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Dr. Pengfei Zhang: TeamMember



2011-2015        PhD of Photovoltaic Engineering,

                         School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering UNSW, Sydney, Australia

2005-2009        Bachelor of Engineering,   

                         School of Materials Science & Engineering, Huazhong University of Science & Technology (HUST), Wuhan, China


Apr.2018 - Research Associate at UNSW

  • Synthesis of new class of photovoltaic materials with admantine structures for high-efficiency solar cells

  • Fabrication of thin films and development of device structures suitable for the new material system

Feb.2016 - Feb.2017, Research Associate at Dartmouth College, USA

  • 3D printing of high-resolution (~10 mm) inorganic, inorganic/organic hybrid and organic monoliths with functionalized structures and moieties

  • Design and synthesis of polymer hydrogels that can be used in additive manufacturing (3D printing) to achieve functional monoliths.

  • Equipment manager for nScrypt 3D printer, TA TRIOS rheometer, and tube furnaces.

Oct.2014 - May 2015, Research Assistant and Associate at UNSW

  • Design and fabrication of quantum dots (PbS and Si) solar cell

  • Atomic layer deposition of TiO2 layer in quantum dots solar cells

  • Performance and stability tests of solar cells​

Mar.2009 - Dec.2010, Research Assistant at Suzhou Institute of Nano-tech and Nano-bionics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

  • Fabrication of nano-scale wrinkling patterns via photolithography and Au sputtering.

  • Surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP).

  • Data processing and modeling of chain block co-polymerization in quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) sensing.

  • Mechanical device fabrication for ATRP on soft substrates.

Aug.2007 - June 2008, Research Assistant in State Key Laboratory at HUST, China

  • Fabrication of ZnO electrodes and assembly of relative gas sensors


Aug.2011 - Aug.2013, Tutor at UNSW for 5 semesters:

  • SOLA 2060, Introduction to Electronic Devices, teaching semiconductor device physics, hands-on direction for undergraduates to build fundamental electrical circuits

  • SOLA 2054, Applied Photovoltaics, demonstrating operational mechanism of solar cells and introducing device models for industrial Si solar cells

  • SOLA 2051, Project in Photovoltaics and Solar Energy, organize the undergraduate students to build a functional solar cell system and design relative controlling circuits

July 2007, Teaching assistant in 2007 America-HUST English Camp, China

  • organized two classes of 30 students for English learning


2014     UNSW International Postgraduate Award
2009     Huazhong University of Science & Technology Outstanding Graduate


  1. X Liu, L Shi, J Huang, Z Liu, P Zhang , J S Yun, A M Soufiani, J Seidel, K Sun, Z Hameiri, J A Stride, Y Zhang, M. A. Green, H Lin and X Hao, Improvement of Cs‐(FAPbI3)0.85(MAPbBr3)0.15 Quality Via DMSO‐Molecule‐Control to Increase the Efficiency and Boost the Long‐Term Stability of 1 cm2 Sized Planar Perovskite Solar Cells. Sol. RRL, 2019, 3: 1800338.

  2. L Li, P Zhang (equal contribution), Z Zhang, Q Lin, Y Wu, A Cheng, Y Lin, CM Thompson, RA Smaldone, C Ke, Hierarchical coassembly enhanced direct ink writing, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., VIP, 2018, 57, 5105-5109.

  3. Y Liao, P Zhang, S Bremner, S Shrestha, S Huang, G Conibeer, Resonant Tunneling through Monolayer Si Colloidal Quantum Dots and Ge Nanocrystals, Adv. Funct. Mater., 2017, 27, 21, 1605348.

  4. W Cao, L Yuan, R Patterson, X Wen, P C Tapping, T Kee, BP Veetil, P Zhang, Z Zhang, Q Zhang, P Reece, S Bremner, S Shrestha, G Conibeer, S Huang, Difference in hot carrier cooling rate between Langmuir–Blodgett and drop cast PbS QD films due to strong electron–phonon coupling, nanoscale, 2017, 9, 43, 17133-17142.

  5. P Zhang*, Y Feng, X Wen, W Cao, R Anthony, U Kortshagen, G Conibeer and S Huang, Generation of hot carrier population in colloidal silicon quantum dots for high-efficiency photovoltaics, Sol. Energ. Mat. Sol. Cell, 145, Part 3, 2016, 391-396.

  6. W Cao, L Yuan, R Patterson, X Wen, PC Tapping, T Kee, BP Veetil, Q Zhang, P Zhang, S shrestha, G Conibeer, S Huang, Quantification of hot carrier thermalization in PbS colloidal quantum dots by power and temperature dependent photoluminescence spectroscopy, RSC Adv., 2016, 6, 93, 90846-90855.

  7. P Zhang*, Y Feng, R Anthony, U Kortshagen, G Conibeer, and S Huang, Size- dependent evolution of phonon confinement in colloidal Si nanoparticles. J. Raman Spectrosc. 2015, 46, 1110-1116.

  8. X Wen, P Zhang, TA Smith, RJ Anthony, UR Kortshagen, P Yu, Y Feng, S Shrestha, G Conibeer, M Green and S Huang, Tunability Limit of Photoluminescence in Colloidal Silicon Nanocrystals. Scientific. Reports 2015, 5, 12469.

  9. X Jia, P Zhang*, Z Lin, R Anthony, U Kortshagen, S Huang, BP Veettil, G Conibeer and IP Wurfl, Accurate determination of the size distribution of Si nanocrystals from PL spectra. RSC Adv. 2015, 5, 55119-55125.

  10. S Lin, Y Feng, X Wen, P Zhang, S Woo, S Shrestha, G Conibeer and S Huang, Theoretical and Experimental Investigation of the Electronic Structure and Quantum Confinement of Wet-Chemistry Synthesized Ag2S Nanoparticles. J. Phys. Chem. C 2015, 119 (1), 867–872.

  11. G Conibeer, S Shrestha, S Huang, R Patterson, H Xia, Y Feng, P Zhang, N Gupta, M Tayebjee, T Smyth, Y Liao, S Lin, P Wang, X Dai and S Chung, Hot carrier solar cell absorber prerequisites and candidate material systems. Sol. Energ. Mat. Sol. Cells 2015, 135, 124-129.

  12. H Xia, R Patterson, Y Feng, T Smyth, Y Liao, P Zhang, X Dai, N Gupta, X Wen, S Chung, X Jia, L Wu, Z Lin, BP Veettil, S Huang, S Shrestha and G Conibeer, Numerical calculation of optical phonon decay rate in InN/GaN MQW, IOP Conf. Ser.: Mater. Sci. Eng. 2014, 68 012009.

  13. Y Feng, S Lin, X Wen, P Zhang, S Huang, S Shrestha, M Green and G Conibeer, Heterogeneous nano-particle array for the realization of the hot carrier solar cell. Proc. SPIE 8923, Micro/Nano Materials, Devices, and Systems, 2013, 89231J.

  14. P Zhang*, S Huang, G Conibeer, Fabrication of two-dimensional close-packed arrays of colloidal silicon nanoparticles via Langmuir-Blodgett Deposition. C Optoelectr Micro 2012, 181-182.

  15. Z Li, S Zhang, P Zhang, D Yang, G Jin and H Ma, Surface initiated polymerization from integrated poly(dimethylsiloxane) enables crack-free large area wrinkle formation. Polym. Advan. Technol. 2012, 23, 1240-1245.

  16. Y Zhu, B Lv, P Zhang, H Ma, Swelling induced Au-S bond breakage is determined by the molecular composition of surface tethered copolymers-carboxylated poly (OEGMA-r-HEMA). Chem. Commun. 2011, 47, 9855-9857.

  17. P Zhang, D Yang, Z Li, H Ma, Controlled wrinkle formation via bubble inflation strain engineering. Soft Matter 2010, 6, 4580-4584.

Dr. Pengfei Zhang: Projects
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