Dr Murad Tayebjee
Senior Lecturer

Dr Murad Tayebjee

Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering

I use lasers to understand how light and matter interact. My overarching aim is to be able to design new solar energy harvesting devices.

I completed my PhD at The University of Sydney in 2012. After this, I was awarded an ARENA Postdoctoral Fellowship at UNSW from 2013-2016. I moved to The University of Cambridge after winning a Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellowship (2016-2018), before returning to UNSW in 2018 when I was appointed as a Senior Lecturer. I currently lead a research group with the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering.

+61 2 9065 6128
Rm 242 | Level 2 | Tyree Energy Technologies Building | Building H6 The University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052
  • Journal articles | 2017
    Soufiani AM; Hameiri Z; Meyer S; Lim S; Tayebjee MJY; Yun JS; Ho-Baillie A; Conibeer GJ; Spiccia L; Green MA, 2017, 'Lessons learnt from spatially resolved electro- and photoluminescence imaging: Interfacial delamination in CH3NH3PbI3 planar perovskite solar cells upon illumination', Advanced Energy Materials, vol. 7, pp. 1602111 - 1602111, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/aenm.201602111
    Journal articles | 2017
    Wright M; Lin R; Tayebjee MJY; Conibeer G, 2017, 'Effect of Blend Composition on Bulk Heterojunction Organic Solar Cells: A Review', Solar RRL, vol. 1, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/solr.201700035
    Journal articles | 2016
    Soufiani AM; Tayebjee MJY; Meyer S; Ho-Baillie A; Sung Yun J; MacQueen RW; Spiccia L; Green MA; Hameiri Z, 2016, 'Electro- and photoluminescence imaging as fast screening technique of the layer uniformity and device degradation in planar perovskite solar cells', Journal of Applied Physics, vol. 120, pp. 035702 - 035702, http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4956436
    Journal articles | 2016
    Tayebjee MJY; Schwarz KN; MacQueen RW; Dvořák M; Lam AWC; Ghiggino KP; McCamey DR; Schmidt TW; Conibeer GJ, 2016, 'Morphological Evolution and Singlet Fission in Aqueous Suspensions of TIPS-Pentacene Nanoparticles', Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 120, pp. 157 - 165, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcc.5b11353
    Journal articles | 2015
    Conibeer G; Shrestha S; Huang S; Patterson R; Xia H; Feng Y; Zhang P; Gupta N; Tayebjee M; Smyth S; Liao Y; Lin S; Wang P; Dai X; Chung S, 2015, 'Hot carrier solar cell absorber prerequisites and candidate material systems', Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, vol. 135, pp. 124 - 129, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.solmat.2014.11.015
    Journal articles | 2015
    Tayebjee MJY; McCamey DR; Schmidt TW, 2015, 'Beyond shockley-queisser: Molecular approaches to high-efficiency photovoltaics', Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, vol. 6, pp. 2367 - 2378, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpclett.5b00716
    Journal articles | 2013
    Tayebjee MJY; Clady RGCR; Schmidt TW, 2013, 'The exciton dynamics in tetracene thin films', Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, vol. 15, pp. 14797 - 14805, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c3cp52609g
    Journal articles | 2011
    Clady RGCR; Schmidt T; Tayebjee M; Aliberti P; Conibeer G; Konig D; Green MA; Ekins-Daukes NJ, 2011, 'Interplay between the hot phonon effect and intervalley scattering on the cooling rate of hot carrier in GaAs and InP', Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications, vol. 20, pp. 82 - 92, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pip.1121

External Funding

2022-2024 CI ARC Linkage Grant (Total: $751,389. ARC: $417,398. Partner Organisations: $331,991)

2021           CI International Research Contract

2019-2021 Lead CI Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics Collaboration Grant ($40,000)

2016-2018 Lead CI Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowship (EUR 195,455)

2013-2016 Lead CI Australian Renewable Energy Agency, Postdoctoral Fellowship ($330,195)

2015           CI DAAD g08 Australia-Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme ($10,000)

2013           Lead CI Ian Potter Foundation Travel Grant ($2,100)

2012           Lead CI DAAD, Short-term Research Grant for Doctoral Candidates (EUR 2,100)

Internal Funding

2022           CI Discovery Project Goldstar Award ($30,000)

2022-2023  CI Carer Award ($30,000) 

2019-2021  CI UNSW-USA Networks of Excellence Grant ($50,000)

2020           CI UNSW Research Infrastructure Scheme ($97,000)

2019           Lead CI UNSW Research Infrastructure Scheme ($205,000)

2018-2022 Lead CI Academic start-up package ($180,000).

2020 Young Investigator Grant – 2nd Frontiers in Photochemistry Conference

2019 CASS Foundation Travel Award

2018 UNSW Faculty of Engineering Staff Excellence Award in Educational Excellence and Innovation

2017 Selected to attend the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting on Chemistry

2015 CASS Foundation Travel Award

My Research Supervision

Ms Akasha Kaleem (Scientia PhD Scholar) is studying vibronic coupling in molecular transitions

Mr Alexander Baldacchino (TFS PhD Scholar) is studying the ultrafast spectroscopy and thermodynamics of solar cells

Mr Alvin Mo (RTP PhD Scholar) is developing singlet fission solar cell technologies

Mr Miles Collins (RTP and Sydney Quantum Academy Scholar) is studying the spin physics of singlet fission

Mr Abhinav Sharma (TFS PhD Scholar) is studying the spectroscopy and device design of hot carrier solar cells

Mr Ruiyan Ren (Masters Thesis) is studying the use of spectral management for next-generation photovoltaic devices

Mr Benjamin Aarons (4th Year Honours Thesis) is studying the degradation of singlet fission materials

Graduated Students

Ms Haoran Wang (4th Year Honours Thesis Student, 2021)

Mr Miles Collins (4th Year Honours Thesis Student, 2020, Yingli Prize for best Photovoltaic Thesis)

Dr Arman Mahboubi-Soufiani (PhD, 2017) - currently an ACAP Fellow at UNSW

Dr Yi Zhang (PhD, 2017) - currently a lecturer at Hohai University

Dr Matthew Wright (PhD, 2017) - currently a postdoctoral researcher at Oxford University