Welcome to my personal page!

My name is Thien Truong, from Binh Dinh, Vietnam.

I am a researcher in photovoltaics, currently at The Australian National University, Australia.

About me:

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 is also serving as a Student Activities Coordinator (2022 and 2023 Terms) for the IEEE ACT Section, Student Activities Chair for 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:

  • 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".

Media releases:



  • 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 been selected as finalists for the student award at this conference.

DOI: 10.1002/pip.3411

  • 08/2020: Me and the teaching team of the course ENGN4524/ENGN6524: Photovoltaic Technologies (Semester 1, 2020) received Dean's tutor awards for excellence in remote teaching.

  • 03/2020: My publication on the hydrogenation mechanism in poly-Si passivating contacts was selected as the frontispiece of Wiley's Solar RRL.

  • 10/2018: Lab of the Month, Linkam Scientific, UK - link