Dr Niraj (Nij) Lal is a presenter of ABC SCIENCEY, Physics Consultant to the ARC Centre of Excellence for Exciton Science, Renewable Energy public servant in the Victorian Government, Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems at the Australian National University, and Director of First Principles. His interests are in nanophotonics for high-efficiency solar cells, transparent governance, and science communication. In 2012 Niraj ('nir-ridge' or Nij for short) graduated as a Gates Scholar with a PhD in physics from the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, and in 2016 he was named one of the ABC's Top 5 Scientists Under 40. In 2017 Nij got his first gigs on ABC TV and the Discovery Channel, and joined the Vic Department of Environment where he works as a Senior Analyst in Renewable Energy Strategy Insight and Investment.
Previous jobs include working as a bicycle courier in Perth, a tuna long-line fishing boat deckhand out of Coffs Harbour, a travelling science presenter to primary school kids across regional WA with Scitech, and Renewable Energy Lecturer at the ANU. Nij has appeared on BBC's Naked Scientists Radio, written two children's books about science, spoken as an invited speaker at international conferences and taught science at levels ranging from pre-school to post-graduate. He is the Founder and CEO of TheKnews.org - a global wisdom-sharing website, noisevssignal.org for digital protest against mass surveillance, and the Raio de Sol Community Samba Band. Niraj regularly gives public presentations about science and energy - more info can be seen at his website at nirajlal.org.
His interests are in nanophotonics for solar cell applications and science communication.