Tributsch Helmut
Prof. Dr. Helmut Tributsch
1943-1961 Grown up in a small mountain village in Friuli, Italy, school attendance in Villach, Austria
1961-1967 Technical University of Munich, study of physics and physical chemistry, diploma examination 1967
1968 Ph.D. thesis on mechanisms of dye solar cells, with excellence (with Prof. Gerischer)
1969 Robert Luther Award of the German Photographic Society
1969-1971 Postdoctoral research on dye solar cells operating with chlorophylls, University of California, Berkeley, USA (with Prof. M. Calvin)
1972-1973 Universidad de Chile and Instituto Technologico de Chile (applied research in copper mining)
1974-1977 Fritz-Haber-Institut of Max-Planck-Society, Berlin
1978 Guest Scientist, Institute for Molecular Science, Okazaki, Japan
1979-1981 Guest Scientist (Heisenberg-Fellow) at the Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris (Meudon)
1982 Full professor for Physical Chemistry, Free University Berlin, until retirement 2008, and head of the department “Solare Energetik” at the Hahn-Meitner-Institut / later Helmholtz Centre for Materials and Energy Berlin
1985-1986 Walter-Schottky-Professor, Stanford University, USA
1987-1997 Founding member and member of the Board of Directors of EUROSOLAR with focus on energy politics for a sustainable energy-economy
1993, 1998 2001, 2006 Guest Scientist, Dept. of Chemistry, University of California, Santa Cruz (USA); University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa; Universidad de La Laguna, Spain; University of Madras, India (Sir Raman Prof.); CSIRO, Perth, Australia; University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
2008 Retirement from Free University Berlin, Department Biologie, Chemie, Pharmazie, Berlin, Germany and from Helmholtz-Centre Berlin for Materials and Energy. Moving to home farm in Friuli, Italy
2010  to present Teaching in the master program “Biomimetics in Energy Systems” at the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, Villach, Austria
2011 Heinz Gerischer Award of the Electrochemical Society (ECS)
Research on solar energy conversion with main activities in:
Photoelectrochemistry, photoelectrolysis of water, photovoltaic hydrogen generation and photocatalysis, new solar energy and nano-materials, solar cells, especially nano-solar cells and dye solar cells, interfacial and surface analytical techniques applied to energy converting interfaces, non­linear and cooperative mechanisms of photon energy conversion, solar powered chemo­synthetic pathways and bioenergetic mechanisms. Bionic (bio-analogue) strategies for energy technology.
  More than 400 scientific publications, 10 books on energy and on natural phenomena