Jephias Gwamuri, PhD

Zimbabwe | Fulbright S&T awardee 2012 | Michigan Technological University | Material Science and Engineering

jephias-gwamuriJephias Gwamuri received his PhD degree in Material Science and Engineering from Michigan Tech in August 2016. His Ph.D. research was aimed at exploiting plasmonics and photonics to design and fabricate plasmonic – metamaterial based solar cells. In this project he explored to what extent it is possible to manage the solar radiation efficiently using plasmonic metamaterial perfect absorbers integrated in hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H)-based solar photovoltaic devices. He also received his first degree from Cuba in Physics and Electronics. He completed his master’s in Lasers and Applied Optics at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Zimbabwe during which time he went to University of Cape Coast, Ghana as an International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) research fellow. He then joined the department of Applied physics NUST as a faculty member in 2005. Jephias coordinated a number of projects including the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) funded RAF-8040 Zimbabwe project and the Regional Environmental Initiative Network (REIN) – Africa funded Biofuels Project. He has co-authored several research articles, technical reports, a policy brief and a contribution to a book chapter.

Dr. Gwamuri has received some awards towards his research work including the ICTP-African LAM network award, The Most Outstanding Scholar Award (Michigan Tech) and the researcher of the year award at NUST 2011. He joined Professor Joshua Pearce’s Michigan Tech’s Open Sustainability Technology [MOST] Research Group in August 2012 as an S&T international Fulbright fellow were he became the group specialist in thin film characterization using the Variable Angle Spectroscopy Ellipsometry (VASE), SEM, AFM and the X-ray Diffraction (XRD) techniques. His current research activities includes; low cost Open-Source 3D printing, and Solar PV devices fabrication and characterization, novel transparent conducting oxides / electrodes and energy storage materials. He is a current member of OSA, SPIE and TMS among other profession societies.


Current Affiliation

Applied Physics Department
National University of Science and Technology (NUST)
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe



PhD (2016, Material Science and Engineering) Michigan Technological University, USA
MS (2004, Laser and Optical Technology) National University of Science and Technology, Zimbabwe
BS (1996, Physics and Electronics) Instituto Superior Pedagógico “Enrique Jose Varona”, Cuba


Awards beyond Fulbright S&T

2016 Outstanding Scholarship Award | Michigan Technological University, USA


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