1996-2001         Bachelor of Engineering, School of Materials and Metallurgy Science and Engineering 

                          Northeastern University, Shenyang, China

2001-2003         Master of Engineering, School of Materials and Metallurgy Science and Engineering

                          Northeastern University, Shenyang, China

2006-2010         Doctor of Philosophy, School of Photovoltaics and Renewable Energy Engineering

                          The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia


2020-2024        ARC Future Fellow
2019-                Associate Professor
2011-                Head of Kesterite Solar Cell Research Group, SPREE, UNSW
2018-                Head of New PV Materials Research Group, SPREE, UNSW
2017-2021        Inaugural UNSW Scientia Fellow (1 of 18 awarded)
2016-2018        ARC DECRA (Discovery Early Career Research Award)
2017-2018        Deputy Postgrad Coordinator, SPREE
2015-2018        Senior Lecturer, School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering (SPREE), UNSW
2011-2014        Inaugural Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) Research Fellow (1 of 4 awarded)
2009-2010        Postdoc Fellow, School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering, UNSW


2019                  Australia’s Most Innovative Engineers 2019

2018                  UNSW Research Staff Excellence Award (Faculty of Engineering)

2018                  NSW Premier’s Prizes for Science & Engineering (Energy Innovation in NSW)

2018                  Best Poster Award, the 7th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion (WCPEC-7, combining the most 3                                          prestigious world PV conferences)

2017                  Finalist (Top 3) of UNSW Women in Engineering Awards of “Professor Judy Raper Award for Leadership in Engineering”

2017                  Best presentation award at the CPTIC 2017 conference

2017                  UNSW Scientia Fellowship (Inaugural)

2015                  ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) (international award given to 200 early career researchers)

2015                  UNSW one of “20 rising stars who will change our world” 

2011                  Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) Postdoctoral Fellowship (2011-2013)

2010                  Goldstar Award, UNSW

2009                  Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering-Early Career Symposium Fellowship (ATSE-ECSF)

2008                  Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Overseas Student

2007                  Best Poster Award, 17th International Photovoltaic science and Engineering Conference, Fukuoka Japan

2006                  EIPRS PhD scholarship


  1. Lead CI, ACAP Infrastructure grant, $5.496M, 2020-2021, “Tandem Cluster”, Hao X.J., Nicholas J. Ekins-Daukes; A/Prof Ziv Hameiri; A/Prof Bram Hoex; A/Prof Anita Ho-Baillie.

  2. CI, LE200100033, ARC LIEF, $1.1M, 2017, "In situ Environmental Electron Microscope Facility”, CIs: Tilley R., Amal R., Kalantar-zadeh Z., Gooding J., Hao X.J., Liu H., Ostrikov K., Etheridge J., Messerle B., Nann T., An X., Phillips M., Tricoli A.

  3. Lead CI, FT190100756, ARC Future Fellowship, $888,000, 2020-2024, “Defect control for high-performance green kesterites energy materials”, Hao X.J.

  4. CI, RND015, ARENA project, $1.045 M, 2018-2021 “A Zero-Emission Tandem Array for Transforming Waste Biomass into Renewable Hydrogen”, CIs: Scott J., Wang D., Amal R., Hao X.J., Shen Y., Taylor R., Wu K-H., Bedford N.

  5. CI, RND011, ARENA project, $3.18M, 2018-2022,“Efficient adamantine thin film on silicon tandem  solar cells: the next step in commercial cell evolution.”, CIs: Green M. A., Hao X.J.

  6. Lead CI, RND006, ARENA project, $1.3M, 2018-2022,“Development of high-efficiency kesterite solar cells: win the PV race with sustainable low-cost, low-toxic and stable materials”, CIs: Hao X.J., Green M. A.

  7. CI, LE170100087, ARC LIEF, $1,100,000, 2017,“Plasma-focused ion beam for nanoscale characterization of materials”, CIs: Tilley R., Munroe P., Li S., Zhang L., Hao X.J., Cairney J., Liao X., Zheng R., Pereloma E., Tieu K., Saunders M., Ma Q., Bradby J., Sun B., Lohr S.

  8. Lead CI, DE160101100, ARC DECRA, $310,000, 2016-2018“, Nanostructured Copper-Zinc-Tin-Sulphide (Cu2ZnSnS4) for solar driven electricity and hydrogen production”, CI: Hao X.J.

  9. Lead CI, DP160103433, ARC Discovery Project, $270,000, 2016-2018,“A new defect-control approach for mismatched heteroepitaxy of semiconductors”, CIs: Hao X.J., Green M.A., Shen Y.S., Varlamov S.

  10. Lead CI, LP150100911, ARC Linkage Project, $290,000 (ARC) and $300,000 (industry), 2015-2018 “Kesterite solar cell coated architectural stainless steel”, CIs: Hao X.J., Green M.A., Conibeer G., Shen Y.S., Dong W.

  11. Lead CI, DP120103097, ARC Discovery Project, $330,000, 2012-2014,“High Quality Copper-zinc-tin-sulphide Absorber by One-stage Reactive Sputtering Technology: A Route to High Efficiency/low Cost Thin Film Solar Cells”, CIs: Hao X.J., Green M.A.

  12. CI, LP110201112, ARC Linkage Project, $600,000 (ARC) and $600,000 (industry), 2011-2014 “Supercharged Silicon Wafer Tandem Solar Cells Using Virtual Germanium Substrates”, CIs: Conibeer G., Hao X.J., Green M.A., Tsao C-Y., Lee S-C., Sun W-C.

  13. Lead CI, LP110200651, ARC Linkage Project, $600,000 (ARC) and $200,000 (industry),2011-2014,“Copper-zinc-tin-sulphide thin film solar cells: earth-abundant, non-toxic alternative for terawatt photovoltaics”, CIs: Hao X.J., Green M.A., Song H.

  14. Lead CI, 1-USO028, ARENA United States- Australia Solar Energy Collaboration (USASEC) project, $2,612,358, 2013-2019,“Low-cost, high-efficiency Copper-Zinc-Tin-Sulphide (CZTS) on silicon multi junction solar cells”, CIs: Hao X.J., Green M.A.

  15. CI, 1-UFA002, ASI (now ARENA) project, $1,265,000, 2012-2017,“Multi-junction c-Si Solar Cells Based on Virtual Ge Substrates”, CIs: Green M.A., Conibeer G., Hao X.J.

  16. CI, RND075, ARENA project, $2M, 2015-2018,“High-efficiency silicon/perovskite tandem cells and modules: demonstration and commercial evaluation”, CIs: Green M.A., Bach U., Blakers A., Bowden S., Catchpole K., Cheng Y-B., Egan R., Hao X.J., Ho-Baillie A., Huang S., Ishwara T., Spiccia L., Uddin A., Verlinden P., Weber K., White T.

  17. Lead CI, 1-F002, Australia Solar Institute (ASI) and now Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) Research Fellowship, $360, 000, 2011-2014,“Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) thin film solar cell: a novel alternative for TW-level thin film PV”, CI: Hao X.J.


2020                Australian Research Council (ARC) College of Experts

2020                Consultant & Advisory Panel Member for ARENA (Australian Renewable Energy Agency): providing advice to support the                                 development and selection of projects and initiatives for funding by ARENA.

2018                Organising Committee of Asia-Pacific Kesterite workshop

2018                Chair for 2018 Asia-Pacific Solar Research Conference

2018                Session Chair for WCPEC (World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion)-7

2017                Consultant & Advisory Panel Member for ARENA

2017                Stream Chair/leader for the Photovoltaic Devices for 2017 Asia-Pacific Solar Research Conference.

2017                Session Chair for the 8th European Kesterite Workshop

2017                Session Co-Chair for the 9th International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies (ICMAT 2017).

2016                Session Co-Chair for 20th International Conference on Ternary and Multinary Compounds (20th ICTMC)


  • Referee service for Nature Energy, Advanced Materials, Nature Communications, Advanced Energy Materials, Joule, JACS, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces,

  • Member of AEI (Australian Energy Institute), TMS (The Mineral, Metals and Materials Society), and ASI (Australian Solar Institute). IEEE Photonics.

  • Grant reviewing service: reviewing grants for Australian Research Council, National Research Fund Luxembourg and National Centre of Science and Technology Evaluation in Kazakhstan