Dr Mahesh Suryawanshi

Dr Mahesh Suryawanshi

2011 - 2015   -  Ph. D. in Physics (Materials Science), Shivaji University, India

2008 - 2010  -  M.Sc. in Physics (Energy Science), Shivaji University, India

Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering

Dr. Mahesh P. Suryawanshi is an ARC DECRA Fellow & Lecturer in the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering (SPREE) at UNSW Sydney. 

He graduated with a BSc (Physics) in 2008 from the Shivaji University, India, followed by an MSc in Physics (Energy Science) in 2010 where he was supervised by Prof. P. S. Patil, also at the Shivaji University, India. Always keen on contributing to the renewable energy field, he then joined for Ph. D. at Shivaji University in 2011 and moved to Chonnam National University, South Korea under 'Doctoral Exchange Program' from 2012 to 2015 to work on earth-abundant compounds for solar energy conversion applications under the supervision of Prof. Jin Hyeok Kim and Prof. A. V. Moholkar.

After graduating in 2015, he was then awarded by Brain Korea (BK) -21 Fellowship to continue his postdoctoral research work with Prof. Jin Hyeok Kim at Chonnam National University, South Korea. He started a solar fuels research subgroup with Prof. Kim to investigate earth-abundant photoelectrodes and catalysts for solar-driven hydrogen generation. In June 2019, he joined the SPREE, UNSW Sydney as a Postdoctoral Fellow to develop new PV materials as top cells for Si with A/Prof. Xiaojing Hao.

Starting January 2021, Mahesh took his ARC DECRA fellowship at SPREE, UNSW Sydney with a vision to establish Multifunctional NanoMaterials and Devices subgroup and foster international collaborations. 

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School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering, Tyree Energy Technologies Building (TETB) H6, Level 2 UNSW Sydney, NSW 2033 Australia
  • Journal articles | 2022
    Ghorpade UV; Suryawanshi MP; Green MA; Wu T; Hao X; Ryan KM, 2022, 'Emerging Chalcohalide Materials for Energy Applications.', Chem Rev, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.chemrev.2c00422
    Journal articles | 2021
    Yoo H; Park J; Suryawanshi MP; Lee J; Kim JH; Eom K; Seo H; Jung HR; Kim DM; Shin SW; Kim JH, 2021, 'Surface and interface engineering for highly efficient Cu2ZnSnSe4thin-film solar cellsvia in situformed ZnSe nanoparticles', Journal of Materials Chemistry A, vol. 9, pp. 5442 - 5453, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/d0ta11302f

2021-2023  -  ARC DECRA Fellowship (DE210101565), $423,193, Lead CI

2019-2021  -  Early Career Researcher Award (APOSTD/2019/078), European Commission, $190,000, Lead CI

2017-2019  -  National Research Foundation (NRF), Korea (NRF2019M1A2A2936784), $156,000, Co-CI

2018-2019  -  National Research Foundation (NRF), Korea (NRF2018H1D3A2002154, $76,000, Co-CI

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2021-2023          -  ARC DECRA Fellowship 

2019-2021          -  Early Career Researcher Award by Generalitat Valenciana, Spain & European Commission

2018                   -  Best Presentation Award, 7th Asia-Pacific Forum on Renewable Energy (AFORE) 2018, Korea

2016-2019          -  Brain Korea (BK)-21 Postdoctoral Fellowship, South Korea 

2015                   -  Key Scientific Article Award, Renewable Energy Global Innovations Series (REGI), Canada

2012-2015          -  International Doctoral Exchange Student Scholarship, NRF, South Korea

2009                  -   Eklayva Scholarship, Shivaji University, India 


Dr. Mahesh's research interests include:

Nanocrystals/Quantum dots

  • Design and developments of earth-abundant halide, chalcogenide, chalcohalide, phosphide and nitride nanocrystals/quantum dots
  • Surface Ligand Engineering, shape, size and composition tuning, self-assembly 
  • Also interested in developing automated nanocrystal syntheses in gram scale

Energy Applications

  • Quantum dots solar cells
  • Solution-processed inorganic thin film solar cells 
  • Solar-driven hydrogen generation using nanocrystals/quantum dots-based and direct ink processed thin films.
  • Future Interest: Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) based on nanocrystals/quantum dots


  • Colloidal nanoelectrocatalysts
  • Heterostructures carbon-based compounds
  • Hydrogen evolution reaction, oxygen evolution reactions and alternative oxidation reactions, For e.g., Hydrazine, Urea, Glycerol etc. 
  • In-Situ Operando Characterizations of the electrocatalysts
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My Research Supervision

Xinyao Guo (HDR)

Umesh P. Suryawanshi (Chonnam National University, South Korea)

Mayur A. Gaikwad (Chonnam National University, South Korea)

My Teaching