Seminars and Workshops

The CRC for Polymers is helping to develop highly trained polymer researchers to meet growing demand in the Australian economy for these skills.

Recent Seminars in Melbourne & Sydney

Creating new opportunities for Australian manufacturing:

Technology challenges and applications of low-cost printable solar

With declining traditional manufacturing capability, Australia urgently needs to explore alternative low-cost manufacturing opportunities; the development of inexpensive printable polymer solar cells is one such opportunity. Traditionally we think of solar cells as large heavy glass panels sitting on roofs in bright sunlight. By contrast, polymer solar cells can be thought of as a plastic laminate that can be integrated onto most surfaces, generating electricity to drive a wide variety of devices from cell phones to houses using light from any source. Indeed, transparent plastic solar laminates could even be used on light shades to “recycle electricity”.

Like many organic electronic devices, the layered structure of polymer solar cells makes them ideal for manufacture by reel-to-reel printing, opening up new opportunities for printing, engineering or packaging companies, either small or large.

This seminar highlighted recent developments in low-cost printable solar cell technology and present insights from experts into the manufacture and commercialisation of this and similar technology.


Leonie Walsh: Leonie Walsh heads the Office of the Lead Scientist. She has more than 25 years of technology leadership and product development experience with multi-national companies such as Visy, Henkel and Dow Chemical.She is the honorary President of the Australasian Industrial Research group and a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. Leonie is Victoria’s representative on the Forum of Australian Chief Scientists.

Eitan Zeira: Eitan is the Chief Technical Officer at OneSun Solar, a start up that aims to bring to market the concept of distributed manufacturing of solar panels. He has over 25 years experience in industry developing and managing new technology introductions to the market place including Konarka and joined the efforts there where he helped pioneer a roll-to-roll printing process of organic solar modules. He then helped select and transfer the process to a manufacturing facility to bring the technology to full scale manufacturing.

Paul Dastoor: Paul is Professor of Physics, Director of the Centre of Organic Electronics at the University of Newcastle and solar cell Project Leader in the CRC for Polymers. He has been developing polymer solar cells for over 18 years and has now created the largest reel-to-reel printing facility for device fabrication in Australia.

David Officer: David is Professor of Organic Chemistry in the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science at the University of Wollongong. He is the Polymer Solar Cell Program leader in the CRC for Polymers and has been producing materials for dye sensitised solar cells for more than 10 years.