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Kean Khoo is a PhD student in the School of Photovoltaics and Solar Energy Engineering in UNSW. He completed his Bachelor of Engineering in UNSW in 2016. His research interest lies in the development of high-efficiency solar cells, focusing on the properties thin metal oxide structures as selective carrier contacts to improve passivation. The primary method used to conduct this research is the implementation of atomic layer deposition (ALD). ALD allows for the deposition of complex nanostructures, which opens many avenues of material investigation for the synthesis of new contacts. His research will also involve the adaptation of lab-based ALD process into an industrial pilot line.

Kean has developed a process which utilises virtual reality technologies integrated with engineering architecture buildings to improve the quality of high-performance building design further. His work allows for analyses to be conducted in virtual space, deviating from standard academic processes, to alter the perception of energy performance design. He occasionally assists university academics by demonstrating the impact of virtual reality for education, digitally uplifting teaching methods.