Profile picture of: Rubén Dario Costa Riquelme


Technical University of Munich

Chair of Biogenic Functional Materials

Schulgasse 22, D-94315 Straubing, Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 9421/187-470

Research Interests

Sustainable energy materials

Biogenic materials

Bio-hybrid optoelectronics

Energy conversion


Topics to speak on:

Sustainable materials and technology; energy; protein materials; bio-optoelectronics

Words of Wisdom

Safety, stability, and efficiency have been  driven our technology evolution. Sustainability is the next big challenge.


Rubén Costa got his B.Sc/M.Sc in Chemistry from the U. Valencia (Spain) in 2006. His PhD was performed at the Institute for Molecular Science at the U. Valencia where he graduated in 2010 (>30 publications and 3 awards: IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists, RSEQ Nanomatmol Prize 2010, PhD Prize 2010 by the U. Valencia). From 2011 to 2013, he was a Humboldt Postdoctoral Researcher at the U. Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU) working on nanocarbon-based solar cells (15 paper and finalist of the VI SUSCHEM post-doc award). In 2014, he got the Liebig Scholarship, heading the hybrid optoelectronics lab at FAU. Prof. Costa focused on sustainable lighting and photovoltaic. In 2017, he moved part of his group to IMDEA Materials (Spain) and he further expanded it to the U. Waseda (Japan) as Associate Professor in 2018. Since 2020, he is the head of the Chair of Biogenic Functional Materials at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). He is a well-reputed scientist in hybrid optoelectronics as highlighted by his academic achievements: >150 papers (>110 as corresponding; >7300 citations (>4500 since 2017); 5 patents since 2015; 1 edited book; 38 awards/fellowships (25 since 2016); h-index of 49. His research is underlined by social media (Spanish, German, English, Chinese, Japanese, Arab, etc.) and several awards.


RSC Materials Chemistry Division Horizon Prize: Stephanie L Kwolek Award 2021

FPdGi research award 2020

FEMS Materials Science & Technology Prize by the Federation of European Materials Societies (FEMS) 2019

Young Scientists 2018 by the World Economic Forum (WEF) 2018

European Innovator (Pioneer) 2017 under 35 by the MIT Technology Review 2017

Silver Medal European Young Chemist Award 2016 by the European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences (EuChemMS)