Dr Niraj Lal is an Australian Solar Institute Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems at The Australian National University. Niraj graduated in with a BSc in physics from the Distinguished Scholar Program at the ANU in 2007, winning the Angus Nicholson Honours Scholarship for passion and excellence in science.
He then travelled to Western Australia where he worked as a bicycle courier in Perth, and then as a science presenter across regional and remote WA with Scitech. In 2009 Niraj was awarded a Gates Scholarship and a UK Overseas Research Studentship to study for a PhD in physics at the University of Cambridge, from which he graduated in 2012.
He has appeared on BBC's Naked Scientists Radio, spoken as an invited speaker at two international conferences, taught science at all levels from pre-school to post-graduate, and published papers across the fields of physics, chemistry and nanotechnology.
His interests are in nanophotonics for solar cell applications and science communication.