Mmantsae Diale


Research Group

Solar Energy Research

Contact Information

Office 5-7
Natural Sciences Building
Main Campus
University of Pretoria

Tel: 012 420 4418
Email: [email protected]




PHY 153 (Kinematics, Dynamics, Simple Harmonic Motion and Waves)
Physics of Schottky Barrier Diodes
Physics of Solar Cells
Plasmonic Effects

Research Interests

Inversion layer solar cells, Fe2O3 PEC, Metal oxides, Light harvesting devices, Plasmonics, Bio-Nano, Optical Admittance Spectroscopy, Ultrafast Spectroscopy and XPS

Brief CV

Mmantsae Moche Diale obtained her B.Sc. (Education) in Physics and Mathematics from North West University (Mafikeng), BSc Honours in Physics at Sefako Makgatho University. The MSc dissertation entitled "A study of silicide formation using Ta markers" was supervised by Profs Craig Comrie from the University of Cape Town and Prof JW Mayer at Arizona State University (USA). The degree was awarded with distinctions, after a publication in Applied Physics Letters, entitled "Cobalt self-diffusion during cobalt silicide formation", at MEDUNSA. The PhD Thesis entitled "Schottky barrier diode fabrication on n-GaN for ultraviolet detection" was awarded by the University of Pretoria after three publications, under the supervision of Prof Danie Auret. Postdoctoral studies with Prof Auret followed on defects studies of ZnO using DLTS and LDLTS, in collaboration with Prof Francis Ling of the University of Hong Kong. Current research in Diale's laboratory is on solar energy conversion from materials development to device fabrication.

Latest Publications

1. M Diale, AS Erickson, D Cahen, 1st Africa PV conference, March 2014 proceedings
2. A Braun, M Diale, T Huthwelker, J van Bokhoven, Synchroton Radiation News, Meeting Reports 29(1) (2016) 13
3. AT Paradzah, FD Auret, MJ Legodi, E Omotoso, M Diale, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B 358 (2015) 11116
4. K Maabong, Y Hu, A Braun, AGJ Machatine, M Diale, Journal of Materials Research, (2016) 1
5. SM Tunhuma, FD Auret, MJ Legodi, M Diale, Journal of Applied Physics, 119 (2016) 145705

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