Moritz Riede

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Moritz Riede

Professor of 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 the Condensed Matter Physics Subdepartment 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 further interests include open science, support of early stage researchers as well as the special responsibility of scientists towards society.

From 2014 to 2019, I was member of the Global Young Academy, an international young academy of 200 early to mid career researchers from all disciplines who share the passion for research for the benefit for society. These five years were intensive, but I found them more than worthwhile and rewarding, and a unique opportunity for being active at the interface between research and society with an amazing like-minded group of people.

In December 2019, I joined the Scientific Advisory Board of Noble.AI, a machine learning startup in the Bay Area in California, working on accelerating research and development. In January 2020, Grey Christoforo, James Ball, Henry Snaith and I co-founded Ark Metrica, solving problems one measurement at a time:-).

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 well nearly anywhere...

As part of the physics undergraduate course in Oxford, I am teaching Michaelmas CP1 "Classical Mechanics", which Prof Neville Harnew used to teach, the the short option "S4: Energy Studies", which Prof Nick Jelley used to teach (both in the Physics Undergraduate Degree), and am involved in the new MSc Energy Studies, led by Prof David Wallom in Engineering Science.

CP1 is core part of the first year Physics undergraduate syllabus, while S4 is a short option offered every second year (2016, 2018, 2020...) for second and third year undergraduates. S4 consists of 12 lectures. Times and location for both lectures can can be found on the Physics Lecture Information Page.

The corresponding homepages (still) on Weblearn are:

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. Out of this Energy Network, the new "MSc in Energy Studies" emerged, in which I am responsible for module R3, which is - surprise - focussed on renewable energy technologies. This MSc is already using the new course system and the corresponding course homepage can be found on Canvas.

Finally, the following links, data sources and books might be of interest:

General Data

Energy Books

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