ACAP Director becomes a Fellow of the Royal Society

The Royal Society is the United Kingdom’s national Academy of science. Its self-governing Fellowship is comprised of some 1,450 of the world’s most distinguished scientists and engineers, including more than 80 Nobel Laureates.

“It’s really quite an honour,” says Professor Green, Director of the new Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics, In an academic career spanning nearly 40 years at UNSW, Green has attracted talented researchers, supervised more than 60 PhD students, and set numerous world-records for silicon solar cell efficiency – including the current record of 25% conversion efficiency.  

He is renowned for developing and commercialising silicon solar cell technologies, and has often been referred to as the ‘father of photovoltaics’ – the science of converting sunlight directly into electrical energy.

He is now working on developing third generation solar cells, which will combine other semiconductor materials on top of silicon to improve efficiency. “Our UNSW research group would like to be the one to develop a practical cell that takes us from 25% to over 40% efficiency,” he says.

Each year the Royal Society elects 44 Fellows and eight Foreign Members from more than 700 candidates. There is a peer-reviewed nomination process before existing members vote. Notable Fellows include scientists Richard Dawkins and Stephen Hawking. 

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