Defect control for high-performance green kesterite compound energy materials

April 28th, 2022

R&D Focus Areas:
Electrolysis, Photochemical and photocatalytic processes, Synthetic fuels and chemicals

Lead Organisation:
University of New South Wales


Start date:
May 2020

Completion date:
Estimated May 2024

Key contacts:
Professor Xiaojing Hao:

AUD$888,000 – Australian Research Council

Project total cost:

Project summary description:
This aim of this project is to unlock the potential of green and cheap kesterite energy materials for its application as a photocathode of PEC (photoelectrochemical) devices, and full kesterite tandem PEC cells for solar fuel (e.g. hydrogen, ammonia) production. This will be realized by controlling and engineering defects of kesterite for high performance PV (photovoltaic) devices and PEC devices.

Related publications and key links:

  • Fullerene grafted nitrogen and sulfur-doped graphene as catalytic-protective layer for efficient and stable CZTSSe photocathodes for hydrogen production (submitted to AFM)

Higher degree studies supported:
Three PhD students at the University of New South Wales are supported by this project.

Three ARC DECRAs at the University of New South Wales working in solar the hydrogen field are supervised by FT funded by this project.


Reviewed: April 2023