Martin Green (professor)
|Born||Martin Andrew Green
July 20, 1948 
|Thesis||Properties and applications of the metal-insulator-semiconductor (MIS) tunnel diode (1974)|
|Doctoral advisor||John Shewchun|
Green was born in Brisbane and was educated at the selective Brisbane State High School, graduated from University of Queensland and completed his PhD on a Commonwealth Scholarship at McMaster University in Canada, where he specialised in solar energy. In 1974, at the University of New South Wales, he initiated the Solar Photovoltaics Group which soon worked on the development of silicon solar cells. The group had their success in the early 80s through producing a 20% efficient silicon cell, which now has been improved to 25%.
Green has published several books on solar cells both for popular science and deep research. The “buried contact solar cell” was developed at UNSW in 1984. Green also serves on the Board of the Sydney-based Pacific Solar Pty Ltd. (now known as CSG Solar), as Research Director. Green's portrait was painted with fellow scientist, Ross Garnaut for the Archibald Prize 2010. The painting was a finalist, losing to a portrait of Tim Minchin.
Awards and honours
Green has received several awards including:
- 1982 Pawsey Medal (Australian Academy)
- 1988 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Energy Research
- 1990 IEEE Cherry Award
- 1992 CSIRO External Medal
- 1995 IEEE Ebers Award
- 1999 Australia Prize
- 2000 Gold Medal from the Spanish Engineering Academy
- 2000 Medal of Engineering Excellence for Distinguished Achievement in the Service of Humanity from the World Engineering Federation (Hannover, 2000),
- 2000 Millennium Award from the World Renewable Congress
- 2002 Right Livelihood Award
- 2003 Karl Böer Solar Energy Medal of Merit Award from the University of Delaware
- 2006 Finalist, European Inventor of the Year (together with Stuart Wenham)
- 2008 Winner, 2008 Scientist of the Year Award
- 2009 Zayed Future Energy Prize finalist, recognized at the award ceremony for his ground breaking research in photovoltaic (PV) technology that will result in increased efficiencies, bringing solar energy closer to grid parity.
- 2013 Foreign Member of the Royal Society (ForMemRS) of London
His nomination for the Royal Society reads:
|“||Professor Green is cited for his extensive and distinguished contributions to photovoltaic science and technology. These include identifying the fundamental limits upon silicon solar cell performance and then leading his team to demonstrate experimental devices approaching this limit, with 25% cell efficiency now demonstrated. This is over 50% relatively higher in performance than at the beginning of his work. He has also developed innovative commercial versions of these high performance devices and pioneered the field of “third generation” photovoltaics, investigating advanced photovoltaic device concepts targeting Carnot-like solar conversion efficiencies.||”|
- "GREEN, Prof. Martin Andrew". Who's Who 2014, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2014; online edn, Oxford University Press.(subscription required)
- Green, M. A.; Shewchun, J. (1974). "Current multiplication in metal-insulator-semiconductor (MIS) tunnel diodes". Solid-State Electronics 17 (4): 349. doi:10.1016/0038-1101(74)90127-0.
- Martin Green from the Scopus bibliographic database.
- Green, M. A.; Emery, K.; Hishikawa, Y.; Warta, W.; Dunlop, E. D. (2012). "Solar cell efficiency tables (version 39)". Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications 20: 12. doi:10.1002/pip.2163.
- Zhao, J.; Wang, A.; Green, M. A.; Ferrazza, F. (1998). "19.8% efficient "honeycomb" textured multicrystalline and 24.4% monocrystalline silicon solar cells". Applied Physics Letters 73 (14): 1991. doi:10.1063/1.122345.
- Pillai, S.; Catchpole, K. R.; Trupke, T.; Green, M. A. (2007). "Surface plasmon enhanced silicon solar cells". Journal of Applied Physics 101 (9): 093105. doi:10.1063/1.2734885.
- Green, M. A.; Emery, K.; Hishikawa, Y.; Warta, W. (2011). "Solar cell efficiency tables (version 37)". Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications 19: 84. doi:10.1002/pip.1088.
- Biography on Right Livelihood Award