Dr Rong Deng
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Rong Deng

Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering

Rong Deng is a Postdoctoral research fellow at the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering, University of New South Wales. She completed her PhD on "End-of-life Recycling of Silicon Photovoltaic Modules: Towards A Circular Economy" in 2021, and she obtained the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours Class I) in 2018 at UNSW. Her research focuses on sustainable end-life-life management of silicon photovoltaic modules, from both a technological and economic perspective. Her paper "A techno-economic review of silicon photovoltaic module recycling" received high praises from leading experts in this field, and have been recognised as a  "PV Recycling textbook" among the industry. 

Her research interests include:

  • End-of-life management of photovoltaics panels
  • End-markets for recycled module materials 
  • PV sustainability 
  • Large PV modules 
  • Book Chapters | 2021
    2021, 'Life Cycle Environmental Assessment of Different Solar Photovoltaic Technologies', in Photovoltaic Sustainability and Management, AIP Publishing, pp. 1 - 34, http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/9780735423152_005
    Book Chapters | 2021
    2021, 'Life Cycle Environmental Assessment of Different Solar Photovoltaic Technologies', in Photovoltaic Sustainability and Management, AIP Publishing, pp. 5-1-5-34, http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/9780735423152_005
  • Journal articles | 2023
    2023, 'Product stewardship considerations for solar photovoltaic panels', AIMS Energy, 11, pp. 140 - 155, http://dx.doi.org/10.3934/energy.2023008
    Journal articles | 2022
    Chang YC; Wang S; Deng R; Li S; Ji J; Chong CM, 2022, 'Investigation of laser doping and plating process for cost-effective PV metallization', Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, 235, pp. 111445 - 111445, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.solmat.2021.111445
    Journal articles | 2022
    2022, 'A nanosilver-actuated high-performance porous silicon anode from recycling of silicon waste', Materials Today Nano, 17, pp. 100162 - 100162, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mtnano.2021.100162
    Journal articles | 2022
    2022, 'Estimating the Lifetime of Solar Photovoltaic Modules in Australia', Sustainability (Switzerland), 14, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/su14095336
    Journal articles | 2022
    2022, 'High yield, low cost, environmentally friendly process to recycle silicon solar panels: Technical, economic and environmental feasibility assessment', Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 169, pp. 112900 - 112900, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2022.112900
    Journal articles | 2022
    2022, 'Improved lithium-ion batteries with coral-like anodes made of recycled spherical porous silicon coated with nitrogen-doped carbon', Environmental Chemistry Letters, 20, pp. 3377 - 3385, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10311-022-01488-9
    Journal articles | 2022
    2022, 'Purification of silicon from waste photovoltaic cells and its value-added application in lithium-ion batteries', New Journal of Chemistry, 46, pp. 11788 - 11796, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/d2nj01093c
    Journal articles | 2022
    2022, 'Recent progress in silicon photovoltaic module recycling processes', Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 187, pp. 106612 - 106612, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.resconrec.2022.106612
    Journal articles | 2022
    2022, 'Si@SiOx/Ag composite anodes with high initial coulombic efficiency derive from recyclable silicon cutting waste', Chemical Engineering Journal, 447, pp. 137563 - 137563, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cej.2022.137563
    Journal articles | 2021
    Deng R; Chang N; Lunardi MM; Dias P; Bilbao J; Ji J; Chong CM, 2021, 'Remanufacturing end-of-life silicon photovoltaics: Feasibility and viability analysis', Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications, 29, pp. 760 - 774, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pip.3376
    Journal articles | 2021
    2021, 'A sustainable chemical process to recycle end-of-life silicon solar cells', Green Chemistry, 23, pp. 10157 - 10167, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/d1gc02263f
    Journal articles | 2021
    2021, 'High-performance Si/nano-Cu/CNTs/C anode derived from photovoltaic silicon waste: A potential photovoltaic-energy storage strategy', Materials Today Energy, 20, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mtener.2021.100671
    Journal articles | 2021
    2021, 'Peer behaviour boosts recycling', Nature Energy, 6, pp. 862 - 863, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41560-021-00905-7
    Journal articles | 2021
    2021, 'Recycling of photovoltaic silicon waste for high-performance porous silicon/silver/carbon/graphite anode', Waste Management, 132, pp. 56 - 63, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wasman.2021.07.014
    Journal articles | 2020
    Duan L; Zhang Y; Yi H; Haque F; Deng R; Guan H; Zou Y; Uddin A, 2020, 'Trade-Off between Exciton Dissociation and Carrier Recombination and Dielectric Properties in Y6-Sensitized Nonfullerene Ternary Organic Solar Cells', Energy Technology, 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ente.201900924
    Journal articles | 2020
    2020, 'Balance between Energy Transfer and Exciton Separation in Ternary Organic Solar Cells with Two Conjugated Polymer Donors', ACS Applied Energy Materials, 3, pp. 5792 - 5803, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsaem.0c00740
    Journal articles | 2020
    2020, 'Burn-In Degradation Mechanism Identified for Small Molecular Acceptor-Based High-Efficiency Nonfullerene Organic Solar Cells', ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 12, pp. 27433 - 27442, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsami.0c05978
    Journal articles | 2019
    Duan L; Yi H; Wang Z; Zhang Y; Haque F; Sang B; Deng R; Uddin A, 2019, 'Semitransparent organic solar cells based on PffBT4T-2OD with a thick active layer and near neutral colour perception for window applications', Sustainable Energy and Fuels, 3, pp. 2456 - 2463, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c9se00413k
    Journal articles | 2019
    2019, 'A techno-economic review of silicon photovoltaic module recycling', Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 109, pp. 532 - 550, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2019.04.020
    Journal articles | 2018
    Lee CY; Wang S; Cui X; Zhang T; Deng R; Khoo KT; Hoex B, 2018, 'Improving the Silicon Surface Passivation by Aluminum Oxide Grown Using a Non-Pyrophoric Aluminum Precursor', Physica Status Solidi - Rapid Research Letters, 12, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pssr.201800156
  • Preprints | 2022
    2022, A double-layer of stable coral-like PSi@C(N) anodes for lithium-ion Batteries synthesized from microsilica, , http://dx.doi.org/10.21203/rs.3.rs-1431400/v1
    Conference Presentations | 2021
    2021, 'Advances in PV sustainability during 20-21, an overview of PVPS Task 12 work', presented at Asia Pacific Solar Research Conference 2021, 16 December 2021 - 17 December 2021, https://apvi.org.au/solar-research-conference/#:~:text=The%20APSRC%202021%20will%20be%20held%20from%20the,UNSW%20Sydney.%20The%20Preliminary%20Program%20is%20now%20available%21
    Conference Papers | 2021
    2021, 'Equipment Development for Simultaneously Bifacial Plating Metallization in Bifacial Solar Cells', in 38th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition, WIP, Lisbon, Portugal (Online), pp. 119 - 123, presented at 38th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition, Lisbon, Portugal (Online), 06 September 2021 - 10 September 2021, http://dx.doi.org/10.4229/EUPVSEC20212021-2AO.9.3
    Conference Papers | 2018
    2018, 'Evaluating the Impact of Thermal Annealing on Al 2 O 3 /c-Si Interface Properties by Non-Destructive Measurements', in 2018 IEEE 7th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, WCPEC 2018 - A Joint Conference of 45th IEEE PVSC, 28th PVSEC and 34th EU PVSEC, pp. 2788 - 2791, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/PVSC.2018.8547787

  • Forbes 30 under 30 Asia List - Healthcare & Science, 2022.

  • Australia Global Talent, Department of Home Affairs, 2020.

  • 1st Runner up of SPREE Three Minute Thesis Competition entitled “Towards a photovoltaic circular economy”, 2021, Sydney, Australia.

  • Best Oral Presentation Award entitled "Comparative Economic Assessment of Silicon Photovoltaic Module Recycling", GPVC 2019, Mar 14th, Gwangju, Korea.

  • Best Poster Presentation Award entitled "A Simple Method for rapid recycling of silver from decommissioned silicon photovoltaics.", 36th EUPVSEC, Sep 9-13th, 2019, Marseille, France.

  • Best Poster award entitled “Recovering 15 billion from the Waste: Closed-loop Recycling of End-of-Life Silicon Photovoltaic Modules.” UNSW Engineering PG Symposium, Dec 9-10th, 2019, Sydney, Australia


Selected publications:

Deng, R., Chang, N.L., Ouyang, Z. and Chong, C.M., 2019. A techno-economic review of silicon photovoltaic module recycling. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 109, pp.532-550.

Deng, R., Chang, N., Lunardi, M.M., Dias, P., Bilbao, J., Ji, J. and Chong, C.M., 2021. Remanufacturing end‐of‐life silicon photovoltaics: Feasibility and viability analysis. Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications, 29(7), pp.760-774.

Deng, R., Chang, N.L., Green, M., 2021. Studying Behavior Boosts Recycling. Nature Energy, News and Views, volume 6, pp862-863.

Deng, R., Dias, P., Lunardi, M.M., Ji, J., 2021. Sustainable chemical process to recycle end-of-life solar cells. Green Chemistry, 23(24), pp.10157-10167.

Tan, V., Dias, P. R., Chang, N., Deng, R. (2022). Estimating the Lifetime of Solar Photovoltaic Modules in Australia. Sustainability, 14(9), 5336.

Lunardi, M.M., Dias, P.R., Deng, R. and Corkish, R., 2021. Life Cycle Environmental Assessment of Different Solar Photovoltaic Technologies.



My Research Supervision

Verity Tan: Resource demand and supply of photovoltaic modules, with module lifetime, system type, and different markets as key factors

Olivia Bowen: Recovering valuable materials from crystalline silicon photovoltaic modules by electrostatic separation

Hugh Wallace: Qualitative assessment of current attitudes and practices in the Australian Solar Industry towards PV system end-of-life management.

My Teaching

SOLA5051 Life Cycle assessment course convenor.