2010 - 2014          Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of New South Wales, Australia                    
2006 - 2010          B.Eng., Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern Polytechnical University, China


Jul.2017 – Present            Research Associate, School of Photovoltaic & Renewable Energy Engineering, UNSW, Australia

  • CZTS solar cells on glass and flexible substrates project

  • CIGS solar cells on steel substrate prepared by single quaternary target

  • CIGS powered building steels 

May 2015 - Dec.2016        Senior Engineer, Hanergy Thin Film Power Group Limited, Chengdu, China

  • New Characterization Methods for Si Thin Film Production Line Escalation  ​

  • New Characterization Methods for CIGS Film/Cell/Module Analysis 

  • CIGS Thin Film Production Line Escalation 

  • CIGS Failure Analysis Laboratory

Jan.2015 - May 2015         Project leader, Hebei Collaborative Innovation Center of Photovoltaic Technology, ChinaSetup 

  • Spray-layer deposition of perovskite thin films 


2010 - 2014          China Scholarship Council                                                         
2010 - 2014          UNSW Tuition Fee Scholarship                                               
2011                     Win in Suzhou Startup Oceania Competition


  1. Xin Cui, Kaiwen Sun, Jialiang Huang, Jae S. Yun, Chang-Yeh Lee, Chang Yan, Heng Sun, Yuanfang Zhang, Chaowei Xue, Katja Eder, Limei Yang, Julie M. Cairney, Jan Seidel, N. J. Ekins-Daukes, Martin Green, Bram Hoexa, Xiaojing Hao, Cd-free Cu2ZnSnS4 solar cell with an efficiency greater than 10 % enabled by Al2O3 passivation layers, Energy Environ. Sci., 2019, DOI: 10.1039/c9ee01726g.

  2. Kaiwen Sun, Fangyang Liu, Jialiang Huang, Chang Yan, Ning Song, Heng Sun, Chaowei Xue, Yuanfang Zhang, Aobo Pu, Yansong Shen, John A. Stide, Martin Green and Xiaojing Hao, Flexible kesterite Cu2ZnSnS4 solar cells with sodium-doped molybdenum back contacts on stainless steel substrates, Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, DOI: 10.1016/j.solmat.2018.02.036,

  3. Chaowei Xue, Huu-Ha Loi, Anh Duong, Magdalena Parker, Metal‐assisted chemical etching of CIGS thin films for grain size analysis, Physica Status Solidi (RRL), DOI:

  4. Wei Li, Sergey Varlamov, Chaowei Xue, Epitaxially grown polycrystalline silicon thin-film solar cells on solid-phase crystallized seed layers, Applied Surface Science,DOI: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2014.06.161 

  5. Chaowei Xue, Jialiang Huang, Jing Rao, Sergey Varlamov, Fabrication of an ant-nest nanostructure in polycrystalline silicon thin films for solar cells, Scripta Materialia, DOI: 10.1016/j.scriptamat.2014.08.006

  6. Development of n-type polycrystalline silicon thin film solar cells on glass, Chaowei Xue, UNSW Ph.D thesis

  7. Wei Li, Sergey Varlamov, Chaowei Xue, The effect of rapid thermal annealed seed layer on the epitaxial poly-Si thin film solar cell׳s structure quality and performance, Materials Letters, DOI: 10.1016/j.matlet.2014.06.155

  8. Chaowei Xue, Jing Rao, Sergey Varlamov, A novel silicon nanostructure with effective light trapping for polycrystalline silicon thin film solar cells by means of metal‐assisted wet chemical etching, Physica Status Solidi (a), DOI: 10.1002/pssa.201330204 ​


  1. Chaowei Xue, Wanlei Dai, Jialiang Huang, Wei Yu, and Xiaojing Hao, 16% CIGS solar cells sputtered form a single target without additional selenization, 10th International Workshop on CIGS Solar Cell Technology, Paris, France

  2. Chaowei Xue, Chang Yan, Kaiwen Sun, Heng Sun, Yansong Shen, Haigang Xu, Haifeng Yu, Martin Green and Xiaojing Hao, Aiming for a “Flexible PV+” Future: Development of Kesterite Solar Cells on Flexible Stainless Steel Substrate in UNSW, Proceedings of the 2018 Asia-Pacific Solar Research Conference, Sydney, Australia

  3. Chaowei Xue, Fangyang Liu, Yansong Shen, Haigang Xu, Haifeng Yu, Marting Green and Xiaojing Hao, Shunting paths in flexible kesterite CZTS solar cells caused by stainless steel surface defects, The 6th Baosteel-Australia Joint Research and Development Centre (BAJC) Conference, Wollongong, Australia

  4. Kaiwen Sun, Xin Cui, Fangyang Liu, Chang Yan, Chaowei Xue, Yansong Shen, Martin Green and Xiaojing Hao, High Efficiency kesterite CZTS solar cells with buffer layer alternative to CdS, The 6th Baosteel-Australia Joint Research and Development Centre (BAJC) Conference, Wollongong, Australia

  5. Jing Rao, Sergey Varlamov, Chaowei Xue, Comprehensive optimization of spacer layer and dielectric coating for plasmonic solar cell, DOI: 10.1109/PVSC.2013.6744225, IEEE 39th Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC), Tampa, USA

  6. Chaowei Xue, Kyung Kim, Sergey Varlamov, Effect of absorber doping and post-deposition treatments on the performance of n-type poly-Si thin film solar cells on glass, DOI: 10.1109/PVSC.2013.6744401, IEEE 39th Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC), Tampa, USA

  7. Chaowei Xue, Jialiang Huang and Sergey Varlamov, Influence of emitter doping and thickness on the performance of n-type evaporated poly-Si solar cells on glass, Proceedings of the 50th annual conference, Australian Solar Energy Society, Melbourne, Australia

  8. Hongtao Cui, Chaowei Xue, Wei Li, Oliver Kunz, Patrick Campbell and Martin Green, A novel glass thinning and texturing method for Si thin-film solar cells application, Proceedings of the 22nd international photovoltaic science and engineering conference, Hangzhou, China ​


2017      A supporting device for flexible solar cell performance testing, National Intellectual Property Administration (China)

              Zhongqian Jiang, Xianyi Huang, Honggang Liu, Chongyan Lian, Chaowei Xue, Pengchen Hu, Wei Long