Aung Ko Ko KYAW, PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Singapore)

Aung Ko Ko Kyaw

Aung holds a PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Nanyang Technological University. His prize-winning PhD work led him to a postdoctoral fellowship under Nobel Laureate Prof. Alan Heeger at the University of California (UCSB).

Current position: Scientist at Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, A*STAR, Singapore

Research focus: Thermoelectric materials and devices

In his research, Aung focuses on the design, architecture and fabrication of excitonic solar cells. His academic approach is a significant contribution to the future economic viability and sustainability of solar energy.

In 2012 Aung received the Green Talents award. Within the scope of the programme, he joined the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPIP) in 2013. Thanks to his research stay in Germany, he was able to initiate a collaborative study between UCSB and MPIP, which has been published in the Journal of Material Chemistry A. Together with other Green Talents he published two articles, one in a special issue of the Internal Journal of Photoenergy in 2014, and one in Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications in 2015.

2014 Filed a patent at Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), A*STAR


CV as submitted for the Green Talents award (2015):

University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Research focus: Design, architecture and fabrication of excitonic solar cells

Most recently a postdoctoral fellow under Nobel laureate Alan Heeger, Aung Ko Ko Kyaw is breaking new ground in the field of excitonic solar cells and making a significant contribution to the economic viability of solar energy.

Aung Ko Ko Kyaw is focused on the design, architecture and fabrication of excitonic solar cells, which include organic photovoltaic cells (OPVs) and dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). His achievements include the development of air-stable inverted structure OPVs and the groundbreaking development of low-cost DSSCs using transparent and conductive carbon-based electrodes, which totally eliminates the need for expensive conventional electrodes. Kyaw envisions a future with solar panels on every roof, and emphasizes the importance of cross-disciplinary collaboration to achieve the kind of cost reductions that this will require. “Working hand in hand with chemists and material scientists, I believe it will be possible to reduce the cost of solar-generated electricity for sustainable growth.”

A PhD in Electrical Engineering, Kyaw has co-authored two chapters in the fields of energy harvesting and green photonics and published 19 papers in international peer-reviewed journals, which have been cited over 250 times. His prize-winning PhD work led him to a postdoctoral fellowship under Nobel laureate Prof. Alan Heeger at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he focused on morphology-controlled bulk-heterojunction solar cells.

The jury was impressed with Kyaw's ingenuity and tremendous enthusiasm for developing new materials and manufacturing techniques for solar cells, adding that this kind of research is fundamental to the future economic viability and sustainability of solar energy.