Allen Barnett

Associate Editor


University of New South Wales School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering Faculty of Engineering
Tyree Energy Technologies Building
Room 106 (H6)
Sydney NSW 2052

Phone: 61 2 9385 7283
     Fax: 61 2 9385 7762



Allen Barnett (F) received his M.S. and B.S. degrees from the University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, and his Ph. D. from Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, all in Electrical Engineering. He joined the School of Photovoltaics and Renewable Energy Engineering, The University of New South Wales, Sydney NSW 2052 Australia as Professor of Advanced Photovoltaics in September 2011. At UNSW his research is focused on new high efficiency solar cell modules; thin crystalline silicon (20+%) and tandem solar cells on silicon (30+%). He joined the University of Delaware in 1976 as Director of the Institute of Energy Conversion and Professor of Electrical Engineering. He left UD in 1993 to devote full time to AstroPower, Inc, which became the largest independent solar cell manufacturer and the 4th
largest in the World. He returned to UD in 2003 and was Executive Director, Solar Power Program; Research Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; and Senior Policy Fellow, Center for Energy and Environmental Policy at the University of Delaware, Newark Delaware.  Barnett has supervised 27 Ph.D. theses including 7 Ph.D.s and 3 M.S. degrees completed in 2011.  He currently supervises 13 Ph.D. students.

He is a Fellow of the IEEE.  he received the IEEE William R. Cherry Award for outstanding contributions to the advancement of photovoltaic science and technology and the Karl W. Böer Solar Energy Medal of Merit.  He is on committees for the two largest photovoltaic conferences.  he has more than 290 publications, 28 U.S. patents and 7 R&D 100 Awards for the new industrial products.  He actively consults for government agencies, institutional investors, and private companies. He was named one of "The 50 Most Influential Delawareans (State of Delaware) of the Past 50 Years" in 2012.