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 researchers towards society and global challenges.

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 group of like-minded 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 CP1 "Classical Mechanics" every Michaelmas Term to 1st year undergraduates and S4 "Energy Studies" every second Trinity Term (next 2022) to 2nd and 3rd year undergraduates. Additionally, I am teaching the module on renewable energies in Oxford's interdisciplinary Master of Science in Energy Systems, which is organised by the Department of Engineering Science.

CP1 is a core part of the first year Physics undergraduate syllabus and the goal of the course is to get everyone up to speed with the key concepts of classical mechanics and lay the foundation in this area. S4 is a short option offered every second year (2016, 2018, 2020...) and deals with the the main physics of energy conversion and how we use this energy in our society. Times and location for both lectures can be found on Physics Undergraduates webpage.

The corresponding homepages are:

Speaking of "Energy Studies". Oxford has the Oxford Energy Network, linking pretty much every researcher in Oxford working on energy, from social sciences to natural sciences. Out of this Energy Network, the new "MSc in Energy Studies" emerged, in which I teaching R3, which is - surprise - focussed on renewable energy technologies. This MSc is already using canvas and the corresponding course homepage can be found on there.

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.