Dr Wallace Wong completed his PhD studies with his findings published in many peer reviewed sources, a number of significant collaborations and a track record that had attracted competitive grant funding.
After successfully applying for an ASI Fellowship last year, Dr Wong said he now has the resources to direct a small research team and take a leadership role in the development of efficient and cost effective organic solar cells.
“A career in science is challenging and the career path not always clear,” Dr Wong said. “Making the step from working within someone else’s research program to directing your own research enquiry is incredibly difficult. It’s not just about track record and your capacity to make a difference, it’s also about opportunity. This Fellowship allows me focus on my area of research expertise - organic solar cell materials – and take a leadership role in its development and application,” he said.
Dr Wong is part of the Victorian Organic Solar Cell Consortium which aims to develop low cost roll-to-roll printed organic solar cells. As the ASI Fellow in the consortium, the central theme of his research is the development of continuous flow methods for the production of organic solar cell materials.
This approach is new to organic photovoltaics (OPV) research and within the broader Australian materials research area. He is leading the way and providing the impetus to translate latent polymer based technology with demonstrated potential into a large scale technology which will provide cheaper OPVs for consumers.
Read stories and testimonials by Tranche 1 ASI Postdoctoral Fellows:
Dr Xiaojing Hao- The University of NSW
Dr Ming Liu- The University of South Australia
Dr Raphael Clady- The University of Sydney
Tranche 2 ASI Postdoctoral Fellows:
Guodong Du- The University of Western Sydney
Wensheng Yan- Swinburne University of Technology
Thilini Ishwara- The University of NSW
Philip Van Eyk- The University of Adelaide
Niraj Narsey Lal- Australian National University
Kallista Sears- CSIRO
Tranche 3 ASI Postdoctoral Fellows:
Andrew Thomson, Australian National University
Kean Yap, Charles Darwin University
Supriya Pillai, The University of NSW
Fiacre Rougieux, Australian National University
Robert Patterson, The University of NSW
Tranche 4 ASI Postdoctoral Fellows:
Wenxian Li - University of Western Sydney
Benjamin Mashford - Swinburne University of Technology
Elizabeth Thomsen - Australian National University
Soe ZIn - Australian National University
Tranche 5 ASI Postdoctoral Fellows:
Miroslav Dvorak - University of Sydney
Andreas Fell - Australian National University
Krishna Feron - CSIRO
Henner Kampwerth - University of NSW
Steven Tay - University of South Australia