Engineering student receives scholarship for solar research

Kilash Maher Pyrke
Friday 7 June 2019

Engineering honours student Kilash Maher Pyrke from the Research School of Engineering and Computer Science has received the prestigious ANU PBSA Partnership – Spotless Scholarship.

The award is designed to support students undertaking an Honours research project in Engineering, Physics, Environmental Science or a related field.

Kilash’s honours project, supervised by Dr Hieu Nguyen is an investigation of the optoelectronic properties of a novel ultra-thin two-dimensional perovskite material, which is being developed by P.h.D Candidate Mike Tebyetekerwa. In his research, Kilash will use photoluminescence spectroscopy and other optical characterisation methods to understand some of the fundamental properties of this material.

Kilash says the material has “potential to be used in optoelectronic devices such as transparent solar cells, light-emitting diodes and optical sensors”.

Kilash hopes to contribute to the field in the future, by working “towards making renewable energy more widespread and affordable. I still haven’t decided which area I would like to work in long term, but I am interested in research, renewable energy technology, and electricity generation and distribution”.

“The scholarship helps to give value and meaning to the work that I am doing, which is great for motivation. Additionally, it reduces financial pressure meaning I can focus more on my research”.

Read more about Dr Nguyen and Mike Tebyetekerwa’s work.


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