Professor Darren Bagnall joined UNSW in December 2013 as Head of the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering (SPREE). Prior to his appointment he was at the University of Southampton where he was Head of the Nano Group in the school of Electronics and Computer Science. His research has included pioneering work across a range of semiconductor devices, photonics and nanotechnologies. Including demonstration of the world’s first zinc oxide laser and the first planr chiral optical metamaterial. He is a former Chair of the UK-Solar Energy Society, and has over 130 refereed journal papers.