Catherine received her PhD in Photovoltaic Engineering in 2014 at UNSW in the area of novel laser processes for silicon solar cells. While completing her PhD, Dr. Chan worked as part of the UNSW Technology Transfer Team, commercialising UNSW’s laser doped selective emitter (LDSE) and advanced hydrogenation technologies.
She is now a postdoctoral research fellow at UNSW working on crystalline silicon solar cell research and development. Her research interests include advanced hydrogen passivation of defects in silicon, and understanding light-induced degradation in both mono and multi-crystalline solar cells. Her work has led to the development of industrial tools to mitigate light-induced degradation (LID) in commercial silicon solar cells, with several of these tools now available on the market and being used in production to fabricate LID-free cells. Catherine is an inventor on >10 patents and has published >70 research papers.