Prof. Dr. Alex Dommann


  • Member of the Board of Directors
  • Head of Department 'Materials meet Life'
  • Head of Research Focus Area 'Health & Performance'
  • Adjunct Professor at University of Bern (Biomedical Engineering)


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

  • CTI expert for Micro- and Nanotechnology (Commission for Technology and Innovation)
  • Member of the Bridge Evaluation Panel (joint programme conducted by the Swiss National Science Foundation SNSF and the Commission for Technology and Innovation CTI)
  • Scientific Advisory Board Member of the ARTORG Center, University of Bern
  • Member of Research Commission of Kantonsspital St. Gallen
  • Member of the Executive Board of ETH Domain Strategic Focus Area (SFA) 'Personalized Health and Related Technologies'
  • Member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Science (SATW)
  • Member of the Nanotechnology Commission of SATW
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Swiss Vacuum Society
  • Member of the Swiss Crystallographic Society
  • Member of the NPI-Board of the European Space Agency (ESA)
  • Kurator of Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems, Dresden (FhG IPMS)
  • Kurator of Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research, Potsdam (FhG IAP)



  • 2001 Technologiestandort Schweiz: Rewritable DVD
  • 1998 Technologiestandort Schweiz: Low Cost LIGA
  • 1998 Vontobel Award for the project of particular importance for Switzerland
  • 1997 Award of Schweizerische Vereinigung für Sensortechnik – SVS
  • 1996 Technologiestandort Schweiz: Silicon Pressure Sensor


Teaching / Research assignments

  • Lecturer master course 'biomedical engineering' at University of Bern
  • Lecturer PhD school at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)


Curriculum Vitae

  • Professional Experience
    • 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 the 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 the Applied Physics Department of the California Institute of Technology (CALTECH) / Pasadena (CA), Research scientist at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) in Würenlingen and at the Laboratory for Solid State Physics at ETH Zurich
  • Education
    • 1984 – 1988 Ph.D. in Physics, Laboratory for Solid State Physics at ETH Zurich, Prof. Dr. H.C. Siegmann, on ‘Kristallstrukturen und magnetische Eigenschaften intermetallischer Uranverbindungen‘
    • 1978 – 1984 Diploma in Physics and Crystallography, University of Zurich



List of Publications (PDF, 155kB)