Associate Professor Stephen Bremner
Associate Professor

Associate Professor Stephen Bremner

Engineering
Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering

Dr. Stephen Bremner is an Associate Professor in the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering

Teaching Areas

  • Engineering Design (ENGG1000)
  • Electronic Devices (SOLA2060)

Research interests

  • Third generation Photovoltaics including materials for hot carrier solar cells
  • Nanostructures for novel Photovoltaic Devices, including nanowires
  • III-V compound semiconductor growth by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE)
  • Multi-junction solar cells, collaborating with Ohio State University (USA) - currently hold III-V on silicon world record
  • Limiting Efficiencies of novel Photovoltaic paradigms 
  • Novel processing for conventional silicon solar cells

 

Current PhD opportunities:

Molecular Beam Epitaxy growth of III-V materials on Silicon

Growth and Characterisation of InAs/GaAs(Sb) quantum dot structures for PV devices

Molecular Beam Epitaxy Growth of Gallium Arsenide Bismide

Molecular Beam Epitaxy Growth of low band gap materials such as InSb for novel energy applications  

Novel rear contacting process for Silicon solar cells

Silicon sub-cell optimisation for III-V on silicon multi-junction solar cells

Nanowires for hot carrier solar cells

Phone
+61 2 9065 8844
Location
Office Location: 217, Tyree Energy Technologies Building
  • Journal articles | 2020
    Yi C; Ma FJ; Mizuno H; Makita K; Sugaya T; Takato H; Mehrvarz H; Bremner S; Ho-Baillie A, 2020, 'Application of polydimethylsiloxane surface texturing on III-V//Si tandem achieving more than 2 % absolute efficiency improvement', Optics Express, vol. 28, pp. 3895 - 3904, http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.380972
    Journal articles | 2019
    Yang Y; Bremner S; Menictas C; Kay M, 2019, 'A mixed receding horizon control strategy for battery energy storage system scheduling in a hybrid pv andwind power plant with different forecast techniques', Energies, vol. 12, pp. 2326 - 2326, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/en12122326
    Journal articles | 2019
    Zhang Z; Ghosh K; Faleev NN; Wang H; Honsberg CB; Reece P; Bremner SP, 2019, 'Sb dissociative surface coverage model for incorporation of antimony in GaAsSb layers grown on GaAs (0 0 1) substrates', Journal of Crystal Growth, vol. 526, pp. 125231 - 125231, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jcrysgro.2019.125231
    Journal articles | 2018
    Yang Y; Bremner S; Menictas C; Kay M, 2018, 'Battery energy storage system size determination in renewable energy systems: A review', Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, vol. 91, pp. 109 - 125, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2018.03.047
    Journal articles | 2017
    Conibeer G; Zhang Y; Bremner SP; Shrestha S, 2017, 'Towards an understanding of hot carrier cooling mechanisms in multiple quantum wells', Japanese Journal of Applied Physics, vol. 56, http://dx.doi.org/10.7567/JJAP.56.091201
    Journal articles | 2017
    Huang S; Cao W; Yuan L; Patterson R; Wen X; Tapping P; Kee T; Puthen-Veettil B; Zhang P; Zhang Z; Oiuyang Z; Reece P; Bremner S; Shrestha S; Conibeer G, 2017, 'Difference in hot carrier cooling rate between  Langmuir-Blodgett and drop cast PbS QDs films due to strong electron-phonon coupling', Nanoscale, vol. 9, pp. 17133 - 17142, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c7nr05247b
    Journal articles | 2017
    Limpert S; Burke A; Chen IJ; Anttu N; Lehmann S; Fahlvik S; Bremner S; Conibeer G; Thelander C; Pistol ME; Linke H, 2017, 'Bipolar Photothermoelectric Effect Across Energy Filters in Single Nanowires', Nano Letters, vol. 17, pp. 4055 - 4060, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.nanolett.7b00536
    Journal articles | 2017
    Limpert S; Burke A; Chen IJ; Anttu N; Lehmann S; Fahlvik S; Bremner S; Conibeer G; Thelander C; Pistol ME; Linke H, 2017, 'Single-nanowire, low-bandgap hot carrier solar cells with tunable open-circuit voltage', Nanotechnology, vol. 28, http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1361-6528/aa8984
    Journal articles | 2016
    Bremner SP; Yi C; Almansouri I; Ho-Baillie A; Green MA, 2016, 'Optimum band gap combinations to make best use of new photovoltaic materials', Solar Energy, vol. 135, pp. 750 - 757, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.solener.2016.06.042
    Journal articles | 2016
    Green MA; Bremner SP, 2016, 'Energy conversion approaches and materials for high-efficiency photovoltaics', Nature Materials, vol. 16, pp. 23 - 34, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nmat4676
    Journal articles | 2016
    Zhang Y; Tayebjee MJY; Smyth S; Dvořák M; Wen X; Xia H; Heilmann M; Liao Y; Zhang Z; Williamson T; Williams J; Bremner S; Shrestha S; Huang S; Schmidt TW; Conibeer GJ, 2016, 'Extended hot carrier lifetimes observed in bulk In0.265±0.02Ga0.735N under high-density photoexcitation', Applied Physics Letters, vol. 108, http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4945594
    Journal articles | 2015
    Almansouri I; Bremner S; Ho-Baillie A; Mehrvarz H; Hao X; Conibeer G; Grassman TJ; Carlin JA; Haas A; Ringel SA; Green MA, 2015, 'Designing bottom silicon solar cells for multijunction devices', IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics, vol. 5, pp. 683 - 690, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/JPHOTOV.2014.2381875
    Journal articles | 2015
    Almansouri I; Ho-Baillie A; Bremner SP; Green MA, 2015, 'Supercharging Silicon Solar Cell Performance by Means of Multijunction Concept', IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics, vol. 5, pp. 968 - 976, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/JPHOTOV.2015.2395140
    Journal articles | 2015
    Limpert SC; Bremner SP, 2015, 'Hot carrier extraction using energy selective contacts and its impact on the limiting efficiency of a hot carrier solar cell', Applied Physics Letters, vol. 107, http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4928750
    Journal articles | 2013
    Bremner SP; Ban KY; Faleev NN; Honsberg CB; Smith DJ, 2013, 'Impact of stress relaxation in GaAsSb cladding layers on quantum dot creation in InAs/GaAsSb structures grown on GaAs (001)', Journal of Applied Physics, vol. 114, http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4819962
    Journal articles | 2012
    Ban KY; Kuciauskas D; Honsberg CB; Bremner S, 2012, 'Observation of band alignment transition in InAs/GaAsSb quantum dots by photoluminescence', Journal of Applied Physics, vol. 111, http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4717766
    Journal articles | 2011
    Ban KY; Hong WK; Bremner S; Dahal S; McFelea H; Honsberg CB, 2011, 'Controllability of the subband occupation of InAs quantum dots on a delta-doped GaAsSb barrier', Journal of Applied Physics, vol. 109, pp. 014312, http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.3527039
    Journal articles | 2010
    Ban KY; Bremner S; Liu G; Dahal S; Norman A; Honsberg CB, 2010, 'Use of a GaAsSb buffer layer for the formation of small, uniform, and dense InAs quantum dots', Applied Physics Letters, vol. 96, pp. 183101, http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.3409691
    Journal articles | 2008
    Atkinson P; Schmidt OG; Bremner SP; Ritchie DA, 2008, 'Formation and ordering of epitaxial quantum dots', Comptes Rendus Physique, vol. 9, pp. 788 - 803, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.crhy.2008.10.014
    Journal articles | 2008
    Bremner SP; Levy MY; Honsberg CB, 2008, 'Analysis of tandem solar cell efficiencies under AM1.5G spectrum using a rapid flux calculation method', Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications, vol. 16, pp. 225 - 233, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pip.799
    Journal articles | 2008
    Bremner SP; Levy MY; Honsberg CB, 2008, 'Limiting efficiency of an intermediate band solar cell under a terrestrial spectrum', Applied Physics Letters, vol. 92, http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.2907493
    Journal articles | 2006
    Atkinson P; Ward MB; Bremner SP; Anderson D; Farrow T; Jones GAC; Shields AJ; Ritchie DA, 2006, 'Site-control of InAs quantum dots using Ex-situ electron-beam lithographic patterning of GaAs substrates', Japanese Journal of Applied Physics, Part 1: Regular Papers and Short Notes and Review Papers, vol. 45, pp. 2519 - 2521, http://dx.doi.org/10.1143/JJAP.45.2519
    Journal articles | 2006
    Gell JR; Atkinson P; Bremner SP; Sfigakis F; Kataoka M; Anderson D; Jones GAC; Barnes CHW; Ritchie DA; Ward MB; Norman CE; Shields AJ, 2006, 'Surface-acoustic-wave-driven luminescence from a lateral p-n junction', Applied Physics Letters, vol. 89, pp. 243505 - 243505, http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.2405419
  • Conference Papers | 2020
    Lepkowski DL; Boyer JT; Yi C; Soeriyadi AH; Blumer ZH; Juhl MK; Derkacs D; Kerestes C; Stavrides A; Mehrvarz H; Ho-Baillie AWY; Bremner S; Ringel SA; Grassman TJ, 2020, 'Loss Analysis and Design Strategies Enabling >23% GaAsP/Si Tandem Solar Cells', in Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, pp. 1884 - 1886, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/PVSC45281.2020.9300787
    Conference Papers | 2019
    Grassman TJ; Lepkowski DL; Boyer JT; Chmielewski DJ; Yi C; Western N; Mehrvarz H; Ho-Baillie A; Kerestes C; Derkacs D; Whipple SG; Stavrides AP; Bremner SP; Ringel SA, 2019, 'Toward >25% Efficient Monolithic Epitaxial GaAsP/Si Tandem Solar Cells', in Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, pp. 734 - 737, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/PVSC40753.2019.8980574
    Conference Papers | 2018
    Yang Y; Bremner S; Menictas C; Meng K; Dong ZY; Kay M, 2018, 'An economic optimization for BESS sizing in a hybrid PV and wind power plant', in 2017 IEEE Innovative Smart Grid Technologies - Asia: Smart Grid for Smart Community, ISGT-Asia 2017, pp. 1 - 6, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ISGT-Asia.2017.8378353
    Conference Papers | 2018
    Yang Y; Menictas C; Bremner S; Kay M, 2018, 'A Comparison Study of Dispatching Various Battery Technologies in a Hybrid PV and Wind Power Plant', in IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/PESGM.2018.8585803
    Conference Papers | 2018
    Yi C; Ma FJ; Mehrvarz H; Lepkowski D; Boyer J; Chmielewski D; Carlin JA; Ringel SA; Grassman TJ; Ho-Baillie A; Bremner S, 2018, 'Effect of Silicon Front Surface Doping Profile on GaP/Si Heterostructure for III-V/GaP/Si Multi-junction Solar Cells', 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, IEEE, Waikoloa Village, HI, USA, pp. 275 - 278, presented at World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion (WCPEC-7) 2018, Waikoloa Village, HI, USA, 10 June 2018 - 15 June 2018, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/PVSC.2018.8547600
    Conference Papers | 2018
    Zhao J; Xu Y; Ma F; Ho-Baillie A; Zhang H; Bremner S, 2018, 'Simulation of Solar Cells Employing 2 Dimensional Transition Metal Dichalcogenide - Silicon Front Surfaces', 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. 2092 - 2096, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/PVSC.2018.8547793
    Conference Papers | 2015
    Almansouri I; Bremner S; Ho-Baillie A; Ringel SA; Green MA, 2015, 'The design of single-junction GaAs and dual-junction GaAs/Si in the presence of threading dislocation density', in 2015 IEEE 42nd Photovoltaic Specialist Conference, PVSC 2015, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/PVSC.2015.7356245
    Conference Papers | 2014
    Limpert S; Ghosh K; Wagner H; Bowden S; Honsberg C; Goodnick S; Bremner S; Ho-Baillie A; Green M, 2014, 'Results from coupled optical and electrical sentaurus TCAD models of a gallium phosphide on silicon electron carrier selective contact solar cell', in 2014 IEEE 40th Photovoltaic Specialist Conference, PVSC 2014, pp. 836 - 840, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/PVSC.2014.6925045
    Conference Papers | 2011
    Honsberg CB; Bremner S; Lee J; Bailey A; Dahal SN, 2011, 'Hyrbid advanced concept solar cells', in Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, IEEE, Seattle, WA, pp. 1903 - 1906, presented at 37th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2011, Seattle, WA, 19 June 2011 - 24 June 2011, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/PVSC.2011.6186323
    Conference Papers | 2011
    Pancholi A; Zhang YC; Boyle J; Stoleru VG; Hanna MC; Norman AG; Bremner S; Honsberg C, 2011, 'Quantum dot materials for solar cell applications: Effects of strain-reducing and strain-compensated barriers on dot structural and optical properties', in Optics InfoBase Conference Papers

Current Grants

ARENA 2014 RND068 Towards Ultimate Performance Commercial Silicon Solar Cells

ARENA 2017 RND008 Next Generation Silicon sub-cells for high efficiency III-V/Si multi-junction solar cells

Australian Research Council Discovery Project DP170102677 Uncovering hot carrier cooling mechanisms in nano structures

Sub-contracts

US Department of Energy SunShot program DE-FOA-0001387 GaAsP/Si Tandem Solar Cells: Pathway to Low-Cost, High-Efficiency Photovoltaics