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Dr Rachel Yu

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Ph: + 61 2 9351 3995
Fax: + 61 2 9351 7682

Ph.D., 2010, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Science
B.Eng., 2003, Tongji University (China)

2012 – present Postdoctoral Research Associate, Australian Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis (ACMM), The University of Sydney.
2010 – 2012 Research Associate, The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology.

Research Project
Dr Yu is working with Prof. Simon Ringer on “Structure-activity relationships in silicon-based photovoltaics through atomic scale microscopy”. This project aims to link measured photovoltaic properties to the insights gained from studying these materials by using a suite of nanoscale characterisation techniques, including high-resolution electron microscopy and atom probe tomography.

Research Interests
Engineering novel nanostructured materials for photovoltaic applications
Exploring cost-effective solution-based methods for photovoltaic applications
Geometry-property relationships in photovoltaic materials


  • R. Yu, Q. F. Lin, S. F. Leung, and Z. Y. Fan, “Nanomaterials and nanostructures for efficient light absorption and photovoltics”, Nano Energy 1(1), 57 (2012).
  • R. Yu, K. L. Ching, Q. F. Lin, S. F. Leung, D. Arcrossito, and Z. Y. Fan, “Strong light absorption of self-organized 3-D nanospike arrays for photovoltaic Applications”, ACS Nano 5 (11), 9291 (2011)
  • T. Ren, R. Yu, M. Zhong, J. Y. Shi, and C. Li, “Microstructure evolution of CuInSe2 thin films prepared by single-bath electrodeposition”, Sol. Energ. Mat. Sol. Cells 95(2), 510 (2011).
  • R. Yu, T. Ren, and C. Li, “Effect of triethanolamine and sodium dodecyl sulfate on the formation of CuInSe2 thin films by electrodeposition”, Thin Solid Films 518 (19), 5515 (2010).
  • R. Yu, T. Ren, K. J. Sun, Z. C. Feng, G. N. Li, and C. Li, “Shape-controlled copper selenide nanocubes synthesized by an electrochemical crystallization method”, J. Phys. Chem. C 113 (25), 10833 (2009).
  • T. Ren, Z. B. Lei, G. Y. Luan, G. Q. Jia, J. Zhang, R. Yu, and C. Li, “Fabrication of CdS–ZnS layered thin films by hydrothermal seeded growth method”, Thin Solid Films 513(1-2) , 99 (2006).

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