Professor Kylie Catchpole

Deputy Director, School of Engineering
+61 2 612 50874

Professor Kylie Catchpole is a research leader and educator in the Research School of Electrical, Energy and Materials Engineering at the Australian National University.

She was previously a post-doctoral fellow at the University of New South Wales and the FOM Institut AMOLF in Amsterdam.  She has been awarded a Future Fellowship from the Australian Research Council and the John Booker Medal for Engineering Science from the Australian Academy of Science. She has research interests in solar cells and solar fuels as well as the broader energy transition.   

She teaches ENGN1211 Discovering Engineering, and is program convenor for the Bachelor of Engineering.  You can find out more about her work on interactive teaching on the ANU Centre for Learning and Teaching blog Interact, and as part of the iLeap program.

My research interests are photovoltaics, solar fuels and the broader energy transition.

We are currently recruiting for PhD students in this area.  At ANU PhD scholarships are very competitive and are only awarded to the top few percent of students.  If this applies to you and you have a relevant background in physics, chemistry, or engineeing please email me with your CV.

For further information visit:

Tandem perovskite research page

Solar fuels via water splitting page

Integrated energy system based on hydrogen storage page

Research Description

The quest for abundant renewable energy is currently one of the world’s greatest technological challenges.  Solar energy is by far the most abundant clean energy source available.  In order to achieve the vision of a world powered by renewable resources, we need cheap and highly efficient ways to replace fossil fuels in electricity generation and transport.  In our work we are focusing on both these areas, with the aim of creating high efficiency solar cells to help bring down the cost of solar power, and creating low cost solar fuels by using sunlight to split water.   This involves fundamental conceptual advances in our understanding of the physics and chemistry of materials and their interactions with light, in order to design and fabricate high efficiency devices.  We also need to consider how to integrate these technologies into the broader energy system, as our current system was designed around fossil fuels.  This requires high level systems thinking as well as being able to model the energy system in detail.


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