Since completing his PhD at ANU in 2001, Dr Macdonald has worked as a Research Scientist at the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN), and at the ANU where he has held 3 Australian Research Council funded fellowships (Postdoctoral fellowship 2003-06, QEII fellowship 2007-11 and Future fellowship 2012-15).
Crystalline silicon solar cells, in particular the following aspects:
- The characterisation, detection and reduction of defects and impurities in silicon solar cells
- Recombination and trapping in silicon
- N-type silicon solar cells
- Low-cost solar-grade silicon