Senior Lecturer, College Of Natural And Applied Sciences

BSc(Ed.), MSc (Physics) University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania PhD (Physics) Sandwich – University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Uppsala University, Uppsala Sweden.


Astrophysics, Mechanics, Electromagnetism, Quantum Physics, Vibrations, waves and Optics, Solid State Physics, Renewable Energy, Solar Cell Technology, Thermodynamics, Electronics, Nanotechnology.


Materials for solar energy applications. In particular, thin films for static/smart architectural window applications, thin film solar cells, selective absorbers as well as solar energy systems (including solar photovoltaic systems, and solar thermal systems).


  1. Materials Science and Solar Energy funded by the International Science Programme (ISP)
  2. Solar Cooking in Tanzania: Removing Technical Barriers funded by Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH)
  3. Metrology for All: Strengthening partnerships funded by BATH University
  4. Solar Cooking for Institutions as one of the alternatives for inefficient and Polluting Cooking Technologies funded by University of Dar es Salaam


  1. NR Mlyuka, GA Niklasson, CG Granqvist, 2009 Mg doping of thermochromic VO2 films enhances the optical transmittance and decreases the metal-insulator transition temperature. Applied physics letters 95 (17), 171909
  2. NR Mlyuka, GA Niklasson, CG Granqvist 2009 Thermochromic multilayer films of VO2 and TiO2 with enhanced transmittance. Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells 93 (9), 1685-1687
  3. CG Granqvist, PC Lansåker, NR Mlyuka, GA Niklasson, E Avendano 2009 Progress in chromogenics: New results for electrochromic and thermochromic materials and devices. Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells 93 (12), 2032-2039
  4. NR Mlyuka, RT Kivaisi 2006 Correlation between optical, electrical and structural properties of vanadium dioxide thin films. Journal of materials science 41 (17), 5619-5624

Recent Publications:

1. ER Ollotu, JS Nyarige, NR Mlyuka, ME Samiji, M Diale, Properties of ITO thin films rapid thermally annealed in different exposures of nitrogen gas. Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics 31 (19), 2020, 16406-164139.1.21

2. Egidius Rutatizibwa Rwenyagila, Ismael Makundi, Nuru Mlyuka Margaret Samiji,  Impact of mechanical activation of reactant powders on the solid-state-densification of Zn1-x LixO and Zn0.7Li0.28Mg0.02O ceramics. Results in Materials, 100198, 2021.

3. Emmanuel R Ollotu, Nuru R Mlyuka, Margaret E Samiji, Effects of Rapid Thermal Annealing on the Properties of Room-Temperature Oxygenated DC Sputtered Zinc Thin Films for CZTS Solar Cells Application. Tanzania Journal of Science 47(2): 637-647, 2021

4. ER Rwenyagila, IN Makundi, NR Mlyuka, ME Samiji, Dielectric anomalous peaks accenting ferroelectricity prospects of Li and Mg co-doped ZnO ceramics. Results in Materials, 100226, 2021

5. LP Mwakyusa, NR Mlyuka, ME Samiji Boron Doped ZnO Films Deposited by DC Reactive Sputtering Using Zn: B Target: Influence of the Deposition Temperature on the Structural, Electrical and Optical Properties. Tanzania Journal of Science 48 (1), 148-155, 2022

  1. Materials Science and Solar Energy network for Eastern and Southern Africa (MSEESA)
  2. Tanzania Physical Society
  3. Astronomy and Space Science Association of Tanzania (ASSAT)


CG Granqvist, GA Niklasson, NR Mlyuka. Thermochromic material and fabrication method. US Patent 8,889,219