Prof. Dr. Ian D. Sharp



Academic Career and Research Areas

Prof. Sharp investigates advanced semiconductors, nanostructures, and interfaces for applications in renewable energy conversion, with emphases on solar photovoltaics and artificial photosynthesis. His particular interests include explorations of the fundamentals of electronic structure and charge carrier dynamics in new and emerging semiconductors, the coupling of chemical transformations and physical properties of materials in complex environments, and new concepts in energy conversion via controlled synthesis of heterostructures and nanosystems.

Prof. Sharp (b. 1979) received a PhD from UC Berkeley, after which he became a research associate at the Walter Schottky Institute of TUM, first as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow and later as a Fellow of the TUM Institute for Advanced Study. In 2011, he moved to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (USA) as a Staff Scientist, working primarily at the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis. In 2017, Prof. Sharp was appointed to the Chair for Experimental Semiconductor Physics at TUM.


  • ERC Consolidator Grant (2020)
  • Early Career Award, U.S. Department of Energy (2016)
  • Outstanding Mentor, UC Berkeley New Experiences in Research and Diversity in Science Program (2013)
  • Carl von Linde Junior Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, TUM (2009)
  • Alexander von Humboldt Junior Fellow (2007)

Segev G, Beeman JW, Greenblatt JB, Sharp ID: "Hybrid photoelectrochemical and photovoltaic cells for simultaneous production of chemical fuels and electrical power". Nature Materials. 2018; in press: doi: 10.1038/s41563-018-0198-y.


Sharp ID, Atwater HA, Lewerenz HJ (eds.): "Integrated Solar Fuels Generators". London: Royal Society of Chemistry, 2018.


Yang J, Toma FM, Cooper JK, Favaro M, Wang C, Zhu C, Yano J, Kisielowski C, Schwartzberg A, Sharp ID: "A multifunctional biphasic water splitting catalyst tailored for integration with high-performance semiconductor photoanodes". Nature Materials. 2017; 16, 335-341.


Favaro M, Yang J, Nappini S, Magnano E, Toma FM, Crumlin EJ, Yano J, Sharp ID: "Understanding the oxygen evolution reaction mechanism on CoOx using operando ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy". Journal of the American Chemical Society. 2017; 139, 8960-8970.


Li Y, Cooper JK, Liu W, Sutter-Fella C, Beeman JW, Javey A, Ager JW, Toma FM, Sharp ID: "Defective TiO2 with high photoconductive gain for efficient and stable planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells". Nature Communications. 2016; 7, 12446.