Dr Dorota Bacal
The future must be sustainable
By Ms Nancy Van Nieuwenhove | 18th January 2021
PhD graduate, Chemical Engineering, Monash University
Research interests: renewable energy, photovoltaics, energy efficiency, sustainability, climate change
Dorota graduated her PhD at Monash University in March 2020. She was working within the Monash Energy Institute under the supervision of Professor Udo Bach. Her research was financially supported by CSIRO, ACAP and ARENA.
Dorota has extensive research experience in photovoltaics. During her bachelor’s degree, she worked on improving light management in silicon solar panels, cooperating with Poland’s leading solar company ML System. She wrote her master’s thesis on novel deposition methods of thin-film CdS/CdTe solar devices, working in the Protective Coatings Laboratory, at the University of Rzeszow (Poland).
Dorota’s PhD research was focussed on novel back-contact perovskite photovoltaic devices. She was working in the Advanced Photovoltaics Laboratory at Monash University, CSIRO's Flexible Electronics Laboratory, and the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication. She was performing in-situ measurements of the perovskite solar cells, aiming to boost their efficiency and the durability of the material. She has also developed a procedure for fabricating flexible back-contact perovskite solar cells and worked on antireflective coatings for these devices. Her scientific achievements can be found in the following literature:
- Solution-processed antireflective coating for back-contact perovskite solar cells, D.M. Bacal, et al., Optics Express 28 (9), 12650-12660
- Fabrication of back-contact electrodes using modified natural lithography, A.N. Jumabekov, J.A. Lloyd, D.M. Bacal, U. Bach, A.S.R. Chesman, ACS Applied Energy Materials 1 (3), 1077-1082
- Back-contact perovskite solar cells with honeycomb-like charge collecting electrodes, Q. Hou, D. Bacal, A.N. Jumabekov, W. Li, Z. Wang, X. Lin, S.H. Ng, B. Tan, A.S.R. Chesman, U. Bach, Nano energy 50, 710-716
Dorota is passionate about sustainability, decarbonisation, and energy efficiency solutions. She is actively engaged in the public debate on emissions accounting and reduction. In May 2020, she obtained a postgraduate certificate from the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. She has also represented Monash University at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP24 event in Poland in 2018. Her presence at the COP24 reinforced her belief that rapid technological progress in the field of renewable energy is required to meet global electricity demand, while staying carbon neutral; and that the solar technology will play a crucial part in the transition “Solar energy can be found everywhere, with no need for rivers or a constant wind to provide power. Solar panels are easy to up- and down- scale. You can set them up on a roof, field or on a boat, without a huge upfront investment. This makes it extremely attractive for remote areas with no electricity grid.”
More than anything, Dorota loves learning about new technologies and talking to other passionate people. She can be contacted via LinkedIn.