Dr Matt Stocks

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PhD ANU 1994-1998
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Dr Matthew Stocks has more than 20 years reserarch and development experience in renewable energy and photovoltics.

Since returning to ANU in 2013, I have been CI on several ARENA funded research projects, all examining aspects of renewable energy generation.  These span from high efficiency solar cell concepts, including silicon based IBC solar cells and tandem solar cells comprising perovskites or GaAs with silicon as the lower bandgap device and through to studies supporting high penetration renewables including 100% renewable energy and sustainable transport.

I have extensive experience in research and development, and commercialisation of silicon photovoltaics.  From 2000-2012, I was involved in the development, technical transfer and subsequent large scale manufacture of the ANU invented SLIVER technology.  I drove the development of the cell manufacturing process at ANU from idea through to proof of concept.  In 2003, I then joined Origin Energy for the design and build of the pilot facility as Process Engineering Team Leader before advancing to Cell R&D manager and ultimately Chief Technologist, overseeing the full suite of SLIVER technology R&D.  I continued in this role when the joint venture Transform Solar, between Micron and Origin, was formed and manufacturing moved to the US.  SLIVER commercialisation was a major endeavour for Origin and partners with over $250M in expenditure, with more than $7M in royalties flowing to ANU.  My development activities spanned the full breadth of SLIVER development, from silicon material refinement through to new product development and certification testing.  Origin’s continued investment was dependent on the successful R&D activities I lead.  

From 1994-1998, I undertook my Doctor of Philosophy Studies in the Department of Engineering at the Australian National University under the supervision of Professors Andrew Blakers and Andres Cuevas.  My dissertation was titled “High Efficiency Multicrystalline Silicon Solar Cells”.  This work encompassed a broad range of skills including modelling, characterisation and process development and device manufacture.  I was heavily involved in the development of quasi-steady state photoconductance measurement which is now the most widely used minority carrier lifetime technique in research and industry.  My PhD studies formed the basis for deep understanding of silicon photovoltaic technology.

High penetration of renewable energy in electricity networks

Renewable energy policy

Pumped Hydro Energy Storage

High efficiency silicon devices, including IBC and SLIVER solar cells

Tandem solar cell energy yields

GaAs cells for concentrators and tandem devices

Perovskite/Si tandems


  1. A novel low-cost, high-efficiency micromachined silicon solar cell” KJ Weber, AW Blakers, MJ Stocks,  JH Babaei, VA Everett, AJ Neuendorf, PJ Verlinden IEEE Electron Device Letters 25 (1), 37-39 (2004) 
  2. Texturing of polycrystalline silicon” MJ Stocks, AJ Carr, AW Blakers Solar energy materials and solar cells 40 (1), 33-42 (1996) 
  3.  “Recombination and trapping in multicrystalline silicon”  A Cuevas, M Stocks, D McDonald, M Kerr, C Samundsett, IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices 46 (10), 2026-2034 (1999) 
  4. High minority carrier lifetime in phosphorus-gettered multicrystalline silicon” A Cuevas, M Stocks, S Armand, M Stuckings, A Blakers, F Ferrazza Applied Physics Letters 70 (8), 1017-1019 (1997) 52 citations
  5. Design, fabrication and characterisation of a 24.4% efficient interdigitated back contact solar cell”  Franklin, K Fong, K McIntosh, A Fell, A Blakers, T Kho, D Walter, Da Wang, Ngwe Zin, Matthew Stocks, Er‐Chien Wang, Nicholas Grant, Yimao Wan, Yang Yang, Xueling Zhang, Zhiqiang Feng, Pierre J Verlinden Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications (2014)
  6. Applications of the quasi-steady-state photoconductance technique” A Cuevas, M Stocks, D Macdonald, R Sinton The Australian National University Digital Collections (1998) 
  7. 65-micron thin monocrystalline silicon solar cell technology allowing 12-fold reduction in silicon usage” MJ Stocks, KJ Weber, Andrew W Blakers, J Babaei, V Everett, A Neuendorf, Mark John Kerr, PJ. Verlinden Proceedings of 3rd World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, pp184-187 (2003) 
  8.  Theoretical comparison of conventional and multilayer thin silicon solar cellsMJ Stocks, A Cuevas, AW Blakers Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications 4 (1), 35-54 (1996) 
  9. Surface recombination velocity of thermally oxidized multicrystalline silicon” M Stocks, A Cuevas  Proceedings of the 2nd World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion pp1623-1626 (1998) 
  10.  “Minority carrier lifetimes of multicrystalline silicon during solar cell processing” M Stocks, A Blakers, Proceedings of the 14th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference, Barcelona, Spain (1997) 

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ENGN6000 series courses
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ENGN6516 Energy Resources and Renewable... 18, 19, 20, 21 S2
ENGN4000 series courses
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ENGN4516 Energy Resources and Renewable... 18, 19, 20 S2

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