Dr Hieu Nguyen

Dr Nguyen received his bachelor degree in electrical engineering from Portland State University, Oregon in 2011 with a GPA of 3.97/4.0. From 2011 to early 2013, he was a product yield engineer at Intel where he received the Intel Global Test Manufacturing Group (TMG) Excellence award in Q4, 2012.

In 12/2016, Dr Nguyen received his PhD in engineering (photovoltaics) from the Australian National University (ANU). In 2017, he was a visiting scientist at the United States' National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Currently, Dr Nguyen is a research fellow and lecturer at the ANU. He has published 50 scientific peer-reviewed papers, delivered 12 international talks and seminars, and is an Associate Fellow of The Higher Education Academy, UK. He received CECS's Dean Award for Excellence in Supervision in 12/2018 and was among the top four supervisors nominated for Vice Chancellor's Award in the same category in 02/2019.

The central idea of Dr Nguyen’s research is to advance solar energy technologies through knowledge and scientific discoveries and technological inventions. His research spans from the fundamental to the applied. His team explores the fundamental properties of light-matter interactions in solar energy materials and devices under various conditions. The team works to uncover the relationship between absorbed/emitted light and important properties of the materials and devices, including optical, electrical, chemical, and structural properties. By exploiting these phenomena, the team develops novel device concepts, advanced characterization techniques, and defect engineering routes with applications to renewable energy and material science. His team's research has been featured by over 100 media channels worldwide.

Selected media releases:

Grants awarded: AUD$794.3k as lead-investigator and AUD$3.46 million as co-investigator

6. ANU Early Career Researcher Travel Grant (05/2019). Recipient: Hieu Nguyen  Value: AUD$3k cash

5. ANU National Institutes Grant (04/2019-03/2020).

  • Project title: Solar research characterisation hub
  • Recipient: Daniel Macdonald (lead), Hieu Nguyen (co-lead), Fiona Beck, Andrew Blakers, Joe Coventry, Wojciech Lipinski, Larry Lu, John Pye, Matt Stocks, Antonio Tricoli, Takuya Tsuzuki, Klaus Weber, Thomas White
  • Total value: AUD$250,000 cash

4. Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics (ACAP) Collaboration Grant - Round 5 (11/2018-11/2020).

  • Project title: Advanced luminescence characterisation for doped-poly and passivation films in silicon photovoltaics
  • Recipient: Hieu Nguyen
  • Total value: AUD$184,045 ($58.3K cash and $125.7K in-kind)

3. Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) R&D Round 3 (03/2018-09/2021).

  • Project title: Driving increased efficiency and reliability in silicon photovoltaics - from ingots to modules
  • Recipients: Daniel Macdonald (lead), Fiacre Rougieux, Hieu Nguyen, Pheng Phang, Anyao Liu, Kelvin Sio (ANU)
  • Total value: AUD$9,153,470 ($3,425,330 cash and $5,728,140 partner in-kind)

2. ACAP Post-Doctoral Fellowship (01/2018-12/2020).

  • Project title: Multiscale and depth-resolved spectral photoluminescence for characterising silicon solar cells
  • Recipient: Hieu Nguyen
  • Total value: AUD$1,178,000 ($483K cash and $695K in-kind)

1. ACAP Collaboration Grant - Round 2 (2016-2017)

  • Project title: Advanced photoluminescence studies of silicon wafers and solar cells
  • Recipients: Daniel Macdonald (lead) and Hieu Nguyen
  • Total value: AUD$110,000 ($60K cash and $50K in-kind)



  • Thien Truong (primary supervisor, 2018-2022) - current
  • Mike Tebyetekerwa (primary supervisor, 2018-2022) - current
  • Jessica Wu (co-supervisor, 2016-2020) - current


  • Zhongshu Yang (primary supervisor, S2 2019 and S1 2020) - current
  • Kang Ye (primary supervisor, S2 2019 and S1 2020) - current
  • Ary Wibowo (primary supervisor, S2 2019 and S1 2020) - current
  • Rajeev Premayogi  (primary supervisor, S2 2019 and S1 2020) - current
  • Sven Gerritsen (primary supervisor, S1 2019 and S2 2019) - completed
  • Ziyuan Cai (primary supervisor, S2 2018 and S1 2019) - completed


  • Kilash Pyrke (primary supervisor, S1 2019 and S2 2019) - current
  • Zhuofeng Li (primary supervisor, S2 2018 and S1 2019) - completed
  • Boyi Chen (primary supervisor, S1 and S2 2018) - completed


  • Zhuofeng Li (07/2019-12/2019) - current

Course convener:

Student achievements news:

  • 14/08/2019:  Sven Gerritsen completed his Master project and go back to the EUTNetherlands. His report can be downloaded via this link.
  • 18/07/2019:  Honours student Zhuofeng Li published a journal paper in Nature Publishing Group's Scientific Reports. Well done, Zhuofeng!
  • 20/06/2019:  PhD student Thien Truong presented a poster at the 46th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist Conference, Chicago, Illinois.
  • 18/06/2019:  PhD student Mike Tebyetekerwa presented an oral talk at the 46th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist Conference, Chicago, Illinois.
  • 18/06/2019:  Publication of PhD student Mike Tebyetekerwa was selected as the frontispiece of Wiley's Advanced Materials.
  • 07/06/2019:  Honour student Kilash Pyrke received the prestigious ANU PBSA Partnership – Spotless Scholarship to undertake research on 2D materials.
  • 22/05/2019:  Research work on 2D materials of PhD student Mike Tebyetekerwa was featured by ANU media and many other media channels.
  • 06/05/2019:  PhD student Mike Tebyetekerwa published the first journal paper in Wiley's Advanced Materials.
  • 21/05/2019:  Research work on silicon of PhD student Thien Truong was featured by ANU media and many other media channels.
  • 14/02/2019:  Publication of Honours student Boyi Chen was selected as the back cover of Wiley's Advanced Energy Materials.
  • 17/01/2019:  PhD student Thien Truong published the first journal paper in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.
  • 16/01/2019:  Research work on novel characterization techniques of Honours student Boyi Chen was featured by ANU media and many other media channels.
  • 14/12/2018:  Honours student Boyi Chen published a journal paper in Wiley's Advanced Energy Materials.


Dr Nguyen is continuously looking for talented and motivated candidates to join his team. If you are looking for 1) a world-leading institute in renewable energy to host you and you have had a scholarship sponsor; 2) research collaborations; 3) both admissions and supporting scholarships (you will need an outstanding academic/industry record); 4) any other opportunities, please contact him directly. These positions are available for all levels (Masters/PhDs/Post-docs).

Group photo:

Winter 2019, ANU. Left to right: Jessica Wu, Kang Ye, Rajeev Premayogi, Zhongshu Yang, Rabin Basnet, Mike Tebyetekerwa, Kilash Pyrke, Thien Truong, Hieu Nguyen, Sven Gerritsen, Zhuofeng Li, and Ary Wiboro

Group lunch, winter 2019, ANU.

  • Solar cells and functional materials
  • Optical spectroscopy and imaging for energy applications
  • Light-matter interactions in energy materials

Mike Tebyetekerwa »

PhD Candidate

Mr Thien Truong »

PhD Candidate

ENGN4000 series courses
Code Title Year 20.. Semester
ENGN4524 Photovoltaic Technologies 18, 19, 20 S1
ENGN6000 series courses
Code Title Year 20.. Semester
ENGN6524 Photovoltaic Technologies 18, 19, 20, 21 S1

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