The awards committee of the 43rd IEEE PVSC is proud to announce this year’s winner of the PVSC Young Professional Award—Dr. Bram Hoex (The University of New South Wales). Dr. Hoex is recognized for pioneering work on rear-surface passivation of Si solar cells, which enabled an industry transition to higher efficiency, passivated emitter rear contact (PERC) cell technology.Bram Hoex completed a MSc degree and PhD degree in Applied Physics from the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Netherlands. His PhD work on functional thin films for high-efficiency solar cells was recognized by both the SolarWorld “Junior Einstein” and Leverhulme “Technology Transfer” awards. After completing his PhD degree in 2008 he joined the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) as head of the Photovoltaic Characterization group. From 2012 to the end of 2014 he was Director of the Silicon Materials and Solar Cells Cluster as well as group leader Monocrystalline Silicon Wafer Solar Cells. In 2015 he joined the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering (SPREE) at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia as an academic in a convertible tenure track position. His research focusses on the development and characterization of high-efficiency silicon wafer solar cells, typically working in close collaboration with equipment and solar cell manufacturers to ensure rapid transfer to the PV industry. His current research focuses on development and commercialization of high-efficiency device architectures that capitalize on the UNSW advanced hydrogenation technique. He is best known for his ground breaking work on aluminum oxide for crystalline silicon surface passivation which is now the de facto standard for industrial PERC solar cells. He also pioneered the application of atomic layer deposition for silicon wafer solar cell manufacturing. During his career he has raised over US$ 15M in competitive research funding of which US$ 11M as lead Principal Investigator. He has published over 100 journal and conference papers which have been cited over 3100 times to date. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Hoex and be sure to attend his invited oral presentation during PVSC on Thursday, June 9th at 1:30pm in the Oregon Ballroom 204.
IEEE PVSC YOUNG PROFESSIONAL AWARD NOMINATION INSTRUCTIONS
Nomination Deadline: February 10, 2016
About the Award
The PVSC Young Professional Award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the science and technology of photovoltaic energy conversion, including work on PV materials, devices, modules, and/or systems. The award recipient must also show significant promise as a leader in the field. An award is given annually at the PVSC (not World Conferences).
The award consists of a $1000 monetary award, complimentary conference registration, plaque, and recognition at the PVSC Opening Ceremony. In addition, the awardee will give an honorary 30-minute talk during a regular session of the conference, in conjunction with his/her respective technical area.
Rules & Eligibility
Nomination Package Requirements
Questions? Contact the Awards Chair [email protected]
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