Welcome to my personal page!
My name is Thien Truong, from Binh Dinh, Vietnam.
I am a researcher in solar photovoltaics, currently at The Australian National University, Australia.
I have been working in solar energy research since 2018. My main research interests are in the applications of advanced characterization techniques and the fabrication of solar cells based on novel passivating contact technology for silicon photovoltaics, 2D materials, perovskite, tandem, and IBC solar cells.
A short bio about myself:
Dr Thien Truong is currently a research fellow at the School of Engineering. Thien also serves as an Education/Student Activities Chair for the 2023 IEEE ACT Section ExCom, the 2023 IEEE Region 10 Symposium (TENSYMP), and Academic Representative for the 2022 CECS WHS Committee.
Thien received his Degree of Engineer in Machinery Manufacturing Technology from Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology and Education, Vietnam, in 2015, a Master of Science degree in Intelligent Micro Nano Systems from Konkuk University, South Korea, in 2018, and a PhD in Engineering (photovoltaics) from ANU in 2022.
News and Media releases:
12/2023 I have accepted an offer with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Colorado, USA, to work as a postdoctoral researcher on metallization for Si solar cells with Dr David Young's group. I will commence the position in January 2024. It has been a great experience in Australia and at ANU for nearly 6 years for both me and my family. Looking forward to new challenges!
11/2023 I had a very fruitful trip to China, visiting Jinko Solar in Haining, attending the 34th PVSEC in Shenzhen, participating in the 2023 Workshop on Advanced Materials and Solar Cell Technology at Shenzhen Technology University (SZTU), and finally, attending the International ACAP Committee meeting as an observer. This marks the last time I represent ANU as a research fellow.
Visit to Jinko Solar. From left: Dr Menglei Xu, Dr Pheng Phang, myself, Ms Jiali Wang, and Dr Xinyu Zhang.
Lunch with ACAP Committee. (from left) Dr Richard Corkish ACAP, myself ANU, Dr Pierre Verlinden YIST, Dr Feng Trina Solar, Prof Martin Green UNSW, Prof Dawei Di Zhejiang University, Dr Li Wang UNSW.
Myself at the PVSEC conference. Top photo: discussion with Dr Radovan Kopecek from ISC Konstanz.
SZTU Workshop with Dr Pierre Verlinden (YIST) and Dr Jack Feng (Vice President of Trina Solar)
07/2023 The Next-Generation Silicon (Si) and Tandem Hetero-Contact (NGSTH) Laboratory at ANU, established as part of the ARENA-funded ACAP Infrastructure, was officially completed and commissioned. Notably, the cluster of tools combines the capabilities of ALD, PECVD, evaporation, and sputtering tools in a virtual cluster connected via inert-atmosphere control. This creates a sandbox environment that allows the stacking of different materials prepared by various methods. Such integration enables the formation of thin-film stacks without exposure to atmospheric conditions, facilitating the creation of more complex films and efficient photovoltaic devices.
I was responsible for the Angstrom Engineering Inc. Nexdep Sputtering and Evaporation Cluster, overseeing commissioning, initial training, preparing risk assessments, safe work procedures, and all other logistics.
Pictured from left: Dr Lachlan Black, Mr James Cotsell, Dr Thien Truong, Mr Stephane Armand, Mr Michael Jambor, and Dr Kean Chern Fong.
Link on ACAP's annoucement:
05/2023 I applied and was successfully granted USD 600 from IEEE Region 10 Educational Activities Project Development Grant for a project titled: "Promoting solar energy education in ACT during ACT Children’s Week 2023".
01/2023 I joined Prof Daniel Macdonald's team to work on our recently granted project with ARENA on developing "Next Generation Silicon Solar Cells Above 26% Efficiency in Mass Production". I will lead the research activities on localising poly-Si films on the front side of the cells and diluting poly-Si for reducing front absorption.
11/2022 I am now an Associate Fellow of the HEA (AFHEA, AdvanceHE) after completing my application through the ANU Educational Fellowship Scheme. This attainment reflects my commitment to teaching and learning as an academic in accordance with the UK Professional Standards Framework (UK PSF) in higher education.
10/2022 I finished working on the two ARENA projects led by Prof Daniel Macdonald and moved to another project led by Dr Kean Fong in the same group working on tandem perovskite/ Si solar cells and IBC cells with poly-Si passivating contacts.
8/2022 I was promoted to Research Fellow (Level B) by the Dean of College of Engineering and Computer Science, ANU, effective from 1/1/2023.
7/2022 I was officially awarded the PhD in Engineering degree from ANU.
6/2022 I presented my work on GaB doping at the 2022 IEEE PVSC Conference in Philadelphia, US. I was featured in the final keynotes presentation by the conference chair.
12/2021: My new publication: Investigation of gallium‐boron spin‐on co‐doping for poly‐Si/SiOx passivating contacts was chosen for an inside back cover design and be published in the journal Solar RRL
Main paper DOI: 10.1002/solr.202100653
Cover DOI: 10.1002/solr.202170125
07/2021: I submitted my PhD thesis and started a new postdoctoral fellow position (level A) at ANU in the same group. I will be working on two ARENA projects:
1 - Advanced Silicon solar cells by DESIJN: a novel technology based on deposited silicon junctions, led by Prof Daniel Macdonald.
2 - Physical vapour deposited passivating contacts for high efficiency silicon solar cells, led by Dr Josua Stuckelberger.
04/2021: I received the competitive DAAD Short-Term Research Grant for a collaboration project with Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE.
02/2021: My manuscript to Progress in Photovoltaics was accepted. This manuscript was chosen as the best abstract (out of over 1000) in the 2020 EUPVSEC conference. I was also selected as finalists for the student award at this conference.