AnYao Liu

Senior Research Fellow

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Engineering Building (32), E237



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Solar photovoltaics, impurities and defects in silicon materials, and the advanced characterisation of semiconductor materials.


Dr Liu’s research focuses on improving the performance and cost-effectiveness of solar PV technology through understanding, and in turn engineering, the impurities and defects in silicon solar cells. In more recent years, Dr Liu and her team are working on discovering and unravelling gettering (impurity removal) effects and mechanisms associated with commonly used dielectric films (for example, silicon nitride and aluminium oxide) and state-of-the-art polysilicon-based passivating contacts in silicon solar cells.

Please contact Dr Liu directly via email for possible Bachelor/Master/PhD projects.


Dr Liu received her BEng (Hon, first class) in 2010 and PhD in Engineering (Photovoltaics) in 2015, both from ANU. She has since worked as a research fellow in the solar PV group at the ANU School of Engineering. She was awarded an ACAP Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in 2018.

Activities & Awards

Dr Liu delivers guest lectures in ENGN3516-6516 Energy Resources and Renewable Technologies, on the topics of hydropower, wind energy, bioenergy, geothermal, ocean energy, and energy storage.

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