Prosper Ngabonziza

Research & Institution

Institutional Contact

Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research

Solid State Quantum Electronics


Prosper Ngabonziza did undergraduate studies in Physics at University of Rwanda (former National University of Rwanda). He completed with cum laude, in 2010, a postgraduate diploma in mathematical sciences at African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), under the University of Cape Town in South Africa; and in 2012 a Master’s degree with cum laude in experimental physics from University of Johannesburg. He received in 2013 the S2A3 Bronze Medal awarded by the Southern Africa association for advancement of science to the best student who did a most meritorious master dissertation in a science department in South Africa. In 2016, he completed a PhD in engineering physics from University of Twente in The Netherlands, under the supervision of Prof. Alexander Brinkman and Prof. Hans Hilgenkamp. His PhD project was on topological insulators (TIs). He was combining thin film growth, characterizations and quantum transport study of TIs; in particular nanoscale electronics in superconductor-topological insulator Josephson junction devices (Nb-Bi2Te3-Nb).

Currently, Prosper works at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart, in the department of solid-state quantum electronics of Prof. Jochen Mannhart. His research at Max Planck focuses on quantum matter heterostructures fabricated from complex oxides with the goal to explore novel phenomena in devices fabricated from such heterostructures.

Prosper is a fellow of the Rwanda Academy of Science, Co-chair and founding member of the Rwanda Young Academy Association; and he holds a research associate position at the University of Johannesburg, in South Africa.

He is also actively involved in the The African Light Source (AfLS) project, as a member of the executive steering committee of the African light source foundation. AfLS project is working towards building a synchrotron light source on the African continent that will contribute significantly to the African science renaissance.

Awards & Affiliations


The S2A3 Bronze Medal awarded by the Southern Africa association for advancement of science

Best MSc Oral Presenter at the 57th Annual Conference of the South African Institute of Physics.

Lord Martin Rees Scholarship Award at African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS)

Selected to attend the Prestigious 65th Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting as Young Researcher