Dr. Elvis Shoko

Postdoctoral Fellows


After completing his PhD in Condensed Matter Physics in 2010, Dr Shoko joined the Bragg Institute at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) as a Postdoctoral Fellow working on functional materials for renewable energy. This was followed by a brief stint at the University of the Witwatersrand where he worked on a project on quantum dot solar cells. He has been a member of the Computational Physics Group at KAUST since December 2014.

Research Interests

The primary focus of my research is advanced functional materials for energy and spintronic applications.  Much of my work relies on methods based on density functional theory (DFT) with occasional excursions into effective model Hamiltonians. Specific areas of research interest include thermoelectrics, solid-oxide fuel cells, photovoltaics, hydrogen storage, and thin film magnetism.

Selected Publications

  • E. Shoko, G. J. Kearley, V. K. Peterson, H. Mutka, M. M. Koza, J.-I. Yamaura, Z. Hiroi and G. J. Thorogood, “Novel rattling of K atoms in aluminium-doped defect pyrochlore tungstate” J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 26, 305401 (2014).
  • E. Shoko, Y. Okamoto, G. J. Kearley, V. K. Peterson and G. J. Thorogood, “Novel rattling of K atoms: A new route to thermoelectric materials?” J. Appl. Phys. 115, 033703 (2014).
  • V. K. Peterson, E. Shoko and G. J. Kearley, “The effect of host relaxation and dynamics on guest molecule dynamics in H2/tetrahydrofuran-hydrate” Faraday Discuss. 151, 37 (2011).
  • E. Shoko, M. F. Smith and Ross H. Mckenzie, “Charge distribution and transport properties in reduced ceria phases: A review” J. Phys. Chem. Solids 72, 1482 (2011).
  • E. Shoko, M. F. Smith and Ross H. Mckenzie, “Charge distribution near bulk oxygen vacancies” J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 22, 223201 (2010).
  •  E. Shoko, M. F. Smith and Ross H. Mckenzie, “Mixed valency in cerium oxide crystallographic phases: Valence of different cerium sites by the bond valence method” Phys. Rev. B 79, 134108 (2009).
  • E. Shoko, B. McLellan, A. L. Dicks and J. C. Diniz da Costa, “Hydrogen from coal: Production and utilisation technologies” Int. J. Coal Geol. 65, 213 (2006).


  •  2010, PhD in Condensed Matter Physics, University of Queensland, Australia