Bryce S. Richards

Prof. Dr. Bryce S. Richards

  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
    Institute of Microstructure Technology
    Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1
    76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen


Apr 2014 – (present)    Professor –
Nanophotonics for Energy
   Institute for Microstructure Technology (IMT) and Light Technology Institute (LTI), Karlsrule Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
2006–2014    Professor (since 2008), Reader, Lecturer    School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University (HWU), Edinburgh, UK
2005–2006    Australian Research Council (ARC) fellow    Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems, Australian National University (ANU), Canberra, Australia.
2002–2005    Postdoctoral fellow    ARC Photovoltaics Centre of Excellence, University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia
1998, 2000   Research engineer   Eurosolare S.p.A., Nettuno, Italy (Jul 1998, Jun 2000)
1996–1998   Research assistant
  Centre for Photovoltaic Engineering, UNSW, Sydney, Australia (contracted to Pacific Solar Pty Ltd)
1995   Research assistant   Max-Planck-Institut für Festkörperforschung (MPI-FKF), Stuttgart, Germany, Dept. of Prof. Manuel Cardona

Visiting Positions:

2012–2014    Visiting Professor    University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) and Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology (NM-AIST), Tanzania
Mar–Jul 2006    Visiting Scientist    Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zürich, Switzerland, Dept. Thin Film Physics (Prof. Zogg, Dr. Tiwari)

Tertiary Education:

2002–2005 (part-time)   Grad. Cert. in Univ. Learning & Teaching   UNSW, Sydney, Australia.
1998–2002   PhD (Photovoltaic Engineering)   UNSW, Sydney, Australia. Thesis entitled “Novel Uses of Titanium Dioxide for Silicon Solar Cells” (awarded Oct 2002)
1996–1998   MEngSc (ElecEng)   UNSW, Sydney, Australia. Thesis entitled “Optical characterisation of sputtered silicon thin films for PV applications”
1990–1994   BSc Physics   Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

Current Teaching

  • Co-director of both the Institute for Microstructure Technology (IMT) and the Light Technology Institute (LTI)
  • MSc-level teaching: “Solar Energy” lecture and tutorial; “Solar Energy Laboratory”; “Fabrication and Characterisation of Optoelectronic Devices” lecture; “Next Generation Solar Energy” seminar


Research Funding and Outputs:

  • Published about >200 articles in top-ranking scientific journals as well as many conference papers (>30 presented as invited talks), 10 book chapters, and 6 international patents
  • h-index of 56 (Google Scholar 68)
  • Third-party research funding attracted is >€20 million.
  • Prizes: i) Best paper at PVSAT4 Conference, 2008, Bath, UK; ii) Mondialogo Engineering Award 2005, Berlin, Germany; iii) 2nd prize at the Energy Globe Awards Nov 2003, Linz, Austria.
  • Member of IEEE (Senior Member), OSA (life member), SPIE (life member)


Research interests:

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, materials science or a related discipline. Our research projects are scientifically demanding and thus requires a healthy balance of both theoretical and experimental skills, as well as the ability to work effectively within a multidisciplinary and international team.

Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in: Engineering von Photovoltaik-betriebenen Wasseraufbereitungsanlagen (MSc/Diplom – Elektrotechnik)

PhD project: Atomic layer deposition of ultrathin oxide layers for photocatalytic membrane reactors

For other areas of research, a list of possible PhD scholarship opportunities can be found here: German, English

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