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Dr. Baohua Jia awarded 2010 Victoria Fellowship

Friday September 24 2010

Congratulations to CMP senior research fellow Dr. Baohua Jia who has been awarded a 2010 Victoria Fellowship from the Victorian state government. The Fellowship, worth $18,000 was awarded to Dr. Jia for her thin film photovoltaic technology (PV), NanoPlas, which when placed over solar cells enables them to efficiently convert solar energy into electricity.

Dr. Jia is one of six young Victorian scientists to win a prestigious Victoria Fellowship. She received the Fellowship on Monday 13 September 2010 at a gala function at Government House from the Governor of Victoria, Professor David de Kretser, AC.

The Victoria Fellowships, were first awarded by the Victorian Government in 1998, to recognise young researchers with leadership potential and to enhance their future careers, while developing new ideas that could offer commercial benefit to Victoria.

The Victoria Fellowship will further the work of the Victoria-Suntech Advanced Solar Facility at Swinburne, a $12 million program jointly funded by the Victorian Science Agenda Investment Fund from the Victorian Government, Swinburne University and Suntech.

Jia will use her fellowship to travel to China to work with Suntech, the world's largest solar PV manufacturer, to build the new solar cells with the best solar technology available and position it for worldwide commercial release.