Dr Phillip Hamer
Research Fellow

Dr Phillip Hamer

Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering

Dr Phillip Hamer is an ACAP Postdoctoral Fellow and the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering. Since completing his PhD in photovoltaics at UNSW in 2015 he has spent 3 years as a postdoctoral researcher and Junior Research Fellow at the Department of Materials in the University of Oxford. He has published more than 40 research papers and is a co-inventor on 5 patents. He is best known for his studies on the introduction and manipulation of hydrogen to passivate defects in silicon solar cells.

His current research interests follow on from this work, with the primary focus being the modelling of hydrogen transport within silicon solar cell structures. In order to do this the parameters for hydrogen diffusion and interaction with common impurities are being investigated in detail. These fundamental studies link with a large number of other research projects within the University, including attempts to mitigate light-induced degradation and contact resistance issues in multicrystalline solar cells and the hydrogenation of solar cell geometries based on amorphous silicon or metal oxide passivation schemes.

Room 309, Level 3 Tyree Energy Technologies Building (Building H6) University of New South Wales Sydney, NSW, 2052
  • Journal articles | 2023
    Fischer C; Schmid A; Herguth A; Zuschlag A; Altermatt PP; Hamer P; Hahn G, 2023, 'Influence of highly doped layers on hydrogen in-diffusion into crystalline silicon', Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, vol. 250, pp. 112056 - 112056, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.solmat.2022.112056
    Journal articles | 2020
    Chen D; Hamer P; Kim M; Chan C; Ciesla nee Wenham A; Rougieux F; Zhang Y; Abbott M; Hallam B, 2020, 'Hydrogen-induced degradation: Explaining the mechanism behind light- and elevated temperature-induced degradation in n- and p-type silicon', Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, vol. 207, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.solmat.2019.110353
  • Conference Presentations | 2019
    Chen D; Kim M; Varshney U; Sen C; Liu S; Zhang YUCHAO; Hamer P; Chong C; Ciesla A; Chan C; Chen R; Abbott M; Hallam B, 2019, 'Light and Elevated Temperature Induced Degradation (LeTID): the Past , the Present and What Lies Ahead', presented at 2019 Asia Pacific Solar Research Conference, Canberra, Australia, 02 December 2019
    Conference Presentations | 2018
    Chen D; Hamer P; Kim M; Bourett-Sicotte G; Liu S; Ciesla A; Chan C; Chen R; Fung TH; Vargas C; Ye Q; Abbott M; Hallam BJ; Wenham SR, 2018, 'Hydrogen Induced Degradation : A Possible Mechanism for Light and Elevated Temperature Induced Degradation (LeTID) in n-type Silicon', Vol. 185, pp. 174 - 182, presented at 8th International Conference on Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaics, Lausanne Switzerland, 19 March 2018 - 18 May 2018, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.solmat.2018.05.034
    Conference Papers | 2016
    Hallam B; Abbott M; Bilbao J; Hamer P; Gorman N; Kim M; Chen D; Hammerton K; Payne D; Chan C; Nampalli N; Wenham S, 2016, 'Modelling Kinetics of the Boron-Oxygen Defect System', in Energy Procedia, pp. 42 - 51, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2016.07.008