Quality Silicon Wafers for High-Efficiency Silicon Heterojunction Solar Cell Applications', in Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, pp. 807 - 812, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/PVSC40753.2019.8980613

  • Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics (ACAP) Industrial Collaboration Grant, May 2022
    Project: "SunCable’s Big Data: Development of advanced methods to analysis large amounts of electrical and weather data"

  • Winning Entry, 1st International Eurovision AI Song Contest, hosted by VPRO, Netherlands, May 2020; ”Beautiful the World” available at youtu.be/sAzULywAHUM; Australian team as collaboration between academics at RMIT and UNSW, and industry partner Uncanny Valley; personal contribution included developing raw audio and song structure generation capabilities with learning algorithms.

Current research at UNSW focuses on the study of electrochemical defect mechanisms in silicon photovoltaics; modelling state-space dynamics using generative representation learning to investigate underlying physical mechanisms; more broadly, utilising recent developments in machine learning to model complex dynamic systems.

My Research Supervision

  • Chukwuka Madumelu; secondary supervision of doctoral candidate in photovoltaic engineering, University of New South Wales, 2019-2022