Professor Anita Ho-Baillie

Professor Anita Ho-Baillie

John Hooke Chair of Nanoscience
Sydney Nanoscience Hub
School of Physics Faculty of Science
University of Sydney
+61 2 8627 8916
Professor Anita Ho-Baillie

Professor Anita Ho-Baillie is the John Hooke Chair of Nanoscience at the University of Sydney, an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and an Adjunct Professor at University of New South Wales (UNSW). Her research interest is to engineer materials and devices at nanoscale for integrating solar cells onto all kinds of surfaces generating clean energy. She is a highly cited researcher from 2019 to 2023. In 2021, she was an Australian Museum Eureka Prize Finalist and was named the Top Australian Sustainable-Energy Researcher by The Australian Newspaper Annual-Research-Magazine. She won the Royal Society of NSW Warren Prize in 2022 for her pioneering work in the development of next generation solar cells. She has been a finalist for the Australian Space Awards for various categories in 2023 and 2024. In 2024, she is the recipient of the Australian Academy of Science Nancy Millis Medal. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Physics, the Royal Society of New South Wales and the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Solar cell materials, single and multi-junction devices including design, fabrication, characterisation, device modelling

Solar cell manufacturing and applications (design integrated, terrestrial and space, solar driven electro-chemistry) including cost analysis, life cycle analysis, environmental testing and field performance evaluation.

Optoelectronic devices, hybrid and composite materials

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Research output can be found here

The Nancy Millis Medal of the Australian Academy of Science recognising contribution to science by individuals as role models for women aspiring to be research leader, 2024

Finalist, Academic of the Year, Australian Space Awards, 2023 & 2024

Finalist, Scientist of the Year, Australian Space Awards, 2023& 2024

Finalist, Academic Research Team of the Year, Australian Space Awards, 2023& 2024

Warren Prize which recognises research of national or international significance by an early- or mid-career engineer or technologist, The Royal Society of New South Wales, Australia, 2022

Finalist, Eureka Prize for Scientific Research, 2021

Vice Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Research Engagement & Innovation, University of Sydney, 2021

Top Sustainable Energy Researcher in Australia, The Australian Newspaper Annual Research magazine, 2021

Australian Research Council Future Fellowship, 2021

Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher, 2023

Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher, 2022

Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher, 2021

Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher, 2020

Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher, 2019

Finalist, The Judy Raper Award for Leadership, UNSW Faculty of Engineering 2017

Lane Cove Citizenship Award in Leadership, Lane Cove Council 2016

Australian Postgraduate Award, Australian Government 2001-2004

Supplementary Engineering Award, UNSW 2001-2004

The Photovoltaics Thesis Prize 2001

UNSW Co-op Scholarship, UNSW 1996-2000

Project titleResearch student
Undervoltage Water Electrolysis for Hydrogen EconomyEnyi GUO
Studies of functional molecules in layered perovskitesTik Lun LEUNG
2D and quasi-2D metal halide perovskites for optoelectronics and solar cell and applicationsChwen-haw LIAO
Engineering highly efficient and sustain (photo)electrocatalysts for hydrogen productionXuan Minh Chau TA
Insights and design principles for high efficiency Perovskite-Silicon tandem solar cells.Runmin TAO
Laser processing for the fabrication of perovskite solar cellsJianpeng YI


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Selected Grants


  • High performance chalcogenide processing addressing grand challenges, Baillie A, Kalantar Zadeh K, Mahmud M, Eggleton B, Zheng J, Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF)
  • The University of Sydney, Cells and Modules, Commercialising Si perovskite tandem in Australia, Baillie A, Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)/Competitive Component R&D Project
  • Variation and Accession Agreement for the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics, Baillie A, Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)/Strategic Research Initiative


  • Improving performance of tin-based halide perovskites for development of highly efficient perovskite multi-junction tandem photovoltaics, Baillie A, Abdi-Jalebi M, Mahmud M, Rashid N, Zheng J, Luo H, Dar I, Stranks S, Office of Global Engagement/Partnership Collaboration Awards
  • NSW Space Research (SRN) Pilot Project -SRN-PILOT-2022-15 - A roadmap for space photovoltaics in Australia, Baillie A, McKenzie D, Cairns I, NSW Space Research Network/Research Pilot Program
  • Versatile laser processing system for multi-disciplinary research, Baillie A, Bilek M, Venkatesan K, Huang S, Ye L, Bremner S, Eggleton B, Ekins-Daukes N, Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF)

Other Grants

Lead CI, ARC Discovery Project DP160102955 “Stable Non-toxic Organic-inorganic Halide Perovskite Solar Cells”. 2016-2018

CI and Project Manager, ARENA 2014/RND 075 “High-Efficiency Silicon/Perovskite Tandem Cells and Modules: Demonstration and Commercial Evaluation”. 2015-2019

Principal Investigator, SunShot Foundational Program to Advance Cell Efficiency Round 2 (F-PACE II) "Thin Silicon Solar Cells: A Path to 35% Shockley-Queisser Limits" 2013-2016

CI, Australian Solar Institute 2-A002 "40% Efficient Photovoltaic ‘Power Cube’ Power Tower Receiver" 2011-2016

CI, ARC Photovoltaic Centre of Excellence 2008-2010

In the media

  1. National Science Event (2023),“Dr. Karl and Friends”, 17 Aug, 2023.
  2. Sydney Ideas Event (2023), “Nanotechnology: scalable solutions for climate action”, 4 May, 2023
  3. National Science Event (2022), “Lines of Best Fit”, 15 Aug, 2022
  4. USYD Event (2021), “Live from the Lab”, University of Sydney Event, 16 August 2021.
  5. George Dodd (2021), "Advances in solar panel technology", University of Sydney News, 25 May 2021.
  6. Robyn Williams (2021), “Perovskites promise new ways of generating solar power”, ABC Radio National the Science Show at 12:05 pm on 20 Feb 2021.
  7. Marcus Strom (2020), "Sydney has the most influential academics in Australia", University of Sydney Media Release, 20 November 2020.
  8. Joe O'Brien (2020), "Energy Revolution - IEA (International Energy Agency) report predicts solar will overtake coal and gas", ABC News Mornings, Live 09:16 AEST, 14 October 2020.
  9. Marcus Strom (2020, "Sydney Nano wins $2.5m federal funding for solar energy research", University of Sydney Media Release, 2 October 2020.
  10. Antony Funnel (2020), "Building Greater Efficiency into Construction", ABC Radio National Future Tense, 19 July 2020.
  11. Stephen Lunz (2020), "Integration of Solar Cells and Flow Batteries Could Mean Better Off-grid Storage",, 14 July 2020
  12. Dr Karl Kruszelnicki (2020), “Solar PV Panels have transformed our energy mix in the 21st century. Efficiency is up and costs and carbon emissions are lower.What next?”, Shirtloads of Science Podcast: Prof. Anita Ho-Baillie and Perovskite Solar Cells (192), 28 June 2020.
  13. Graham Readfearn (2020), “Australian researchers claim world first in global race to develop better solar panels”,The Guardian, 22 May 2020.
  14. Marcus Strom (2020), “Next-generation solar cells pass strict international tests”, University of Sydney Media Release, 22May2020.
  15. Peter Hannam(2020), “Australian scientists ‘drastically improve’ new solar cell technology”,The Sydney Morning Herald, 22 May 2020.
  16. Marcus Strom (2019), “Anita Ho-Baillie announced as inaugural John Hooke Chair of Nanoscience”, University of Sydney Media Release, 20 November 2019.
  17. Eddy Meyer (2019), “Roof becomes a solar panel”, National Nine News, 14 Oct 2019.
  18. Prashant V. Kamat and Constance M. Biegel (2019), “Perovskite Stories from Around the World”, ACS Energy Lett., 2019, 4 (4), pp 879–887.
  19. Graham Phillips (2018), “Paint – If The Walls Could Talk”, Tripe M Podcast on 17 Apr 2018.
  20. Jason Foster (2017), “Solar paint: How to generate energy from any object under the sun”, pg. 120-123, The State of Innovation Report 2017 – The Relentless Desire to Advance, Clarivate Analytics 2017.
  21. Bernard Lane (2017), “Window of opportunity for solar power” The Australian, 04 Oct 2017.
  22. Cameron Jewell (2017), “The holy grail of glazing: high-insulating, energy-generating glass on the way”, 7 June 2017.
  23. UNSW MEDIA (2017), “UNSW leads the state in industry linkage grants”, UNSW Media Office 31 May 2017.
  24. Nick Whigham (2017), “This crystallised material holds the promise of revolutionary liquid solar cells”, 23 March 2017.
  25. Andy Extance (2017), “Commercial dawn approaches for perovskite solar cells”, pg. 25-28, Photonics West Show Daily, 31 Jan 2017
  26. Wilson Da Silva (2016), “Trendy solar cells hit new world efficiency record”, UNSW Media Office 02 Dec 2016.
  27. Myles Gough (2013), “Solar Partnership with Top US Universities Aims for 29% Efficient Cells”, UNSW Media Office 25 October 2013.
  28. Peter Trute (2009), “New Solar Power World Record”, Media Release, UNSW 25 Aug 2009.
  29. Heidi Couch and Alex Morales (2009), “Solar-Powered Ferries to Sail Hong Kong Harbour”, Solar Sailor Media Release & Bloomberg 30 July 2009.
  30. Peter Trute (2008), “Magic solar milestone reached”, Media Release, UNSW 4 Nov 2008.
  31. Rory McGuire, Branko Celler, David Hogg & Anita Ho (1999), “Aust Industry Snuggles up to Best Electrical and Telecoms Engineers”, Media Release, UNSW 27 Aug 1999.
  32. Rory McGuire, Branko Celler, David Hogg & Anita Ho (1999), “Project Finished Early”, Ascent Technology Magazine No.34 Sep 1999.

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