Awarded PhD from the School of Photovoltaics and Renewable Energy Engineering (SPREE), UNSW, Sydney, Australia in 2017. Thesis topic is titled "Low-temperature hydrogenation for plated silicon solar cells".
Ran Chen submitted her PhD in March 2017 which focused on technology development for advanced hydrogenation in p-type multi wafers and solving light-induced degradation in such silicon. She has published numerous related papers and been an inventor on 7 patents for innovative approaches for controlling the charge state of hydrogen atoms in silicon. Her patent for using sub-bandgap photons to convert H- into H0 is of particular importance for the new n-type advanced hydrogenation technology being developed in her PhD has been awarded Category 1 research funding from the Australian Research Energy Agency (ARENA) and also She is an expert on solving contact resistance problems originating during hydrogenation due to passivation of metal/silicon interfaces and the adhesion of the metal contacts.
1. Lead Chief Investigator on Australia Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) project 2017/RND003 titled "Improving World-Record Commercial High-Efficiency n-type Solar Cells through Recombination Analysis & Innovative Passivation".
2. Chief Investigator on ARENA project 2017/RND010 titled "Development of novel hydrogen trapping techniques for breakthrough Si casting and wafering technologies".
3. Chief Investigator on ARENA project 2020/RND005 titled "Next-generation selective-emitters for commercial PERC and TOPCon solar panels".
4. Investigator on Netherland government granted project titled "Light and Elevated Temperature Induced Degradation Repair Approach".
2018 Staff excellence award in Industry Engagement from Faculty of Engineering, UNSW
2020 Staff excellence award in Equity and Diversity as part of the "Early Career Academics Committee" from Faculty of Engineering, UNSW.
2020 Staff excellence award in Equity and Diversity as part of the "The Commercial Solar Cells Defect Engineering Team" from Faculty of Engineering, UNSW.
Light and elevated temperature induced degradation (LeTID) for n- and p-type silicon solar cells
Advanced hydrogen charge state control techniques for high-efficiency n-type silicon solar cells
Defect Engineering for industrial n-type silicon solar cells
Ring defect studies for n- and p-type silicon materials
Investigation of contact resistance problem caused by hydrogenation at metal/Si interface for high-efficiency n-type Si solar cells
Adhesion studies for different metal contacts for Si solar cells