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Bryce Richards
Prof. Dr. Bryce Richards

Phone: +49 721 608-26562

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Nanophotonics for Energy

Our group focuses on expanding the future horizons of light-based energy conversion reactions by developing the ability to control and engineer the behaviour of light on the nanoscale. Research efforts span the spectrum from developing fundamental understanding to applying this in real-world devices with a team that combines backgrounds in physics, engineering, chemistry and materials science.

Research Areas

Nanophotonic Light Management

For devices such as solar cells and light-emitting diodes the field distribution of light within the device along with its in/out coupling are important factors in efficiency. Research interests here include the scaling-up of nanostructures as well as the implementation of bio-inspired patterns to a wide range of photovoltaic technologies (organic, CIGS, silicon). more…

Third Generation Photovoltaics

Current generation photovoltaic technologies are limited by a trade-off between the number of photons they can absorb and the energy they can extract per photon. In order to achieve higher efficiencies by breaking such trade-offs, we are pursuing the following areas: i) spectral conversion (up-conversion & down-conversion); ii) hot-carrier solar cells; and iii) multiple exciton generation. more…

Advanced Materials and Optical Spectroscopy

Through advanced spectroscopy supported by simulation we pursue fundamental physical understanding of advanced materials such as organic semiconductors, quantum dots, metal organic frameworks, lead halide perovskites, and photon upconversion systems. more…

Nanostructured Energy Conversion Devices

Bringing together the above concepts, we then seek to design and fabricate devices using novel materials, structures, and processes to realize performance on the macroscopic level. Current opportunities and research challenges include fabricating devices out of Si and CIGS nanocrystals, and nanostructured waveguides for solar energy harvesting. more…

Open Positions

We are looking for ambitious, creative and self-motivated individuals to reinforce our research team. Applicants should hold an outstanding Master/Diploma or PhD degree in physics, electrical engineering, chemistry or a related discipline. Our research projects are scientifically demanding and the requires a healthy balance of both theoretical and experimental skills, as well as the ability to work effectively within a multidisciplinary and international team. A list of possible PhD scholarship opportunities can be found here: German, English

Candidates are encouraged to submit their application documents (CV, certificates, references) electronically as one single PDF file to Prof. Bryce Richards.