Ms Rong   Deng
Postdoctoral Fellow

Ms 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 rejuvenation, remanufacturing and recycling of mid-life and end-life-life 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
    Lunardi MM; Dias PR; Deng R; Corkish R, 2021, 'Life Cycle Environmental Assessment of Different Solar Photovoltaic Technologies', in Photovoltaic Sustainability and Management, AIP Publishing, pp. 1 - 34,
  • 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, vol. 235, pp. 111445 - 111445,
    Journal articles | 2022
    Zhang Z; Xi F; Ma Q; Wan X; Li S; Ma W; Chen X; Chen Z; Deng R; Ji J; Fan HJ; Chong CM, 2022, 'A nanosilver-actuated high-performance porous silicon anode from recycling of silicon waste', Materials Today Nano, vol. 17, pp. 100162 - 100162,
    Journal articles | 2021
    Zhang Z; Xi F; Li S; Wan X; Ma W; Chen X; Chen Z; Deng R; Ji J; Fan HJ; Chong CM, 2021, 'High-performance Si/nano-Cu/CNTs/C anode derived from photovoltaic silicon waste: A potential photovoltaic-energy storage strategy', Materials Today Energy, vol. 20,
    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, vol. 29, pp. 760 - 774,
    Journal articles | 2021
    Deng R; Chang N; Green M, 2021, 'Peer behaviour boosts recycling', Nature Energy, vol. 6, pp. 862 - 863,
    Journal articles | 2021
    Wang L; Xi F; Zhang Z; Li S; Chen X; Wan X; Ma W; Deng R; Chong CM, 2021, 'Recycling of photovoltaic silicon waste for high-performance porous silicon/silver/carbon/graphite anode', Waste Management, vol. 132, pp. 56 - 63,
    Journal articles | 2021
    Deng R; Dias PR; Lunardi MM; Ji J, 2021, 'A sustainable chemical process to recycle end-of-life silicon solar cells', Green Chemistry, vol. 23, pp. 10157 - 10167,
    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, vol. 8,
    Journal articles | 2020
    Duan L; Zhang Y; He M; Deng R; Yi H; Wei Q; Zou Y; Uddin A, 2020, 'Burn-In Degradation Mechanism Identified for Small Molecular Acceptor-Based High-Efficiency Nonfullerene Organic Solar Cells', ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, vol. 12, pp. 27433 - 27442,
    Journal articles | 2020
    Duan L; Zhang Y; Deng R; Yi H; Uddin A, 2020, 'Balance between Energy Transfer and Exciton Separation in Ternary Organic Solar Cells with Two Conjugated Polymer Donors', ACS Applied Energy Materials, vol. 3, pp. 5792 - 5803,
    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, vol. 3, pp. 2456 - 2463,
    Journal articles | 2019
    Deng R; Chang NL; Ouyang Z; Chong CM, 2019, 'A techno-economic review of silicon photovoltaic module recycling', Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, vol. 109, pp. 532 - 550,
    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, vol. 12,
  • Conference Presentations | 2021
    Bilbao J; Monteiro Lunardi M; Ribeiro Dias P; Deng R; Corkish R, 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,,UNSW%20Sydney.%20The%20Preliminary%20Program%20is%20now%20available%21
    Conference Papers | 2018
    Lee CY; Cui X; Zhang T; Deng R; Kim K; Hoex B, 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,

  • 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.

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

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