Dr Niraj Lal is a Visiting Fellow at the ANU Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems. He graduated with a PhD in physics from the University of Cambridge as a Gates Scholar in 2012 researching solar cell nanophotonics, and was a Renewable Energy Lecturer at the ANU from 2012–2015. His awards include being named one of the ABC’s Top 5 Scientists Under 40 in 2016, receiving the Australian Museum’s Celestino Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Science in 2021 and the Royal Societies of Australia Piasecki Prize for Outstanding Writing on Social Change in 2022. He is currently a Senior Member of the IEEE, an academic expert for the International Energy Agency PV Task 14 Program “High penetration of PV systems in electricity grids”, and regularly communicates science in the media.
Royal Societies of Australia and New Zealand Piasecki Prize for Outstanding Writing on Social Change 2022, Australian Museum Celestino Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Science 2021, ABC Top 5 Scientist Under 40 2016, 2013 Young Tall Poppy of the Year, ACT, Gates Cambridge Scholar 2009, ANU Angus Nicholson Scholar for passion and excellence in Science 2007