With a background in electrical engineering and sustainable energy, Maja Gajic is undertaking her PhD in mechanical engineering to investigate novel technologies for concentrating solar radiation.
PhD Engineering (Mechanical)
Novel technologies for concentrating solar radiation
I love what I do because I get to be creative and self-motivated.
After completing my undergraduate degree in electrical engineering, I studied a Master of Engineering (Sustainable Energy) because of its focus on renewable energy. My passion for this field led me to continue my studies with a PhD in mechanical engineering.
My research involves investigating novel technologies for concentrating solar radiation, particularly for use in the urban environment.
At the moment I’m investigating luminescent solar concentrators that could potentially be used as windows and facades, while also generating electricity.
I’ve found, with help from my supervisor, that there is a gap in the development of solar technologies for the built environment. There are several technologies in the research stage that have potential for commercialisation with the right materials breakthroughs.
Technology has a critical role to play in the change that our society must make to a more sustainable way of living. In the future, my research could be used to build integrated and domestic solar energy collecting devices.
All around the world there is a switch to renewable forms of generating electricity and I want to be a part of the change.