Staff Information
Senior Lecturer, Physics
Physical and Biological Sciences
Private Bag 20157 Kabarak

Dr. Phillip Wilfsen Otieno NYAWERE is a PhD holder in Computational Materials Physics of University of Eldoret, Kenya and trained at International Centre for Theoretical Physics – Trieste, Italy. His interests include Perovskite Materials for Superconductivity, Solar Materials and Energy related Materials. He has trained and graduated many undergraduates in Education, Physics and BSc. He has supervised several MSc and PhD Physics students. He has also published in several peer reviewed scientific journals.

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  • Ph.D. (Computational Materials) at University of Eldoret/ICTP Trieste Italy (2010 to 2013).
  • Moi University, Eldoret Kenya (2002-2007) M.Phil (Theoretical Physics).
  • Kenyatta University, Nairobi Kenya (1993 – 1997) BSc (Physics & Mathematics)
  • Research Fellow at The Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics, Trieste Italy June 2009 to December 2011 (Six months each year)
  • Computational Simulations using Quantum Espresso Code
  • Applications of Simulations to solar materials for energy harvesting
  • May 2023 to date Head of Department - Physical and Biological Sciences Department, Kabarak University
  • September 2019 to date: Senior Lecturer (Physics), Kabarak University, Nakuru, Kenya
  • March 2015 – September 2019: Lecturer (Physics), Rongo University, Rongo, Migori, Kenya
  • May 2013 – March 2015: Lecturer (Physics), Kabarak University, Nakuru, Kenya
  • April 2010 – April 2013: Assistant Lecturer, Kabarak University, Nakuru, Kenya
  • February 2006 – March 2010: Senior Technician – Physics, Kabarak University, Nakuru, Kenya
  • Superconducting Materials
  • Solar energy materials and
  • Water Splitting for energy source
  1. Nyawere P.W.O and Khanna K.M. “Specific heat Jump and Transition temperature for La2-xBaxCuO4, Bi2Can-1SrnCunO2n+3 and Tl2Can-1Ba2CunO2n+3(2n+4) superconductors” Indian journal of Pure and Applied Physics, Vol. 49, September 2011. http://nopr.niscpr.res.in/handle/123456789/12594
  2. Nyawere P.W.O, S.Scandolo, N.W. Makau and G.O. Amolo “Ab initio study of defect and migration energies of barium fluoride)” (Solid State Communications 179 (2014) 25-28). http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ssc.2013.11.017
  3. Nyawere P.W.O,  N.W. Makau and G.O. Amolo “Ab initio study of elastic constants of the cubic, orthorhombic and hexagonal phases of BaF2” (Physica B 434(2014) 122-128) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.physb.2013.10.051
  4. Nyawere P.W.O. , N.W. Makau and G.O. Amolo “Ab initio calculations of electronic and mechanical properties of orthorhombic phase of BaF2 (The African Review of Physics (2015).
  5. Elicah Nafula Wabululu, P.W.O. Nyawere, Daniel Barasa Bem Scientific Research Through Simulation in Africa: Role of HPC in Computational Material Studies”(International Journal of Material Science and Applications 2017, 190-192) https://doi.org/10.11648/j.ijmsa.20170604.14   
  6. Elicah Nafula Wabululu, P.W.O. Nyawere, Daniel Barasa Bem “First-principles calculations of Structural, Electronic and Elastic Properties of Tysonite LanthanumFLuoride (LaF3)” (Quest Journal of Research in Environmental and EarthScience vol. 64 no. 01, 2018 pp 36 – 40)
  7. P.W.O. Nyawere, “Parameterized Empirical Potential for BaF2 from Ab initio Methods Applied to the Study of Superionic Transition of c-BaF2” (Journal of Multidisciplinary Engineering Science and Technology vol. 5 issue 12 December 2018 pp 9157 – 9161).
  8. Truphena J. Kipkwarkwar, P.W.O. Nyawere and C.M. Maghanga “Ab initio Study of Electronic Structure Properties of Lead Halide Perovskites for Optical Performance of Solar Cell” (Conference Proceedings of Kabarak University International Conference on Basic Sciences 17th – 18th September 2019 pg 45-53) 
  9. Jared Agora, Calford Otieno, P.W.O. Nyawere and George S. Manyali “Ab initio study of pressure induced phase transition, structural and electronic structure properties of superconducting perovskite compound GdBa2Cu3O7-x” (Computational Condensed Matter Vol 23 (2020) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cocom.2020.e00461
  10. P.J. Jomo, C.O. Otieno and P.W.O. Nyawere “Ab Initio High-Pressure Study of Semiconductor-Metal Phase Transition of the Chalcogenide Compound KPSe6”(Hindawi Advances in Condensed Matter Physics Vol 2020 ID 3407141 9 pages https://doi.org/10.1155/2020/3407141).
  11. N.K. Omboga, C.O. Otieno, P.W.O. Nyawere First Principle Study of the Mechanical Properties and Phonon Dispersion of the Iron Pnictide Compound EuFe2As2The Scientific World Journal Volume 2020 ID 598607, 6 pages https://doi.org/10.1155/2020/5986073
  12. Truphena J. Kipkwarkwar, P.W.O. Nyawere C.M. MaghangaFirst-Principles Calculations to Investigate the Mechanical Structure and Optical Properties of Lead Halide Perovskite CH­­3NH3PbI3(Hindawi Advances in Condensed Matter Physics Volume 2022, Article ID 1565268, 9 pages https://doi.org/10.1155/2022/1565268)
  13. Jared. O. Agora, Calford Otieno, Philip W.O. Nyawere, and George S. Manyali “Elastic behavior, pressure-induced doping and superconducting transition temperature of GdBa2Cu3O7-xJournal of Physics Communications 2021 https://doi.org/10.1088/2399-6528/ac438c.
  14. Jasmine Wakini, Carolyne Songa, Stephen Chege, Felix O. Saouma, Elica Wabululu, P.W.O Nyawere, Victor Odari, James Sifuna, and George S. Manyali ‘’Low Born effective Charges, High Covalency and Strong Optical Activity in X3+2 Bi3-N3- (X=Ca,Sr,Ba) inverse-perovskite’’arXiv:2203.00359vl[cond-mat-mtrl-sci]1 March 2022.
  15. Perpetua Chemaoi, P.W.O. Nyawere, C.M. Maghanga “First-principles Study of electrinic properties of Dimethyl-ammonium Tin Triidostantate (II) Perovskite for Photovoltaic application in Solar Cell. (International Journal of Applied Physics http://www.internationaljournalssrg.org/IJAP/paper-details?Id=166
  16. David Maina Njuguna, P.W.O. Nyawere, Elicah Wabululu First Principles Calculation of Elastic and Electronic Structure Properties of Hexagonal Antiperovskite type Carbide XCC3 (X = Al, Ga or Zn) Materials’ Kabarak Journal of Research and Innovation Vol 3 Issue 2 March 2023 Link http://ojs.kabarak.ac.ke/index.php/kjri/article/666
  17. Mochama Victor Samuel, Calford Otieno, Phillip Nyawere ” Density Functional Study of Mechanical, Electronic and Pressure Induced Phase Transition Properties of CaFe2As2

    Open Journal of Microphysics, 2023, 13, 36-51 https://doi.org/10.4236/ojm.2023.133004

  18. Kennedy Juna Wanyama, P.W.O. Nyawere, James Sifuna ”An ab Initio Study of Mechanical and Electronic Properties of Stable Phases of CsXBr3 (X = Ge, Si) Compounds for Solar Cell Applications” Open Journal of Microphysics, 2023, 13, 15-26 https://doi.org/10.4236/ojm.2023.132002

  • 3rd Kabarak University International Conference – October 2013 Abstract Title “Ab initio Calculations of the Electronic and Mechanical Properties of Orthorhombic Phase of BaF2
  • 5th African School on Electronic Structure and Materials, October 2018 Addis Ababa, University of Science and Technology. Attended as a Tutor.
  • African School on Electronic Structure and Materials (ASESMA) 19th – 30th July 2010 Muizenberg, Cape Town South Africa.
  • 2nd African School on Electronic Structure and Materials (ASESMA) 28th May, 2012 – 9th June, 2012 Chepkoilel University College, Eldoret Kenya.
  • Research Fellow at The Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics, Trieste Italy

       June 2009 to December 2011 (Six months each year). This was a sandwich program for PhD Research.

  • Classical Mechanics
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrodynamics
  • Solid State Physics
  • Geophysics
Masters Level:
    • Truphena Kipkwarkwar MSc Theis Title: “Computational Modeling of Lead-Halide Perovskites for Photovoltaics” (Graduated on 17th December 2021).
    • Perpetua J Chemaoi MSc Thesis Title: ”Computation of the Properties of Tin Halide Perovskite for Photovoltaic Application in Solar Cells” (Graduated 16th December 2022).
    • Naomy Kerubo Omboga MSc Title: "Ab-initio study of electronic and mechanical structure properties and phase changes of the superconducting iron pnictide EuFe2As2" (Successfully defended awaiting graduation at Kisii University in Dec 2023)
    • Maina Njuguna David MSc Title: ‘Ab intio calculations of electronic and superconductivity properties of cubic Antiperovskite materials AXCR3 (X=C OR N, A=Zn, Ga, Al). (Successfully Defended MSc in Physics in Kabarak University)
PhD Level:
    • Elicah Nafula Wabululu PhD Thesis Title: First Principle Study of Electronic and Mechanical Properties of LaF3 and BaF2;La (Graduated on 19/12/2020 at Kenyatta University).
    • Jared Omari Agora PhD Thesis Title: Theoretical Characterization of the Structural, Electronic and Mechancial Properties of Superconducting GdBa2Cu3O7-x (Awaiting graduation Kisii University 2023)
  • Member of Physics Society of Kenya (PSK)
  • Computational Physics Research Group of University of Eldoret – Eldoret
  • BioCosmos Kenya 2022

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