Brett Hallam won a prestigious NSW Premier's Prize for Science and Engineering

Brett Hallam with NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian

Dr Brett Hallam, from the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering, won the award for Energy Innovation in New South Wales. His research has is resulting in a significant increase in electrical output of solar panels which will lead to cheaper photovoltaic generated electricity. His focus is on developing techniques for manipulating the charge state of atomic hydrogen in silicon to neutralise performance-limiting defects in solar cells.

For their work in childhood cancer, oceanography, and solar cell technology, UNSW researchers have won three prestigious NSW Premier’s Prizes for Science and Engineering.

The annual prizes, awarded in nine categories, reward leading researchers, innovators and educators for cutting-edge work that has led to economic, environmental, health, social or technological benefits for New South Wales.

Dr Brett Hallam, Green Talent in 2016, from UNSW Engineering and other sientists were presented with their awards by Premier Gladys Berejiklian at a ceremony at Government House on 23rd October 2017.

Ms Berejiklian said the prizes recognize the contributions that scientists and engineers make to our everyday lives. This year's Prizes again demonstrate NSW has some of the world's best and brightest scientists and technologists across a diverse range of disciplines right here in our own backyard. Through their inspiring ingenuity and innovation this year's winners have delivered economic, environmental, health, social and technological benefits for the global community.

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