Tributsch Helmut
Prof. Dr. Helmut Tributsch
1943Born in Klagenfurt, grown up in a mountain village in Friuli (Italy), school attendance in Villach (Austria)
1961-1967Technical University of Munich, study of physics and physical chemistry, diploma examination 1967
1968Ph.D. thesis on mechanisms of dye solar cells, with excellence (with Prof. Gerischer)
1969Robert Luther Award of the German Photographic Society
1969-1971Postdoctoral research on dye solar cells operating with chlorophylls, University of California, Berkeley, USA (with Prof. M. Calvin)
1972-1973Universidad de Chile and Instituto Technologico de Chile (applied research in copper mining)
1974-1977Fritz-Haber-Institut of Max-Planck-Society, Berlin
1978Guest Scientist, Institute for Molecular Science, Okazaki, Japan
1979-1981Guest Scientist (Heisenberg-Fellow) at the Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris (Meudon)
1980elected fellow international of the Explorer`s Club in New York
1982Full 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
1985-1986Walter-Schottky-Professor, Stanford University, USA
1987-1997Founding member and member of the Board of Directors of EUROSOLAR with focus on energy politics for a sustainable energy-economy
1993, 1998, 2001, 2006Guest 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
2008Retirement 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 2019Teaching in the master program “Biomimetics in Energy Systems” at the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, Villach, Austria
2011Heinz Gerischer Award of the Electrochemical Society (ECS)
Researchon 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 450 scientific publications, 13 books on energy and on natural phenomena
Researchon time as a trace of energy and a universe driven by energy and time