EQuS researcher receives Westpac Research Fellowship—6 April 2016

Early career researcher Dr Ivan Kassal from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems will receive funding to further his research in solar-energy harvesting using quantum effects, receiving aWestpac Bicentennial Foundation inaugural Westpac Research Fellowship. Since 2008, Dr Kassal has worked at the forefront research on quantum effects in photosynthesis, deciphering the factors that contribute to the efficiency of solar-energy harvesting. Dr Kassal said the Westpac Research Fellowship means he can focus on his goal of translating fundamental scientific breakthroughs into advances in clean-energy technology. “My project focuses on the design of better organic solar cells by examining the role of quantum coherence. Quantum coherence, which describes the wave-like properties of particles, is expected to play a fundamental role in the design of efficient, flexible and cheap renewable-energy devices,” Dr Kassal said.  

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Image: Dr Ivan Kassal.
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Original Published Date: 
Wednesday, April 6, 2016