Dirk König

Dirk Koenig
Senior Research Fellow, IMDC Deputy Director (Research)
School of Chemical Engineering (SCE)
Contact details:

office 242, labs 144 and 150,

Tyree Energy Technology Building (map ref. H6)

Kensington Campus, UNSW


Professional Experience:

  • Research Engineer, Chemnitz University of Technology (TU), Germany; 1997 - 1999
  • DFG (German Research Foundation) PhD Fellow,TU Chemnitz, Germany; 2000 - 2003
  • Post-Doc, Super-computer based modelling of novel gate dielectrics, TU Chemnitz and AMD Europe, Germany; 2004 - 2005
  • Head of Theory and Characterization Group, Third Generation Solar Cell Dept., ARC- PV-CoE, UNSW; 2006 - 2010 [Research Fellow], 2011 - 2015 [Senior Research Fellow]
  • Deputy Director (Research) Integrated Material Design Centre (IMDC) [Senior Research Fellow]; 2015 -
  • Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Integrated Materials Design Lab (IMDL), Australian National University; 2018 -


  • Study of Control Theory, University of Hull, UK; 1993-1994
  • Engineer in Solid State Electronics and Control Theory (University Diplom - Dipl. Ing(EE)), top 1st class honours, TU Chemnitz; 1997
  • Rigorosum and Defense of PhD thesis, Magna Cum Laude (1st Class Honours) to Dr. rer. nat. (Ph), TU Chemnitz; 2004

Research Interests:

  • Theory and Modelling of
  1. novel/alternative materials for Si-based quantum structures and VLSI devices
  2. quantum physics and chemistry of the atomic bond, resulting substitutional and interface effects
  3. high -non-equilibrium carrier dynamics, in particular referring to hot carriers
  4. practicable test structures and realistic materials for hot carrier solar cells
  5. passivated contacts and field effect passivation of Si surfaces
  • Characterisation in solid state and semiconductor physics to verify theoretical results
  • Testing, extending and inventing characterization techniques such as oa-IV
  • Concepts and practical realisation of novel structures and devices for PV and VLSI

Research Contributions:


  • Total joint funding since 2005 ~AU-$ 28.9M, funding as chief investigator ~AU-$ 5.8M


Honours, Awards:

  • DFG doctoral fellowship; 2000 - 2003
  • Equipment and Material Grant of the Founder’s Society for German Science (Stifterverband der Deutschen Wissenschaft); 2002 - 2003
  • 2009 MREII award
  • 2011 MREII Award
  • 2012 Go8-DAAD Award
  • 2014 Go8-DAAD Award
  • 2015 UNSW Blue Sky research award (with Dr. Binesh Puthen-Veettil)
  • 2016 UA-DAAD Award
  • 2018 Theodore-von-Kármán Fellow of RWTH Aachen University, Germany