Moritz Riede

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Moritz Riede

Associate Professor in Soft Functional Nanomaterials

After six years working as PostDoc and head of a junior research group at the Institut für Angewandte Photophysik (IAPP) of the Technical University of Dresden, Germany, I joined the Oxford's Physics Department as University Lecturer in May 2013. Furthermore, I am a fellow of Wolfson College. My research interests are renewable energies and energy policy in general and emerging solar technologies in particular (although there are admittedly sunnier places than the UK...).

My current research focus is on the investigation of advanced functional materials, in particular organic small molecules, for solar cell applications. All devices we make are processed by thermal evaporation of the materials in vacuum and the device architectures generally make use of molecular doping, i.e. the modification of a semiconductor's properties by a controlled addition of "impurities". Vacuum deposition and the concept of molecular doping have been two key enabling concepts for organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) that can be found in displays of many mobile phones and have started to appear in large TV screens. Although much less used in organic solar cells, these same concepts can be applied to organic solar cells with similar benefits: high control of the composition and thickness of individual thin layers, easy access to multi-layer structures (e.g. for tandem devices) and the control over Fermi level and interfaces using doping. This is an exciting area of research and organic solar cells are one potential candidate for efficient, light-weight and flexible solar energy conversion at competitive cost. If these solar cells work well in the UK, they should work nearly anywhere...

As part of the physics undergraduate course in Oxford, I am teaching the short option "S4: Energy Studies" which Nick Jelley used to teach. This short option is offered every second year (2016, 2018, ...) in the first four weeks of Trinity Term for third year undergraduates, but are open to anyone interested. The short options consists of 12 lectures. Times and location can be found on the Physics Lecture Information Page.

Speaking of "Energy Studies". Oxford has the Oxford Energy Network, linking pretty much every researcher in Oxford working on energy, from social studies to physics. Furthermore, the following links, data sources and books might be of interest:

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If you have recommendations for further energy data and its visualisation, please let me know.