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PVSC Young Professional Award


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.


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).

Award Package

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

  • Nominee must be a young scientist or engineer who has made significant contributions to photovoltaic energy conversion, including work on PV materials, devices, modules, and/or systems.
  • Nominee must have received their first post-secondary degree (Bachelor’s level) within the past 15 years, relative to the nomination deadline.
  • Nominees are not required to be members of IEEE or EDS.
  • Nominees from any country and institution are eligible.
  • Nominees are expected to have prior contributions to the PVSC.
  • Previous recipients of the Young Professional Award are not eligible.
  • Self-nominations will not be accepted.
  • Nominations will not automatically roll over to subsequent years, but nominators are allowed to resubmit nominations, provided the nominee is still eligible. Supplements to the original nomination are allowed, and should reflect the nominee’s latest work.
  • Members of the awards subcommittee in charge of selection are eligible to be nominated, but would recuse themselves of subcommittee duties if they are nominated.
  • The award must be received by the winner in person at the PVSC; no award will be made in absentia, except under extraordinary circumstances, as determined by the conference chair.

Nomination Package Requirements

  • Completed and Signed Nomination Summary Form (2 pages)
  • Nominator Statement (2 page limit) supporting the nominee’s suitability for the award with respect to:
    • innovative and creative nature of the nominee’s work
    • significance of the nominee’s work with respect to the broader PV community
    • previous contributions to the PVSC
    • potential shown as a future leader in the PV community
  • Nominee Curriculum vitae (2 page limit)
  • List of nominee’s key publications and patents (1 page limit)
  • Up to 3 letters of endorsement from individuals familiar with the nominee’s qualifications and area of research. Each letter may be up to 1 page long and should make reference to specific qualifications that make the nominee best-suited for the award. Each letter should be on letterhead and include the signature of the endorser.
  • Entire nomination package should be assembled as a single PDF document (10 pages, maximum) in the following order:
    • Nomination Summary Form (2 pages)
    • Nominator Statement (2 page limit)
    • Curriculum Vitae (2 page limit)
    • List of nominee’s key publications, patents, and/or other technical literature (1 page limit)
    • Letters of support (up to 3, each letter 1 page limit)


Please submit the nomination packet by February 10, 2016 via email to [email protected].


Questions? Contact the Awards Chair [email protected]

Previous Recipients

Henry Snaith, 2015

Oliver Schultz-Wittman, 2014


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