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Prof. Dr. Alex Dommann

Current Position

  • Member of Directorate
  • Head of Department "Materials meet Life"
  • Head of Research Focus Area "Health and Performance"
  • Titular Professor at the University of Bern (Biomedical Engineering)


Area of Expertise
Material characterization and surface analysis with focus on X-ray techniques; material in medical technology, aging of microsystems, microelectronics and sensors; coating technologies


Memberships and Mandates in National and International Societies / Boards

  • ARTORG Center, University of Bern, Member Scientific Advisory Board
  • Adolphe Merkle Institute Fribourg, Member Scientific Advisory Board
  • Kantonsspital St. Gallen, Member Research Commission
  • ETH Domain Strategic Focus Area (SFA) "Personalized Health and Related Technologies", Member Executive Board
  • Bridge Evaluation Panel (Joint Program by Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and Innosuisse - Swiss Innovation Agency), Member
  • Swiss Academy of Engineering Science (SATW), Member
  • Swiss Crystallographic Society, Member
  • NPI-Board of the European Space Agency (ESA), Member
  • Journal of Functional Biomaterials (JFB), Member Editorial Board
  • IT'IS Foundation, Board Member



  • 2001 Technologiestandort Schweiz: Rewritable DVD
  • 1998 Technologiestandort Schweiz: Low Cost LIGA
  • 1998 Vontobel Award for Project of Particular Importance for Switzerland
  • 1997 Award of Schweizerische Vereinigung für Sensortechnik (SVS)
  • 1996 Technologiestandort Schweiz: Silicon Pressure Sensor


Teaching / Research Assignments

  • Master Course "Biomedical Engineering" at University of Bern, Lecturer
  • PhD School of EPFL, Lecturer


Curriculum Vitae

  • Professional Career
    • 2013 – present  Empa, Head of Department "Materials meet Life"
    • 2008 – 2013 VP, Program Manager for MEMS at CSEM, Neuchâtel
    • 2005 – 2008 CTO at CSEM, Neuchâtel
    • 1997 – 2004 Scientific Head of Institute for Microsystems at NTB Interstate University of Applied Sciences of Technology, Buchs
    • 1991 – 1997 Professor of Materials Research at NTB Interstate University of Applied Sciences of Technology, Buchs
    • 1988 – 1991 Postdoc at California Institute of Technology (CALTECH), Pasadena, Applied Physics Department; Research Scientist at Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), Würenlingen, and at ETH Zurich, Laboratory for Solid State Physics
  • Education
    • 1984 – 1988 PhD in Physics, ETH Zurich, Laboratory for Solid State Physics, Prof. Dr. H.C. Siegmann, "Kristallstrukturen und magnetische Eigenschaften intermetallischer Uranverbindungen"
    • 1978 – 1984 Diploma in Physics and Crystallography, University of Zurich

List of Publications (PDF)