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Professor Julius Mwakondo Mwabora earned a B.Sc. (Physics major) and M.Sc. in Physics from the University of Nairobi (UoN) in 1990 and 1993, respectively. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Dar es Salaam in 1999. He joined the Department of Physics at the UoN in 1992 as a Graduate Assistant, was promoted Tutorial Fellow in 1994, to Lecturer in 2000, to Senior Lecturer in 2003, to Associate Professor in 2009, and to Full Professor in 2014. He was the Coordinator, Self Study Centre, UoN from 2006 to 2013. Currently, he is the Chairman & Director, Industrial Electronics Unit, Department of Physics, UoN since 2013. He has acted severally as Dean, School of Physical Sciences, UoN since 2014.

Prof. Mwabora’s stints as a visiting researcher at Graduate and Postdoctoral levels at the Institute of Energy Conversion, University of Delaware, USA under the Fulbright programme (1997-1998),  Ångström Laboratory, Uppsala University, Sweden (2001 and 2002) under the International Science Programmes, and Heterogeneous Material System Section (SE2), Hahn-Meitner-Institute (Now Helmholtz Centre for Materials and Energy  Berlin), Germany (2005 and 2009) under DAAD Fellowship exposed him to international collaboration and  multidisplinary nature of materials science, solar cells research and Energy. His current research interests are Dye sensitized solar cells, Nanomaterials for Energy and Environment, Thin Films, Materials, and Energy.


Prof. Mwabora has many years of research, teaching experience and expert advice experience to government of Kenya. To date he has supervised five Ph.D. and ten M.Sc. student theses to completion, published over thirty scientific articles in peer reviewed journals. As of 2015, Google Scholar reports over 800 citations to his work. He has given numerous invited talks and involved in Education, Science, Technology and Innovation policy issues.


Professor Mwabora was the Team Leader in Pre-Feasibility studies for Kenya’s Nuclear Power Programme under the Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board from 2012 to 2013. Currently, he is a Board Member, UoN Science, Technology and Innovation Park and the Country Liaison Physicist, International Union of Pure and Applied Physics.  

Professor Mwabora is a Member of many professional bodies including Kenya National Academy of Sciences (Currently Hon. Assistant Secretary, Chemical and Physical Sciences and Council Member), Physics Society of Kenya (Currently the Secretary), European Physical Society, and Solar Energy Network for Eastern and Souther Africa, Kenya DAAD Scholars Association, UoN Alumni Association, Institute of Physics and Fulbright Alumni-Kenya Chapter.

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