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Professor Jacek Jasieniak


Materials and devices Solar cells Advanced coatings

Professor Jacek Jasieniak is the Director of the Monash Energy Institute. His research interests include the development of nanoscale materials and their application to various next generation energy technololgies that enable lower cost and great supply of renewable energy across the world.

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Dr Alexandr Simonov


Fuels

Dr Alexandr Simonov’s group undertakes research in renewable fuels with main focus on the design and understanding mechanisms of operation of high-performing electrocatalytic and photovoltaic materials. They specialise in the design and understanding the mechanisms of operation of novel electromaterials, in the first place for photovoltaic and electrocatalytic applications. One of key features of his research is the development of the in situ and operando methods for the characterisation of electromaterials in action.

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Professor Alan Chaffee


Energy resources CO2 capture, storage and use Hydrogen and alternate fuels

Professor Alan Chaffee's research embraces investigating ways of more efficient uses of coal and how carbon dioxide emissions can be best controlled. He is also investigating developing renewable fuels to replace coal and the concern about environmental consequences of using coal. Victoria has an abundance of brown coal and with the support of a Research Leader Fellowship from Brown Coal Innovation Australia, Alan is seeking new uses for this 'massive resource' and improved ways of dealing with it. This includes obtaining chemicals from coal, and finding methods of extracting the moisture that don't themselves use high levels of energy.

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Associate Professor Akshat Tanksale


Fuels

Associate Professor Akshat Tanksale leads the Catalysis for Green Chemicals group where his interest is in the field of heterogeneous catalysis for conversion of biomass to fuels and chemicals using nanomaterials. He believes that innovating new processes and designing novel heterogeneous catalysts at the nanoscale is the key for developing low carbon emission alternative fuels and chemicals. A/Prof. Tanksale is working in the field of nanomaterials to reduce human resilience on conventional fossil fuels, like petroleum, which are diminishing in amount and are also responsible for climate change through carbon dioxide pollution. He is the Chair of the Joint Victorian Chemical Engineers Committee under the common umbrella of IChemE and Engineers Australia.

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Professor Abdelmalek Bouazza 


Energy resources

Professor Abdelmalek Bouazza has an international reputation for research in Geosynthetics and Environmental Geotechnics. His research has been recognised by a number of awards including, recently, the 2018 International Geosynthetics Society Award. Professor Bouazza is very prominent in technical and professional society activities and serves on a number of international technical committees. Currently, he is the Chair of the International Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) Technical Committee TC 215 on Environmental Geotechnics and the Secretary of ISSMGE TC308 on Energy Geotechnics.

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Professor Udo Bach


Materials and devices Solar cells

Professor Udo Bach is the Deputy Director of ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science and an ANFF-VIC Technology Fellow at the Melbourne Centre of Nanofabrication. He received his PhD from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL, Switzerland) and worked in a technology start-up company in Dublin, Ireland. Prof Bach has a strong background in the area of photovoltaics and nanofabrication. He is involved in fundamental and applied research in the area of perovskite and dye-sensitized solar cells. He has additional research activities in the area of nanofabrication, DNA-directed self-assembly, nanoprinting, plasmonics for sensing and combinatorial photovoltaic materials discovery.

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Dr Roger Dargaville


Markets Policy

Dr Roger Dargaville is an expert in energy systems and climate change. Roger specialises in large-scale energy system transition optimisation, and novel energy storage technologies such as seawater pumped hydro and liquid air energy storage. He has conducted research in global carbon cycle science, simulating the emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuel and exchanges between the atmosphere, land and oceans as well as stratospheric ozone depletion.

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Prof Mainak Majumder


Materials and devices Batteries Supercapacitors

Professor Mainak Majumder applies fundamentals of materials science, notably Carbon, to emerging and multidisciplinary areas of separation engineering & energy storage and in doing so, creates scientific & business opportunities. He has developed an international reputation for inventing innovative fabrication & processing methods, grounded on strong fundamentals, with impact in a wide gamut of engineering applications for e.g. membrane-based separations, supercapacitors, batteries, strain sensors, micro-/nano-fluidics and anti-corrosion coatings. He is a nationally recognized leader in industry engagement & translational research on graphene. His track record & standing in this topical area is such that he has continually received ARC funding.

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Associate Professor Asadul Islam


Markets Policy

Associate Professor Asadul Islamam is a Development Economist. His recent research focuses on education, social networks, microfinance, petty corruption, and risk-sharing mechanisms of households. He also works on economics of international migration, and is particularly interested in issues that can generate public policy interest. Islamam is involved in extensive field works including running experiments and conducting randomized controlled trials. His research has been funded by UK ESRC, ARC, AusAID (DFAT) and IGC.

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Dr Asadul Haque


Energy resources

Dr Haque has been conducting research in two major areas: critical infrastructure and carbon-sequestration. His work on biochar carbon sequestration in soils and protecting infrastructure in acid sulphate soils (ASS) are of significant contributions. He is the recipient of many industry and national competitive grants and has published more than 85 papers. Dr Haque worked as the Director of Teaching of Civil Engineering (2014-2015) and provided leadership to develop quality learning & teaching practices through development of new policies and procedures. He is the program leader of the off-campus master of infrastructure engineering & management program at Monash University.

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Dr Arnaud Prouzeau


Smart Energy Systems AI and optimisation Data science and ML

Dr Arnaud Prouzeau is a postdoc researcher in Human-Computer Interaction and Visualization at Monash. He is a member of the Immersive Analytics team which investigates how immersive technologies can be used to support analytical reasoning and decision making. His post doctorate focus is on building management domain and exploring how immersive platforms (Virtual and Augmented Reality) can be beneficial in this context. Arnaud also explores how Building Information Modelling can be adapted for such platforms and used to improve energy efficiency of buildings.

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Associate Professor Ariel Liebman


Smart Energy Systems

Associate Professor Ariel Liebman leads Monash's Digital Energy initiatives, and co-leads the Grid Innovation Hub. He has published on various aspects of the electricity industry including impacts of emission trading, real-options investment, and wholesale price forecasting. Ariel is an energy markets specialist with more than 15 years’ experience across all aspects of the electricity supply chain incorporating modelling of deregulated power markets and generation investment planning, network regulation analysis, and commercial retail portfolio energy trading and risk management (ETRM).

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Dr Anke Leroux


Markets Policy

Dr Anke Leroux obtained her PhD from the University of Cambridge, U.K., where she was a Gates Scholar. She is an environmental and natural resource economist and is particularly interested in problems of optimal natural resource use and conservation under conditions of risk, uncertainty and irreversibility. She has applied her research on climate change adaptation to inform policy in the areas of optimal land use, biodiversity conservation, invasive species, salt marsh conservation and water management.

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Associate Professor Andrew Hoadley


Energy resources

Associate Professor Andrew Hoadley is passionate about designing processing plants for better environmental performance. He is particularly interested in assisting with the reduction in carbon footprint of chemical and energy systems. He is also an active researcher in the fields of dewatering, steam drying, and waste water treatment and related to these areas, he is interested in the upgrading of waste materials, industrial ecology and sustainability. He is the author or co-author of around 100 peer-reviewed publications.

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Professor Andreas Ernst


Markets Policy

Professor Andreas Ernst has over 20 years experience in the development of optimisation and simulation models to assist businesses with strategic and operational decision making. He is the director of MAXIMA, the Monash Academy for Cross and Interdisciplinary Mathematical Applications. His research interests focus on scheduling and optimisation for large scale industrial applications, including high performance combinatorial optimisation algorithms, parallel matheuristics and network optimisation. He has a record of applying these methods in practice in a variety of areas including the mining industry, transport & logistics and energy.

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Professor Amrik Sohal


Markets Policy

Professor Amrik Sohal is the Director of the Australian Supply Chain Management Research Unit. He has received research grants from the State and Federal Governments, the Australian Research Council and Monash University. In 2001, Professor Sohal received the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Postgraduate Supervision and in 2004 he received an award for research excellence from the International Association for Management of Technology.

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Dr Adel Toosi


Smart Energy Systems

Dr. Adel Nadjaran Toosi has joined Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University in May 2018. Adel has made significant contributions to the areas of resource management and software systems for cloud computing. His research interests include Distributed Systems, Cloud Computing, Software-Defined Networking (SDN), Green Computing, and Soft Computing. He is currently working on resource management for Software-Defined Networking (SDN)-enabled cloud computing environments

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Dr Chao Chen


Smart Energy Systems Transport

Dr Chao Chen’s 15 years' experience in the energy industry provides him with a deep understanding of the industry's strategic, commercial and regulatory drivers which are essential in assessing the immediate and long term growth opportunities for network businesses. In his previous role, he led a range of strategic transformational initiatives including implementing a company-wide enterprise planning system, process improvements and acquisitions - the most notable being the Mortlake Terminal Station. Before moving into the energy industry, he started his career as an accountant with Arthur Anderson and Motorola Australia & New Zealand.

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Associate Professor Carsten Rudolph


Smart Energy Systems

"Associate Professor Carsten Rudolph is an expert in the cyber security issues that accompany peer-to-peer trading schemes like those being considered for “smart grid” - based future energy delivery systems. He is also Director of the Oceania Cyber Security Centre, a collaboration of eight Victorian Universities with the broad aim of engaging with industry to develop research and training opportunities for dealing with cyber security issues. Formerly, he was head of the research department Trust and Compliance at the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology SIT, Drmstadt, Germany. "

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Dr Behrooz Bahrani


Smart Energy Systems

Dr Behrooz Bahrani's research interests include control of power electronics systems, applications of power electronics in power and traction systems, and grid integration of renewable energy resources. He is a Co-Director of the Grid Innovation Hub. He received the Swiss National Science Foundation Early Postdoc Mobility Fellowship in 2013, and the Swiss National Science Foundation Advanced Postdoc Mobility Fellowship in 2014. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at several institutions including EPFL, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA, and Technical University of Munich, Munich, Germany.

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Dr Barrett Ens


Smart Energy Systems Cognitive Buildings

Dr Barrett Ens is currently a member of the Immersive Analytics research group. His research interests include novel input methods for augmented reality, immersive analytics, and situated data visualisation. During his PhD work at the University of Manitoba, he completed two research internships with the User Interface Research Group at Autodesk Research. He later worked as an NSERC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at UniSA's Empathic Computing Lab.

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Associate Professor Athanasios Pantelous


Markets Policy Decision making AI and optimisation

Associate Professor Athanasios (Thanasi) Pantelous is a research director in the areas of Actuarial Science and Quantitative Finance. Dr Pantelous’ primary research interests focus on the general area of quantitative research and mathematical modelling under risk and uncertainty with an emphasis on finance, actuarial science, stochastic mechanics and operational research. His theoretical mathematical developments have often found diverse applications in finance, insurance and engineering.

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Professor Diego Ramirez-lovering


prosumers

Professor Diego Ramirez-lovering is an award winning architectural practitioner and researcher and the co-founder of the Monash Urban Laboratory. He has been commissioned to design a range of projects including affordable housing, commercial projects and public art projects and has completed a number of urban resilience projects with State and Local Government groups and industry. His research examines the contributory role that architecture and urbanism can play in addressing the significant challenges facing contemporary urban environments; climate change, resource limitations and rapid population growth with a key focus on the Global South.

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Dr Diane Kraal


Markets Policy Policy Regulation

Dr Diane Kraal focuses on empirical approaches to taxation law with the object of considering social, economic or historical impacts of the law and uses both qualitative and quantitative research approaches. Her major research areas are in natural resources taxation, such as resource rent taxes and royalties; taxation policy and reform; superannuation, Goods and Services Tax, Fringe Benefits Tax and the history of tax law. She has held roles in the minerals resource sector with Conzinc Rio Tinto of Australia (CRA) Ltd as a management and financial accountant.

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Dr David Holmes


Markets Policy

Dr David Holmes is the Founder and Director of the Climate Change Communication Research Hub. He is co-editor of the forthcoming Edward Elgar Handbook in Communicating Climate Change. David conducts extensive field research into audience views of climate change beliefs, literacy and behaviour response. In Marrakech 2016 he was co-Head of Monash’s UNFCCC Delegation to COP22 and an accredited journalist reporting on the Paris Climate Summit (COP21) for The Conversation in 2015. David was columnist for The Conversation communicating the relationship between political climates, media power and climate change.

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Professor David Green


Smart Energy Systems

Professor David Green is one of Australia’s leading experts on complexity theory. His proof of universality showed that networks underlie the structure and behaviour of all complex systems. Recently, his theory of dual phase evolution explains how order emerges in many natural and artificial systems. His research on complexity and evolutionary computing has provided new insights in many diverse fields. He is the author of 9 books, including Of Ants and Men (2014), Dual-Phase Evolution (2014), and Complexity in Landscape Ecology (2006). He is also written more than 200 research articles on complexity theory, evolutionary computing, and multi-agent systems.

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Associate Professor David Dowe


Smart Energy Systems

Associate Professor David Dowe works primarily in Minimum Message Length (MML) - a unifying tool in machine learning (computer science, artificial intelligence), statistics, econometrics, inductive inference (philosophy of science), data mining and data science.

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Dr Darren Sharp


prosumers Transition Consumer interaction

Dr Darren Sharp is the Research Coordinator for the Net Zero Precincts program and Chief Investigator for the Water-Energy-Food Nexus project. Darren’s research interests are in urban transitions, living labs, grassroots innovation and community empowerment.

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Professor Daniel Prajogo


prosumers Data sharing Consumer interaction

Professor Daniel Prajogo research interest areas are mainly focused on quality, operations, supply chain, and innovation management. He has over 100 publications, including journal articles, conference papers, edited research books, book chapters, and industry reports. He was listed as one of the top 25 SCM scholars in Asia by a research paper published in International Journal of Production Economics. In his research, he has built collaborations with international academics, and industry associations in Australia which have funded the research projects, including Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ) and Institute for Safety, Compensation, and Recovery Research (ISCRR).

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Dr Daniel Edgington-Mitchell


Fuels

Dr Daniel Edgington-Mitchell works as a researcher in the Laboratory for Turbulence Research in Aerospace and Combustion. He received his undergraduate degrees in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Monash University in 2005. During his PhD, he undertook graduate research in the High Temperature Gas Dynamics Laboratory at Stanford University under the auspices of a Fulbright Fellowship from 2008-2009. He was awarded his PhD from Monash University in 2013.

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Dr Christopher Rudiger


prosumers

Dr Christopher Rudiger’s research focuses on the use of remotely sensed data in environmental hazard and risk applications, as well as agriculture. He is particularly interested in the use of land surface parameters and their interactions for the prediction of extreme events, such as a droughts and wildfires. At Monash, he is coordinating the "Sensors Technologies" research group that is currently developing low-cost microsensor networks for environmental monitoring, looking into applications such as human thermal wellbeing and bushfire risk monitoring.

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Dr Christoph Bergmeir


Smart Energy Systems

Dr Christoph Bergmeir is currently working in Applied Machine Learning. He received a M.Sc. degree in Computer Science from the University of Ulm, Germany, in 2008, and a PhD degree from the University of Granada, Spain, in 2013.

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Associate Professor Kei Saito


Materials and devices Membranes Hydrogen and alternate fuels

Associate Professor Kei Saitoi's research areas of interests include developing new synthesis and production methods for novel sustainable/environment benign materials and alternative energy materials based on the principles of Green Chemistry. Green chemistry is an academic field in chemistry that is concerned with the design of safe processes and products, and when used in material production, the new material should not only be more environmentally benign but also perform as well and be more economical than alternative materials.

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Associate Professor Joseph Liu


Smart Energy Systems Power Sensor networks

Associate Professor Joseph Kai Sui Liu's current technical focus is cyber security in the cloud computing paradigm, smart city, lightweight security, and privacy enhanced technology. He has published more than 80 refereed journal articles and conference papers and received the Best Paper Award from ESORICS 2014. He is the co-founder of ProvSec (International Conference on Provable Security). He has served as the program chair of ProvSec 2007, 2014, and on the program committee of more than 35 international conferences.

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Professor Chris McNeill


Materials and devices

Professor Chris McNeill's interests include organic electronic devices such as polymer solar cells and organic field-effect transistors, as well as structural characterisation of organic semiconductor films using synchrotron-based techniques. He has been awarded a number of high-profile fellowships including an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship to support his work in Cambridge, an ARC Future Fellowship and a veski innovation fellowship to enable him to establish his research activities in Australia.

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Dr Julie Karel


Materials and devices Low-energy electronics

Dr Julie Karel's research focuses on utilising either thin film growth techniques or application of external electric fields to control the magnetic or electronic properties of advanced functional materials. She is particularly interested in the electronic modifications in materials resulting from application of very large electric fields during liquid electrolyte gating and how to utilise these changes to make novel computing devices. Formerly, Dr Karel worked as a Materials Engineer for Intel Corporation in the USA. She obtained her PhD (2012) in MSE from the University of California Berkeley and carried out her postdoctoral research at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids in Dresden, Germany.

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Professor Chris Davies


Materials and devices

Professor Chris Davies is the Head of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Design in Light Metals. His research focuses on understanding the role of crystallographic texture in the deformation of light metals and alloys, and modelling the effects of texture and microstructure on mechanical behaviour. He has received several awards for commercialisation of magnesium alloys.

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Dr Julia Meis-Harris


prosumers

Dr Julia Meis-Harris research interests lie in the area of environmental and social psychology, environmentally sustainable behaviour and climate change, and consumer behaviour and the influence of economic inequality on prejudice toward immigrants. During her PhD she worked on various behaviour change projects in cooperation with BWA as well as other entities, such as the review of innovative P-Turn intersections for VicRoads and a review of energy use and sustainable housing practices for the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. She is particularly interested in the drivers of various environmental and pro-social behaviours that impact everyday life.

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Dr John Betts


Smart Energy Systems AI and optimisation Batteries

Dr John Betts's main interests are in the areas of computational modelling, optimization and simulation. These problems are characterized by the need to understand the effect of variability on the behaviour of critical systems and allocate resources optimally.

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Dr Joanne Tanner


Fuels

Dr Joanne Tanner has gained industry experience in control systems design and configuration during her role at Honeywell, and subsequently managed and implemented client-driven chemical engineering research projects at laboratory, pilot and scale with HRL Technology. She has designed, commissioned and demonstrated several fit-for-purpose, pilot scale reactors and has a close collaboration with the Institute of Energy and Climate Research, IEK-2, at Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany, where she did some postdoctoral research. Dr Tanner's current research interests include biorefinery processes, waste biomass utilisation for sustainable fuel and chemicals production, and closed loop recycling of waste plastics.

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Associate Professor Jie Zhang


Fuels

Dr Jie Zhang is a Chief Investigator at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES). He also jointly leads the Monash Electrochemistry Group. Dr Zhang is an electrochemist by training who has developed a solid background in both the experimental and theoretical aspects of electrochemistry during his research career. He has also obtained a broad experience in other research areas, such as biomedical engineering, materials engineering and nanotechnology. He has published 6 book chapters, 7 international patents and more than 200 refereed journal articles.

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Professor Jianfeng Nie


Materials and devices

Professor Jianfeng Nie's research interests include design and development of light alloys, crystallography of phase transformations and applications of transmission electron microscopy. He has published over 100 papers in international journals. He has held roles including being a member of the Board of Review, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions, former Chair of Phase Transformations Committee of TMS, and Chair of the National Events Committee of Materials Australia.

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Professor Jian Zhao


Energy resources

Professor Jian Zhao is an engineering specialist covering research, teaching and consulting on rock mechanics, Geo-technical engineering, tunnelling and mining. His Expertise are in fundamental and applied researches of rock mechanics and applied geophysics, tunnelling and mining technology.

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Dr Jesper Levinsen


Materials and devices Low-energy electronics Batteries

Dr Jesper Fredenslund Levinsen’s research focusses on strongly interacting quantum systems on the interface between condensed matter physics and the physics of ultracold atomic gases. He works on aspects of superfluidity, impurities in degenerate quantum gases, few-body physics, and low-dimensional systems. A particular subject which fascinates him is the interplay between few - and many - body physics in strongly correlated systems.

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Dr Jenny Zhou


Markets Policy

Dr Jenny Zhou pursues research through a combination of laboratory experiment, field monitoring, data analysis and modelling. Her contribution to life cycle assessment and sustainable built environment has been acknowledged by many international awards and invitations. Some highlights include Green Talents awarded by The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, research exchange fellowship provided by the Lloyd's Register Foundation, and forum invitations from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and Universitas 21 network.

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Dr James Curtis


prosumers Decision making

Dr Jim Curtis' research focuses on gaining an intimate, theoretical, and applied understanding of the influences impacting on the behaviour of a range of target audiences, leading and collaborating on teams across over 80 projects. Jim has acquired an intimate understanding of how the public sector interacts with research, working with multiple government partners in Victoria and New South Wales. He has witnessed and experienced the different ways that research can be applied to inform program design and policy shifts, and is committed to applying these learnings.

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Dr Mega Kar


Materials and devices

Dr Mega Kar specialises in IL synthesis and electrochemistry, working on electrodeposition, and metal batteries. Her main research is aimed at designing novel ionic liquids for application in rechargeable magnesium batteries. She has received The Most Promising Woman Scientist award at the 6th International Congress on Ionic Liquids, the Faculty of Science Advancing Women’s Success Grant, and the Australian-India Early Career Research Fellowship grant. Along with Professor Douglas MacFarlane and Associate Professor Jennifer Pringle, she co-authored a textbook titled “Fundamentals of Ionic Liquid Science – From chemistry to applications“, published in 2017.

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Professor Hugh Blackburn


Energy resources

Professor Hugh Blackburn’s principal research area is the physics of unsteady flows and associated computational methods. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia and of the Australasian Fluid Mechanics Society. He holds a BE from UniSA and a PhD from Monash, in the area of bluff body fluid mechanics. Prior to commencing his PhD at Monash he worked as a consulting engineer for Kinhill Engineers, and CSIRO where he carried out both fundamental and applied research in fluid dynamics.

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Professor Hai Vu


Smart Energy Systems Transport AI and optimisation

Professor Hai L. Vu is a Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow in the area of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). He joined Monash University in 2016 to lead the ITS research. Prior to that, he spent 5 years at the University of Melbourne and 11 years at Swinburne University of Technology where he had established and led the Intelligent Transport Systems Lab in a joint partnership with VicRoads. He has over 18 years of experience as an academic and researcher.

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Dr Ha Hong Bui


Energy resources

Dr Ha Bui's major research interests are in the areas of computational mechanics and material modelling with particular focus on large deformation and failure of geomaterials. He leads the Monash Computational Geomechanics (MCG) Lab. He worked as a Research Fellow at the Department of Civil Engineering at Ritsumeikan University. His research focused on the development of advanced numerical methods to model large deformation and flow failure of geomaterials.

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Dr Guido Tack


Smart Energy Systems AI and optimisation

Dr Guido Tack is a member of the Data61 Decision Sciences Group. His research focuses on combinatorial optimisation, in particular architecture and implementation techniques for constraint solvers, translation of constraint modelling languages, and industrial applications. Guido's broader research interests include programming languages and computational logic. He leads the development of the MiniZinc constraint modelling language and toolchain and is one of the main developers of Gecode, a state-of-the-art constraint programming library.

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Dr Gordon Leslie


Markets Policy

Dr Gordon Leslie’s fields of study are industrial organisation and energy economics. His current research examines issues relating to competition, policy and consumer engagement in a selection of energy and energy derivative markets.

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Research Fellow Giovanni DeLuca


Materials and devices

Giovanni DeLuca (Gio) has worked with thin films and nanomaterials for ~10 years starting with liquid crystal Langmuir-Blodgett films. He has also worked in the industry working with Pall Corporation on polymer thin films for filtration and purification of biopharmaceuticals. His collaborative work between Monash University (Udo Bach), CSIRO (Anthony Chesman), and Georgia Tech (Elsa Reichmanis/Ajeet Rohatgi) involves the design and development of tandem solar energy harvesting devices using novel thin film materials. Gio is interested in environmental and energy policy and plans to get involved with policy making to advance the field of renewable energy.

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Associate Professor Meera Parish


Materials and devices Low-energy electronics Batteries

Associate Professor Meera Marjorie Parish’s research is broadly focused on the theory of strongly correlated phenomena in ultracold atomic gases and electron systems. She's particularly interested in superconductivity and superfluidity, low-dimensional systems and dimensional crossovers, and magnetotransport.

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Associate Professor Gillian Oliver


prosumers Social equality Indigenous communities

Associate Professor Gillian Oliver is the Director of the Centre for Organisational and Social Informatics (COSI). Her research interests centre on information culture, the influences of values and behaviours on the ways that information is managed in organisational settings. She is co-author of Records Management and Information Culture: Tackling the People Problem (Facet, 2014) and Digital Curation, 2nd ed (ALA, 2016) and Co-editor in Chief of Archival Science.

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Dr Pari Delir Haghighi


Smart Energy Systems

Dr Pari Haghighi's research interest include mobile and ubiquitous computing, context-aware computing, e-health and mobile health monitoring, internet of things (IoT), real-time and mobile decision support systems, and social media content analysis. works in the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University as a Lecturer.

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Professor Gil Garnier


Materials and devices

Professor Gil Garnier is the Director of the Australian Pulp and Paper Institute (APPI). His current research interests are focused on the application of colloids and polymers to surfaces, adhesion, composites, and the process of paper making. At APPI he is head of a multidisciplinary team which uses nanotechnology for surface engineering, bioprinting and the development of novel specialty papers.

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Dr Parama Banerjee


Materials and devices

Dr Parama Banerjee has always been fascinated by the electrochemical processes, particularly in the areas of energy storage, conversion and corrosion. This fascination led her Monash University to pursue a PhD examining the effect of various surface modifications on the electrochemical kinetics of a degrading metal surface. After her PhD, she integrated her knowledge in electrochemistry with carbon-based nanomaterials and ventured into the field of energy storage and conversion. Her current research interest includes, electrochemistry of various interfaces, energy storage materials and systems, advanced carbon based materials, corrosion, functional coatings and nanotechnology and nanomaterials.

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Associate Professor Matthew Hill


Materials and devices

Associate Professor Matthew Hill is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and the Winner of a 2014 Australian Prime Minister’s Prize for Science. Matthew leads an interdisciplinary team of researchers that are actively involved with industry partners to bring exciting discoveries in the laboratory to market. He holds a joint position between CSIRO and Monash. His research areas include development and application of porous materials: storage, separation and triggered release of small molecules with adsorbents and membranes, flow chemistry, lithium-sulfur batteries and supercapacitors.

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Associate Professor Gholamreza Haffari 


Smart Energy Systems

Associate Professor Gholamreza (Reza) Haffari’s work is focused on Artificial Intelligence (AI), particularly in low-level perception and high-level reasoning under uncertainty, mainly from text and potentially from other data modalities such as vision and speech. His research tackles problems such as: Understanding and generating natural language text, effective training of deep neural networks with minimal human supervision as this powerful technology is data hungry, and explaining the outcome of black-box computational models in order to make them trustable in critical decision making scenarios such as digital health.

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Associate Professor Gerry Nagtzaam


Markets Policy

Associate Professor Gerry Nagtzaam is a world recognised environmental scholar both domestically and internationally. His research focuses on the intersections between environmental law, politics, history and economics. He has written a number of well received books on topics including international environmental treaties and their normative treatment, nuclear waste disposal in democratic states, and a forthcoming book on the phenomenon of ecoterrorism. He has written extensively on the issue of whaling and global bio diversity loss. Associate Professor Nagtzaam is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria’s International Law Committee.

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Dr Nirmal Peiris


Materials and devices Solar cells

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Dr Frits de Nijs


Smart Energy Systems

Dr Frits de Nijs has studied the extent to which the consumers can be involved in maintaining a power balance and/or staying within the network capacity. He has addressed this problem using a mechanism design to deal with incentives in the context of fast dynamics and uncertainty in electricity networks, and combining this with existing work on planning and control algorithms.

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Associate Professor Guillaume Roger


Markets Policy

Associate Professor Guillaume Roger focuses on optimisation methods, financial economics and the economics of financial markets and regulations. He has written publications in economic journals such as the Journal of Mathematical Economics. He has received grants including the Australian Research Council Discovery Project Grant, Centre for International Finance and Regulation Grant, and Group of 8-DAAD Research Grant. He has also been invited to over 50 seminars and conferences in the last 10 years.

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Associate Professor Nikhil Medhekar


Materials and devices Batteries Low-energy electronics

Associate Professor Nikhil Medhekar's research interests lie in a broad area of computational mechanics and materials science and his research group is particularly interested in understanding the structure, properties and processing of materials at nano- and micro-scale using computer simulations. The computational tools that he employs are multi-disciplinary—ranging from the quantum mechanical electronic structure simulations, to large-scale molecular dynamics, phase-field and finite element simulations. Current research interests are focused on material systems crucial for optoelectronics and energy applications.

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Professor Douglas Macfarlane


Energy resources Fuels

Professor Douglas Macfarlane is head of the Energy Program in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science. He is currently researching materials that will enable new pathways to generate energy and fuel from sustainable resources (e.g. the sun) and materials that are currently waste or pollutants (e.g. CO2 gas). One of his main focus areas within ACES is the generation of ‘Solar Fuels’ from nothing more than CO2, water and sunlight.

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Professor Mark Thompson


Fuels

Professor Mark Thompson has been consulting and has had previous industrial work with AMIRA, CRA, COMALCO and Ford Europe. His biomedical-targeted research has focussed on numerical modelling of stirred bioreactors, stenoses and cell-cell/cell-wall interactions. Thompson’s other major interest has been modelling the way particles interact with other particles and walls, with potential extensions to deformable immune cells such as platelets and leukocytes.

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Dr Seyyedehtahereh Hosseinidashtikhani


Fuels

Dr Seyyedehtahereh Hosseinidashtikhani's current research focus is on development of high-efficiency and low-emission clean fuel technologies. She is also involved in several projects in the mineral processing area aimed to produce magnesium metal from waste fly ash.

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Associate Professor Nemai Karmakar


Smart Energy Systems

Associate Professor Nemai Chandra Karmakar’s research interests cover areas such as RFID, smart antennas for mobile and satellite communications, electromagnetic bandgap structure (EBG) assisted RF devices, planar phased array antennas, broadband microstrip antennas and arrays, beam-forming networks, near-field/far-field antenna measurements, microwave device modeling, monostatic and bistatic radars. He has published more than 200 referred journal and conference papers, 3 books and twenty four book chapters and he is a member of the editorial board of a number of journals.

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Associate Professor Selby Coxon


Materials and devices Transport Consumer interaction

Dr Selby Coxon is the Director of the Mobility Design Lab hosted by the Department of Design at MADA. His professional career spans over thirty years working for both the corporate sector; Philips Electronics and Schlumberger and private consultancy; IDC and Anglo Nordic Design in Europe, Scandinavia and Australia. His research interests concern improvements and far reaching ambitious interventions in the design of mobility, particularly public transport. He has also undertaken research projects for organisations including; Metro Trains Melbourne, Yarra Trams, Volgren, Transdev, General Motors and SNCF (the French National Railway).

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Dr Mark Edmonds


Materials and devices

Dr Mark Edmonds received his PhD from La Trobe University in 2014. Mark currently holds an ARC DECRA Fellowship in the School of Physics and Astronomy at Monash University. Mark is an Associate Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence "Future Low Energy Electronic Technologies" and an Investigator in the Monash Centre for Atomically Thin Materials. Mark has been awarded the Monash University Faculty of Science Early Career Researcher Award, Australian Institute of Physics Laby Medal for best honours thesis and Nancy Millis PhD Prize for best PhD thesis within Science at La Trobe University.

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Dr Mahdokht Shaibani


Materials and devices Batteries Supercapacitors

Dr Mahdokht Shaibani has completed her PhD from CSIRO and Monash and her research focused on advanced electrochemical energy storage devices with a focus on Lithium-Sulfur batteries and carbon-based supercapacitors.

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Dr Sebastian Thomas


Materials and devices

Dr Sebastian Thomas’ research covers all aspects related to the materials durability. This includes work investigating the macro/micro-structural scale corrosion mechanisms prevalent in additively manufactured alloys, magnesium alloys, galvanised steels, stainless steels, aluminium alloys and also nickel alloys. It also includes work on the development of industry-scale corrosion sensing, monitoring and protection methods (such as cathodic protection and coatings). He also has specific expertise in fundamental electrochemistry and electroanalytical chemistry, which led him to develop several state-of-the-art techniques to unravel the structure-property relationships of materials in the context of corrosion.

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Associate Professor Ly Fie Sugianto


Markets Policy

Dr Ly-Fie Sugianto has expertise in applying data analytics and AI techniques to study the competitive behaviour in the Australian electricity market. Ly-Fie’s research in Data Analytics and AI applications in the electricity industry, and technology adoption studies, have been funded by a number grants, including the ARC (SPIRT/Linkage) grant, the Australia Indonesia Governance Research Partnership (AIGRP) grant and the Sumitomo Foundation grant. Her research projects include exploring the effectiveness of deregulated electricity industry using agent based models and discovering emergence and gaming behaviour in competitive market.

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Dr Sebastian Furer


Materials and devices Solar cells

Dr Sebastian Furer has a passion for renewable energy. He has experience in the synthesis of copper dyes for and fabrication of dye-sensitized solar cells. His recent research focuses on interface engineering and charge transport in perovskite and dye-sensitiezed solar cells as well as surface modification of metals and metal oxides using self-assembled monolayers.

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Scott Ferraro


Smart Energy Systems

Scott Ferraro is a leader in net zero-emission strategy development and implementation, with a deep understanding of the opportunities to reduce emissions across the energy, transport and buildings sectors. Currently, as Program Director of Monash University’s Net Zero Initiative, Scott and his team are focused on transitioning Monash’s Australian operations to net zero emissions by 2030. The program aims to find translatable solutions to enable the broader transition to net-zero emissions required under the Paris Agreement.

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Research Fellow Naresh Chandrasekaran


Materials and devices Solar cells

Naresh Chandrasekaran joined the Materials Science and Engineering department on August 2015 as a joint PhD student between Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and Monash University. He completed his PhD from Physics and Materials Science and Engineering departments in October 2018. He is one among the youngest graduates from the collaborative program to have graduate at the age of 25. He has received several awards including Nationals Photonics Fellowship and Monash Energy Materials and System Institute grant award during his research carrier. He currently has more than seven years of research experience in developing and characterising novel organic and inorganic semiconducting optoelectronic devices. Naresh’s current research involves developing novel solution-processed optoelectronic devices and understanding the charge carrier dynamics inside these devices.

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Associate Professor Liang C. Wang


Markets Policy Economics Policy

Associate Professor Choon Wang is interested in a wide range of topics in the areas of the economics of education, labour economics, development economics, public economics, and health economics. He often uses field or natural experiments as well as observational data to study the determinants of the education, health, and labour market outcomes of individuals in both developed and developing countries. Choon has also provided technical and policy assistance to various governments and has published in international refereed journals.

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Professor Sarah Pink


prosumers

Dr Sarah Pink is the Director of the Emerging Technologies Research Lab at Monash. She is a world leading Design Anthropologist, known for her development of innovative digital, visual and sensory research and dissemination methodologies, which she engages in interdisciplinary projects with design, engineering and creative practice disciplines to engage with contemporary issues and challenges. She has over 20 years experiences of working with academic and industry research partners internationally and frequently gives keynote and public lectures in academic and business environments internationally. She has published numerous academic books, peer referred journal articles and book chapters.

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Dr Sarah Goodwin


Smart Energy Systems Data science and ML Consumer interaction

Dr Sarah Goodwin is interested in exploring creative visual analytic solutions for complex, multi-dimensional and geospatial data sets. She has an academic and professional background in geospatial analysis and information visualisation, having worked for over 15 years as a GIS technician, geo-data analyst, consultant and a researcher for some of the leading research centres for spatial analysis and visualisation around the world, including the giCentre at City University in London, UK; the g2Lab at HafenCity University in Hamburg, Germany and the Geospatial Science Department at RMIT University.

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Associate Professor Lian Zhang


Fuels CO2 capture, storage and use

Associate Professor Lian Zhang specialises in the Research, Development and Deployment related to a broad range of high-efficiency and low-emission clean energy technologies, particularly for the advanced utilisation of low-rank coal, biomass and industry waste. He undertakes extensive collaborative research with a variety of industry partners and research organisations across Australia and from overseas. He is a member of the Japan Society of Chemical Engineers, the Japan Institute of Energy and Engineers Australia. He is currently leading the Clean Solid Fuel Laboratory (CSFL) in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Monash. He has been awarded the Inaugural Future Fellowship Award 2009.

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Dr Narendra Pai


Materials and devices Solar cells

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Professor Sankar Bhattacharya


Energy resources Catalysts

Professor Sankar Bhattacharva has a strong background in industry and academia. Having started his career in India as a design and commissioning engineer for coal-fired power stations, he then worked in Thailand on the utilisation of agro-forestry residues for gaseous fuels production. He advises the Japanese Ministry of Economics, Trade and Industry (METI) on low-rank coal utilisation and Clean Coal Victoria. He also advises and contributes to the International energy Agency’s flagship publications and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as an expert reviewer

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Dr Lennon Chang


Markets Policy Policy Regulation

Dr Chang is interested in researching crime, regulation and governance of cyberspace - cybercrime, cyber terrorism and cyber warfare. He is the Vice Chairman of the Asia Pacific Association of Technology and Society which he co-founded in 2012. He is also the founder of Cyberbaykin: Myanmar Cyber Security Awareness campaign. In 2007 he received an Endeavour Asia Award and in 2009 was identified by Peking University and Griffith Asia Institute as an Australia-China Emerging Leader. He was recently selected as a Global Emerging Voices Fellow and an Australia-China Youth Dialogue Fellow.

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Dr Ruth Lane


Markets Policy

Dr Ruth Lane’s research focuses on the intersections between social change, environmental degradation and environmental governance. She has examined this through studies of the consumption of goods and materials, and associated issues of waste, reuse and materials recycling (Lane and Gorman-Murray 2011), and of the social and cultural aspects of land use change in rural and regional Australia and its biodiversity consequences. Lane has developed an interest in the interface between social science research on consumption and socio-technical transitions and industrial ecology assessments of material flows and environmental footprints.

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Professor Lei Jiang


Materials and devices

Professor Lei Jiang has interests in bio-inspired Multi-scale Interface Materials (Special Wettability). He invented a variety of new methods to reveal the mechanism of super-hydro-phobicity on the surface of organisms; bionic multi-scale interface materials, nano-channels Construction and application; bionic intelligent nano-channel construction and its application in the field of energy conversion.

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Dr Ross Gawler


Smart Energy Systems

Dr Ross Gawler’s professional experience has spanned the technical and economic factors in the development and operation of electricity generation and transmission. He has worked under both centrally planned and competitive industry structures. His professional goals have mainly centred on conducting realistic economic and risk analysis which leads to effective investments in generation and transmission assets.

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Associate Professor Mohan Yellishetty


Energy resources

Dr Mohan Yellishetty has had two decades of research and academic career in Australia, USA and India and has been recognized as one of the leading experts in the area of ‘sustainable mineral resources’. His research and academic work experience have provided him with the opportunity to undertake high quality research work and to contribute significantly to mining engineering discipline and publish widely in reputed high impact journals.

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Dr Laurence Brassart


Materials and devices Batteries

Laurence Brassart is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Monash University. Her general field of interest is the development of original theoretical and computational models to investigate the mechanical and functional behavior of materials. Areas of interest include micromechanics (e.g. homogenization theory) and continuum thermomechanics and kinetics (including mass transport and chemical reaction in solids) with applications to tranditional engineering materials (e.g. alloys and composites), soft materials and energy storage materials.

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Professor Lata Gangadharan


Markets Policy

Professor Lata Gangadharan’s research in the area of environmental economics has direct relevance to formulating policies for improving environmental quality locally as well as globally. She has designed experiments to understand attitudes towards corruption, design appropriate institutions for credit provision in developing countries and measure trust and trustworthiness between individuals in economic transactions. She has published extensively in reputed journals such as the American Economic Review, Science, European Economic Review, Nature Communications, Journal of Public Economics, and the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management among others.

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Professor Robert Thomson


Markets Policy

Professor Robert Thomson’s research focuses on international comparisons of democratic representation, and various forms of international governance. In one area of ongoing research, Robert and his colleagues are examining the conditions under which politicians keep and break the promises they make to voters when they enter government office. In another area, Robert and his colleagues are seeking to understand negotiations in the European Union and how the EU operates on the international stage. He is author of Resolving Controversy in the European Union (Cambridge University Press), and a series of articles and book chapters on national, EU, and international politics.

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Dr Laszlo Frazer


Materials and devices Solar cells Lighting

Dr Laszlo Frazer is discovering new scattering processes that work around fundamental limitations on the efficiency of classical photovoltaics. The current roll-out of photovoltaics is transforming our energy infrastructure, but classical photovoltaics have fundamental limitations on their efficiency.

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Program Manager Robert Neville Kelly


Markets Policy Transition

Mr Rob Kelly was a Senior Analyst for ClimateWorks' "Pathways to Deep Decarbonisation in 2050" project, developing a technical and economic pathway for Australia to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. He authored the buildings sector analysis for this project. Rob has also managed several projects evaluating energy productivity potential for states and federal government and was lead analyst in developing the Energy and Emissions Cost Optimiser software for the Carbon Market Institute. He holds an MBA, studying at Melbourne Business School and Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and a Master of Environment from the University of Melbourne.

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Dr Larry Stillman


prosumers

Dr Larry Stillman's research interests include community informatics and development informatics in urban or rural settings in Australia or elsewhere, particularly with marginalised and under-represented communities. He's an advocate of tools for change in non-profit organisations, and favours qualitative methodologies, including grounded theory, critical ethnography, and storytelling as applied to ICT in society.

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Dr Robbie Napper


prosumers

Dr Robbie Napper is the Deputy Director of the Mobility Design Lab. Since joining Monash, he has developed expertise in the design and manufacture of public transport vehicles. He led the design and development of Australia’s most widely adopted route bus, the VolgrenOptimus. Robbie is an active member of the US National Academy of Science’s Transportation Research Board, in the fields of Bus Transit Systems, and Transit Capacity and Quality of Service, and an Associate of Monash University's Public Transport Research Group.

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Dr Mita Bhattacharya


Markets Policy Policy

Dr Mita Bhattacharya has published widely in peer-reviewed journals including in energy Economics, International Journal of Industrial Organisation, International Journal of Production Economics, World Economy, Review of Industrial Organisation and in Applied energy. She has received numerous internal grants and external grants from the Australian Research Council, Tyre Australia and National Science Council (Taiwan). Bhattacharya is the recipient of the annual award in 2017 from the Applied Energy Society for her research on renewable energy sources. She has held visiting positions in the Australian National University, Curtin University, Doshisha University, University of East Anglia and in the OECD.

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Professor Michael Fuhrer


Materials and devices

Professor Michael Fuhrer is an ARC Laurete Fellow and directs the ARC Centre of Excellence for Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies (FLEET) and co-directs the Monash Centre for Atromically Thin Materials. Before coming to Monash, he directed the Center for Nanophysics and Advanced Materials at the University of Maryland. Fuhrer is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Physical Society. His research explores novel two-dimensional materials such as graphene, the two-dimensional surface state of three-dimensional topological insulators (e.g. Bi2Se3), other two dimensional semiconductors, metals, and superconductors.

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Dr Meysam Mirshekarloo


Materials and devices Supercapacitors Batteries

Dr Meysam Sharifzadeh Mirshekarloo is an engineer with many years of experience in the design and implementation of various devices and prototypes. This includes; energy storage devices (supercapacitors and batteries), sensors, actuators, fluid jet dispensers, transparent speakers. He focuses on design and fabrication of new devices and products from new materials. He has worked closely with industry partners on projects with high TRL level (~7), some of the outcomes being pushed for scale up and commercialisation.

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Professor Kiyonori Suzuki


Materials and devices

Professor Kiyonori Suzuki’s research is primarily directed towards the magnetic properties of non-equilibrium and metastable materials, with particular emphasis placed on nanostructured materials for electromagnetic device applications. Key elements involved in this area of research are nanostructure-magnetic properties relationships, nanostructural formation mechanisms and magnetism in nanostructured systems (e.g., random anisotropy and exchange-spring effects). Suzuki is also interested in other functional materials in the area of sustainable energy technologies such as hydrogen storage and permeation alloys.

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Dr Mehrdad Parsa


Fuels

Dr Mehrdad Parsa is a highly engaging scientist whose experience spans energy (coal) and environment science (water and wastewater treatment) areas. He has delivered several published articles and formed new products and methods. His work has resulted in two registered patents: a new carbon honeycomb monolith (Australian Patent) and a novel and game-changing method for wastewater treatment.

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Professor Kimbal Marriott


Smart Energy Systems

Dr Kim Marriott leads the Computer Human Interaction and Creativity (CHIC) discipline group. His main interests are in information visualisation, immersive analytics, digital publishing as well as assistive technologies for people with vision impairment. After obtaining his PhD in 1989 he worked at the IBM TJ Watson Research Center until joining Monash in 1993.

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Dr Kevin Rietwyk


Materials and devices Solar cells

Dr Kevin Rietwyk employs combinatorial tools to rapidly explore the properties of mixed hybrid organic-inorganic perovskite compounds. Formerly, he enjoyed a 3.5 year post-doctoral appointment at the Zaban laboratory in Bar-Ilan University in Israel, investigating new metal oxide compounds for photovoltaics. He concluded his PhD studies on the electronic properties of semiconductor surfaces at La Trobe University in 2014.

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Associate Professor Mehmet Yuce


Smart Energy Systems

Associate Professor Mehmet R. Yuce’s research interests include low-power electronics design, IoT sensor, implantable and wearable medical devices, telemedicine, wireless body area network (WBAN), bio-sensors, MEMs sensors and actuators, integrated circuit technology, radio frequency circuit design and energy harvesting. He is an author of three books in the area of wearable medical devices. He is an associate Editor for Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Sensors Journal and is a senior member. Yuce has received many awards including from NASA, IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTTS), and the University of Newcastle.

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Deputy Director Research Rob Raven


Markets Policy

Professor Rob Raven is the research director at the Monash Sustainable Development Institute, and professor of institutions and societal transitions at the Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development, Utrecht University. His interest is in sustainability transitions and socio-technical innovation. His empirical work has covered energy and mobility transition processes in both Europe and Asia. He published over 50 scientific articles on these topics and recently was co-editor of ‘The Experimental City’ (2016). His current research agenda is focussed on analysis of transformative change in urban context such as eco-cities and smart cities.

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Professor Rob Hyndman


Smart Energy Systems Data science and ML

Professor Rob J Hyndman, Head of the Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics, has researched and consulted with a wide range of business, industry and government clients. His most recent work includes demand forecasting for the electricity industry, estimating life expectancy for the Australian indigenous population. He has received several awards for his research including the 2007 Moran Medal from the Australian Academy of Science. He is an elected member of the International Statistical Institute and a member of the International Institute of Forecasters, International Association for Statistical Computing and Institute of Mathematical Statistics.

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Dr Reza Razzaghi


Smart Energy Systems

Dr Reza Razzaghi has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Distinguished PhD Thesis Award of EPFL, Basil Papadias Best Paper Award at IEEE PowerTech conference in 2013, and the Best Paper Award at ASAIEM conference in 2017. His work on the Electromagnetic Time Reversal has led to a commercialized patent: Efficient method based on the electromagnetic time reversal to locate faults in power network, US9465067 B2.

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Professor Raman Singh


Materials and devices

Professor Raman Singh’s primary research interests are in the relationship of nano-/microstructure and environment-assisted degradation and fracture of metallic and composite materials, and nanotechnology for advanced mitigation of such degradations. He has also worked extensively on use of advanced materials (e.g., graphene) for corrosion mitigation, and stress corrosion cracking, and corrosion and corrosion-mitigation of magnesium alloys. He has been engaged in many consulting activities including; corrosion of coated steels (Orica Ltd, Australia), caustic hardening of polymer components used for alumina processing (BHP Billiton), and ex-service steel components in caustic environments in alumina processing (Queensland Alumina Ltd).

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Dr Priya Samudrala


Fuels

Dr Priya Samudrala studied Applied Chemistry and received her PhD in Dec 2016 at RMIT University working in the area of heterogeneous catalysis for bio-glycerol conversion to commodity chemicals and fine chemical synthesis involving organic transformations. After her PhD, she continued working as a Research Assistant at the Centre for Advanced Materials and Industrial Chemistry (CAMIC), School of Sciences, RMIT University for about 6 months. She reinforced her knowledge in heterogeneous catalysis and ventured into a new area of developing three-dimensional printed catalyst formulations and their application in sustainable chemical production from renewable sources.

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Associate Professor Megan Farrelly


Markets Policy Energy resources Smart Energy Systems

Associate Professor Megan Farrelly is interested in the broad fields of environmental and natural resource governance. In particular, she is interested in exploring and understanding how processes and pathways for practical and social-institutional change are shaped. Her research also focuses on exploring the role of sustainability experimentation (technical and governance) in helping to promote and deliver changes in policy and on-ground practices. She has an interest in social learning, evaluation and impact assessment, drivers of institutional change and unpacking urban transformations.

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Dr Xiongfeng Lin


Materials and devices Solar cells

Dr. Xiongfeng Lin is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Monash University. He completed his Bachelor degree (with honours) at Central South University (China) and Monash University (Australia). He received his Ph.D. from Monash University working in the research group of Prof Udo Bach in 2019. His research interests focus on interfacial modification and back-contact perovskite photovoltaic devices.

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Dr Wenxin Mao


Materials and devices Solar cells

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Dr Pierre Le Bodic


Smart Energy Systems

Dr Pierre Le Bodic is primarily interested in Discrete Optimisation and Computational Complexity. He was previously a postdoc in Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, and obtained his PhD in Computer Science from Université Paris 11.

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Dr Wenping Yin


Materials and devices Solar cells

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Research Fellow David McMeekin


Materials and devices Solar cells

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Dr Zongyan Zhou


Fuels

Dr Zongyan Zhou's research interests include modelling of particle-fluid flows in gas and oil extraction, multiscale study of raceway operations for low-cost and stable ironmaking, and micromechanical analysis of size segregation and its prediction in granular free-surface flows. He holds a PhD in process metallurgy, powder technology and granular materials and multiphase flow and heat transfer from University of New South Wales.

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Professor Philip Marriott


Fuels

Professor Philip Marriott's main research activities are in Analytical Chemistry, specifically gas chromatography (multidimensional GC and comprehensive 2D GC) with mass spectrometry. Professor Marriott is recipient of an ARC Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award. He has recently been awarded a Special Visiting Researcher on a Brazil CNPq grant, administered by the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, in conjunction with the Agricultural Institute EMBRAPA. Prior to this, he was awarded a World Class University (WCU) Distingished Professorship, under the Korean Research Foundation, with Chung-Ang University, Seoul.

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Associate Professor Yolande Strengers


prosumers

Yolande Strengers is a digital sociologist and human-computer interaction scholar investigating the sustainability and gender effects of digital, emerging and smart technologies. At Monash University, she leads the energy futures theme in the Emerging Technologies Research Lab, which undertakes critical interdisciplinary and international research into the social, cultural and experiential dimensions of the design, use and futures of new and emerging technologies. Yolande works with qualitative and digital ethnographic methods, theories of social practice and techno-feminism to understand how people use new technologies.

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Dr Yinlong Zhu


Materials and devices Catalysts Hydrogen and alternate fuels

Dr Yinlong Zhu is developing advanced cathodes with excellent CO2 tolerance and cell performance for solid oxide fuel cells. He has skills in structure analysis of perovskite oxides and softwares including X’pert Highscore, Gatan Digitalmicrograph, TIA, and CrystalMaker.

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Dr Xingliang Yuan


Smart Energy Systems

Dr Xingliang Yuan has worked at Stromasys S.A. as Senior Software Engineer from 2011 to 2013, developing virtual SPARC and ALPHA servers on the x86 platform. His research interests include cloud computing security, network security, mobile security, and hardware security, with the current focus on designing encrypted search techniques for large-scale applications and building practical networked systems related to network function virtualisation security.

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Dr Peter O'Neill


Markets Policy

Dr Peter O'Neill's research interest include busness strategy focusing on issues surrounding growth, innovation, internationalisation, supply chain strategy focused on issues surrounding performance evaluation, process improvement, quality and safety. He is also interested in information systems such as ERP as they relate to decision making, cognitive behaviour, process improvement, and organisational change.

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Dr Xin Ma


prosumers Decision making Consumer interaction

Dr Xin Ma’s research interests include sustainable operations management, energy management, revenue management, game theory, and health care management. His publications have appeared in journals such as Decision Sciences, European Journal of Operational Research, International Journal of Production Economics, International Journal of Production Research, Computers & Operations Research, Journal of Cleaner Production, and IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management. Before joining Monash he was Lecturer of Engineering Management (Education & Research) at the College of Engineering, and Mathematics and Physical Sciences at University of Exeter.

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Professor Wray Buntine


Smart Energy Systems

Professor Wray Buntine enjoys playing with web/text data and writing code, and supports some of his work on Github (wbuntine). His research interests include theoretical and applied work in document and text analysis, machine learning, and probabilistic methods including: discrete non-parametric Bayesian statistics, latent variables in semi-structured and text analysis, topic models for semi-structured data, applications in medical and health infomatics.

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Dr Wendy Stubbs


Markets Policy

Dr Wendy Stubbs' research seeks to understand how business can more holistically address its environmental, social and economic responsibilities. Her PhD in corporate sustainability developed a ‘sustainability business model’ that integrates sustainability into the core business model. This research is recognized as pioneering in the field of business models for sustainability, and her research continues to explore business models that are grounded in the principles of sustainability.

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Associate Professor Peter Bragge


prosumers Policy Decision making

Dr Peter Bragge's research focuses on knowledge translation (KT) and behaviour change - the science of developing interventions to promote and integrate evidence into practices, systems, and policies. Dr Bragge's core research activities are complex evidence reviews and stakeholder consultation to define, understand and change healthcare practice, research and policy. His research collaborations span local and international settings as well as consultations and reports for Government. He has published in leading journals including The Lancet as well as for wider audiences in The Conversation.

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Dr Wenchao Huang


Materials and devices

Dr Wenchao Huang’s work is focused on using synchrotron based X-ray techniques to investigate the microstructure of organic semiconductors and establishing the relationship between microstructure and device physics in organic electronics.

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Dr Vinod Mishra


Markets Policy Energy access Economics

Dr Vinod Mishra is an Applied Economist, focused on conducting empirical research on different aspects of the Indian, Chinese and Australian economies.

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Associate Professor Vincent Cheng-Siong Lee


Smart Energy Systems

Associate Professor Vincent Lee's current research interests are multidisciplinary spreading across signal processing; adaptive knowledge representation and information engineering; data, text, and graph mining for knowledge discovery; decision theory; information system research based on design science paradigm; and neuro-financial engineering. He has 35 (13 years with MNC and public sector establishments in Singapore, and 22 years with four universities in Australia and Singapore) years of experience in applied and fundamental research, business enterprise system development, engineering and ICT system integration, and university teaching.

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Associate Professor Victoria Haritos


Fuels

Associate Professor Victoria Haritos’ research brings together biology and engineering to address future manufacturing needs. She is interested in discovering and designing enzymes for specific and fast reactions as isolated biocatalysts. She’s also researching the metabolic and systems biology of cells in culture - examining productivity and underlying reasons behind heterogeneity in response and how this can be modified. She applies research knowledge to improve thermal processing outcomes and preserving nutrients in processed foods by working with a range of food and beverage companies.

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Professor Patrick Olivier


Smart Energy Systems

Professor Patrick Oliver is an expert in human-computer interaction with particular research interests including the application of social and ubiquitous computing, the development of new approaches to interaction, and human-centred design methods. Patrick coined the term Digital Civics, now a central focus of his research. Digital Civics is a cross-disciplinary area of research that explores ways technology can promote new forms of participation in the design and delivery of local services including education, public health and social care and town planning. Another key element of Oliver’s work is the creation of open source software and hardware.

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Dr Vanessa Johnston


Markets Policy

Dr Vanessa Johnston is admitted to practice in Victorian and Commonwealth jurisdictions. Vanessa has worked in private practice at small and mid-sized law firms, primarily in the areas of property, commercial, and tax law. Vanessa teaches in Property Law, and her research interests also extend to environmental law, taxation, transport, international law, and comparative law.

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Dr Tom Hughes


Energy resources

Dr Tom Hughes' research is in thermophysical property measurements including vapour-liquid equilibrium and solid liquid equilibrium and measurements related to carbon dioxide capture and sequestration and the use of natural gas hydrates and semi-clathrate hydrates in gas separations. His primary research ambition is to assist industry in their goals to improve operations and processes by providing measurements or modelling that allow optimal designs and operating conditions to be more confidently determined and reduce energy requirements and environmental impacts.

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Dr Toby Bell


Materials and devices

Dr Toby Bell is interested in; discovering the fundamental photophysical properties of new materials at the single molecule level, understanding how energy is transported around in multi-chromophoric dye molecules, polymer chains and nanoparticles, and using SM techniques to address biophysical problems such as protein folding, aggregation and conformational change.

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Dr Tian Zhang


Materials and devices Solar cells Advanced coatings

Dr Tian Zhang's research focuses on the fabrication and characterization of thin film semiconductor materials for photovoltaic applications. At Monash University, he is investigating the vacuum-based thin film perovskite materials and the electron/hole transport layers to realize the high efficiency tandem solar cells in perovskite/Si and perovskite/perovskite structures.

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Associate Professor Sudha Mokkapati


Materials and devices

Dr Sudha Mokkapati’s did her PhD on monolithic integration of compound semiconductor quantum dot based optoelectronic devices at the Australian National University, then joined the Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems at the Australian National University as a post-doctoral researcher. There she developed photon management strategies for thin film solar cells based on amorphous Si, crystalline Si and III-V quantum-dot absorbers. She then worked as a Super Science Fellow and a Research Fellow, developing nanowire optoelectronic devices at the Research School of Physics and Engineering, Australian National University. Her current research interests include semiconductor nano-photonics, nano-lasers and nanostructured solar cells.

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Dr Stuart Walsh


Energy resources

Dr Walsh holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Melbourne. Following his PhD, he worked in postdoctoral and research positions in the United States at the University of Minnesota, Cornell University, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He returned to Australia in 2015, and started a research consultancy/software development company: Stone-Code Pty. Ltd, before taking a position at the School of Petroleum Engineering at the University of New South Wales. In 2018, Dr Walsh returned to Melbourne, joining the Department of Civil Engineering at Monash as a member of the Resources Engineering division.

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Professor Maria Garcia De La Banda


Smart Energy Systems

Professor Maria Garcia has extensive research experience in the modelling and solving of combinatorial problems, with particular emphasis on the (semi-) automatic analysis and transformation of constraint programming models, and has been involved in different real-world problems, including the optimisation of the layout of LNG plants, and the optimisation of Melbourne’s water flow system. In 2005 she was elected as a member of the Executive Committee for the Association of Logic Programming. Maria and Peter Stuckey were the 2005 winners of the International Constraint Modelling Challenge.

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Associate Professor Srinivas Sridharan


Markets Policy

Associate Professor Srinivas Sridharan has a global academic experience across India, USA, Canada and Australia. He conducts research on the impact of markets on quality of life and has published in international journals of high quality in marketing and interdisciplinary areas. He has taught using the case method and dialogic inquiry across undergraduate, Masters, and PhD programs, and uses systems thinking concepts and statistical, ethnographic, and participatory action research methods. In a recent project, he studied how subsistence entrepreneurs in India break out of poverty and transform their businesses and their communities.

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Dr Sonia Ruizraga


Materials and devices Solar cells

Dr Sonia R. Raga's main focus of research is to unveil the physical mechanisms governing perovskite solar cell devices under real operation conditions (light soaking, continuous applied bias, etc.) and the perovskite interaction with different selective contact materials. Dr Raga is interested in understanding how the transient effects of the perovskite ionic conduction effect the electrical characterisation techniques commonly used. Her goal is to improve the stability of perovskite-based devices by choosing the appropriate selective contacts that minimise the detrimental effects on perovskite films.

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Professor Shanwen Tao


Materials and devices

Professor ShanwenTao’s research interests are in chemical engineering, electro-chemical synthesis, electro-chemistry, energy-materials, fuel cell, solid state chemistry and sustainable Processes. He was previously with University of Warwick as a Professor of Chemical Engineering and Sustainable Processes.

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Professor Simon Wilkie


Markets Policy

"Professor Simon Wilkie’s previous academic appointments include Professor of Economics and Communications Law at USC Department of Economics and Gould School of Law, Chair of the Department of Economics at USC and Executive Director of the USC Center for Communications Law and Policy. His academic research focuses on game theory its application to; business strategy, economic policy design, and the tele-communications industries. He is cofounder of Competition Economics, and in that capacity has advised corporate and government clients on; spectrum auctions, strategy, competition policy and regulatory issues, and several start-ups on strategy. He has also held the roles of Chief Economist at the US Federal Communications Commission and Chief Economic Strategist for Microsoft."

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