Dr Michael Nielsen | ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science

Dr Michael Nielsen

Associate Investigator

Michael’s research revolves around developing and understanding advanced optoelectronic devices and materials, with a focus on renewable energy applications and ultrafast spectroscopy characterisation methods. His interests include hot carriers for photovoltaics, photodetection, and photochemistry, tandem solar cells, hybrid molecular organic-inorganic systems focusing on singlet fission and triplet-triplet annihilation for up/down conversion for photovoltaic and light emitting applications, and thermoradiative diodes for night-time power generation.

He obtained his BEng (Nanoengineering) in 2011 and MSc (Electrical Engineering) in 2013 from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Dr. Nielsen graduated with a PhD in Physics in 2017 from Imperial College London (ICL) where he studied semiconductor nanoplasmonics under Dr. Rupert Oulton and Professor Stefan Maier. From 2017-2018 he remained a Research Associate at ICL. In 2018 he moved to UNSW as a postdoctoral fellow. In 2019 he was appointed a UNSW Scientia Lecturer and promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2022.

PhD in Physics, Imperial College London, 2017
MSc in Electrical Engineering, University of Alberta, 2013
BEng in Engineering Physics (Nanoengineering), University of Alberta, 2011
Centre Research Themes: 
1. Excitonic Systems for Solar Energy Conversion