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Visiting Fellow at the ANU Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems, Australian National University

Dr Niraj Lal is a Visiting Fellow at the ANU Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems. His interests are in nanophotonics for solar cell applications and science communication. In 2012 Niraj graduated as a Gates Scholar with a PhD in physics from the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge. Prior to his PhD, Niraj worked as a bicycle courier in Perth and a travelling science presenter to primary school kids across regional WA with Scitech. Niraj graduated with a BSc in physics from the Distinguished Scholar Program at the ANU in 2007, winning the Angus Nicholson Honours Scholarship for passion and excellence in Science. He has appeared on BBC's Naked Scientists Radio, ABC Radio National Science Show and has written two children's book about science. He was named one of the ABC's Top 5 Scientists Under 40 in 2016 and regularly communicates science in the media.


  • –present
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Nanophotonics for solar panels, Australian National University


  • 2012 
    University of Cambridge, PhD


ABC Top 5 Scientist Under 40 2016, 2013 Young Tall Poppy of the Year, ACT, Gates Cambridge Scholar 2009