Daniel Chen is currently a Senior Photovoltaics Engineer at the Australian-based start-up SunDrive Solar and an Adjunct Lecturer in the School of Photovoltaics and Renewable Energy Engineering at UNSW. His work is currently focused on improving the performance of copper-plated silicon heterojunction solar cells with the goal of mass production within Australia. Several of his achievements at SunDrive include a world record silicon solar cell efficiency on an M6 commercial-sized wafer at 25.54% in 2021 followed by 25.94% in an low-indium silicon heterojunction device and up to 26.41% in 2022..
Daniel received his bachelor in Photovoltaics and Solar Energy Engineering (1st Class Honours) at UNSW in 2016. In 2022, he was awarded a Ph.D. in photovoltaics engineering from UNSW with his thesis entitled "Elucidating the mechanism behind light- and elevated temperature-induced degradation in silicon solar cells". He was later awarded a postdoctoral fellowship with the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics (ACAP), working on investigating various hydrogen-induced instabilities in tunnel-oxide polysilicon contact (TOPCon) solar cells.
Daniel has expertise within a variety of different topic areas including silicon heterojunction solar cells, defect engineering and the elimination of light-induced degradation in silicon, TOPCon solar cells, potential induced degradation, and also has an interest in perovskite-based tandem photovoltaic devices.
Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaic (ACAP) fellowship (2020 - 2023)
2015 Australia Research Council Research Excellence Award
2018 UNSW Postgraduate Research Symposium Poster Prize
2018 8th International Conference on Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaics (SiliconPV) Award
2018 - 2019 Physica Status Solidi (a) top % most downloaded paper
2019 9th International Conference on Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaics (SiliconPV) Best Abstract Award (Joint)
2019 15th International Crystalline SoG Silicon and Power PV Conference (CSPV) Award
2019 UNSW Postgraduate Research Symposium Oral Presentation Prize
2021 Dean's award for outstanding Ph.D. thesis