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Research students

Centre for Renewable Energy research students

Mr Wen Yih Chen (Vincent)
Master's candidate
E: wen.chen@students.cdu.edu.au

Vincent Chen’s master thesis addresses waste problems in the Northern Territory, specifically green waste that is widely produced in remote areas. Waste streams include weeds that need to be periodically cleared to prevent uncontrollable wildfires.

In his thesis, Vincent explores the possibility of utilising green waste to generate electricity through pyrolysis to produce high calorific content fuels, including bio-oil and bio-gas, which are lower in sulphur content compared to fossil fuel. 


Mr Trong Thanh Dao
Master's candidate
E: s306458@students.cdu.edu.au

Trong's interest is in renewable energy, especially the energy coming from waste and the improvement of technology to transfer biomass into biofuel. Trong's current focus is on anaerobic digestion that transfers food waste to biofuel that can be used for small areas such as households, malls or farms. 


Mr Hooman Mehdizadeh Rad
PhD candidate

Hooman is studying in the field of organic solar cells with the aim of enhancing their efficiency and stability. He has been successful in fabricating organic solar cells for the first time in our laboratory under the supervision of Prof Jai Singh. He is actively working in the Organic Electronics Lab at CDU and also co-supervises engineering thesis students under the supervision of Prof Jai Singh.

Hooman received his BSc (2013) and MSc in Mechanical Engineering (2016) from Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Iran. His master’s project dealt with enhancing the efficiency of solar air heaters. 


Ms Catherine Matthews
PhD Candidate
E: catherine.matthews@cdu.edu.au

Catherine is undertaking a PhD exploring the potential for renewable energy to contribute to the local economic development and sustainable livelihoods in remote communities.

Catherine completed a Bachelor of Science with Honours, at Griffith University in 1993. Her thesis explored the potential for a range of renewable energy technologies to contribute to the Australian electricity grid. Subsequently, she worked as an International Project Coordinator, Learning Assistance Officer, Research Assistant, Tutor and Lecturer. In 1998, Catherine completed a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education and a Permaculture Design Certificate in 2008. 


Mrs Shokhida Safarova
PhD candidate
E: shokhida.safarova@cdu.edu.au

Shokhida's PhD research is focused on energy efficiency assessment of houses and urban design in Darwin. Her main research goal is to investigate the impact of modern urban design on the energy performance of residential dwellings.

Shokhida completed a Masters of Applied Science majoring in Tropical Urban and Regional Planning, at James Cook University in 2014. Following her interests in Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing Shokhida also completed a Graduate Certificate in GIS in 2014. In her master’s thesis, she assessed passive design of residential detached dwellings in the tropical climate and energy efficiency strategy in an Australian policy context. After completing her degree, Shokhida worked as a Tutor in Human Geography and a project officer. She was involved in the Tropical Sustainable Design Case Studies Project which aimed to capture and share the knowledge and best tropical expertise in built environment.