Materials for Energy Conversion


Mission We strive to solve industry-relevant challenges for sustainable energy conversion and storage technologies through materials and device innovation.

Expertise Our laboratory possesses strong competencies in the synthesis and processing of functional electronic and ion conducting materials, the characterization of their structural, electronic, ionic and thermal transport properties, as well as their integration and performance assessment in operational devices.

Research Our research aims at developing fundamental knowledge through experiment and modeling enabling new materials and processes that improve device performance, stability, cost, and sustainability. We focus on the following application-driven topics: batteries for short-term energy storage and electrochemical fuels for long-term energy storage.




May 2023: We welcome Sajad as new member of our lab.

April 2023: We welcome Cédric as new member of our lab.

April 2023: Our lab on national radio SRF in the infotainment broadcast Echo der Zeit. Listen to the podcast here.

March 2023: Congratulations to Lukas and coauthors. Their paper "Unraveling the voltage-dependent oxidation mechanisms of poly(ethylene oxide)-based solid electroyltes for solid-state batteries" was among the top downloaded articles in Advanced  Materials Interfaces 2022. Link to the paper here.

March 2023: Congratulations to our lab head Corsin Battaglia for being appointed Adjunct Professor at ETH Zurich. More information here.

March 2023: We welcome Nukorn and Jonas as new members of our lab.

February 2023: Our lab head Corsin Battaglia elected vice-president of the Swiss Battery Association iBAT. More information here.

February 2023: We welcome Thibault as new member of our lab.

January 2023: We welcome Antonino as new member of our lab.

December 2022: Kick-off meeting for the PREMISE project funded by the ETH board to establish, promote, and facilitate open data research practises within the ETH domain. More information here.

November 2022: We welcome Livio as new member of our lab.

November 2022: Our lab on national radio RTS in the infotainment broadcast Le Point J. Listen to the podcast here.

November 2022: Annual meeting of the Swiss Battery Association iBAT organized by our lab at Empa Academy in Dübendorf. More information and registration here.

October 2022: Congratulations to our industry partner Kyburz for winning the Swiss Venture Club Award 2022 Wirtschaftsraum Zurich. More informationen here.

October 2022: Congratulations to our former PhD student David for winning the 2022 Empa Young Scientist Fellowship and for winning a SNF Ambizione grant.

October 2022 Congratulations to Maximilian for successfully defending his PhD at ETH Zurich.

October 2022: We welcome Hugo as new member of our lab.

September 2022: Congratulations to Meike for getting an SNF-ANR project funded.

September 2022: Kick-off meeting for the Horizon Europe project InteLiGent focusing on high-voltage lithium-ion batteries. More information available soon.

September 2022: We welcome Maissara and Antoine as new members of our lab.

August 2022: 4th edition of the Swiss Battery Days organized by our lab at Empa Academy in Dübendorf with a special industry session on solid-state batteries organized by the Swiss Battery Association iBAT and a session on next-generation lithium-ion batteries organized by the Horizon 2020 LC-BAT-5 project cluster. More information and registration here.

Seminars and Events  


22.11.2023 09:00 Annual conference of the Swiss Battery Association iBAT, ABB Forschungszentrum Dättwil, co-organized by our lab, register here.

14.11.2023 - 15.11.2023 Battery Innovation Days, Brussels.

18.09.2023 - 20.09.2023 Swiss Battery Days 2023, Paul Scherrer Institute, co-organized by our lab, register here.

30.05.2023 11:00 Dr. Andrea Paolella, Austrian Institute of Technology, Hot pressing NASICONs and garnet ceramics for solid-state batteries, VE 102.

08.05.2023 - 11.05.2023 Battery 2030+ annual conference, University of Uppsala, Angström Laboratories, Uppsala.

21.03.2023 11:00 Prof. Dr. Ingo Krossing, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Interphase manipulation at active masses: case studies from battery applications, VE 102.

20.03.2023 11:00 Prof. Dr. Sam Cooper, Imperial College, Machine learning for advance characterization and design of battery electrodes, VE102

07.03.2023 11:00 Meinard Mächler, Enzinc, Battery on zinc microsponge technology, Akademie II.

27.11.2022 - 02.12.2022 MRS Fall Meeting, Boston, with several presentations from our lab, register here. 

14.11.2022 13:30 Prof. Prabeer Parbpanda, IIT Bangalore, Fluorophosphate class of polyanionic insertion materials for secondary batteries, VE102.

01.11.2022 09:00 Annual conference of the Swiss Battery Association iBAT, Empa Academy, Dübendorf Switzerland, organized by our lab, register here.

25.10.2022  11:00  Andreas Frölich, Migros, Salzbatterien aus der Anwenderperspektive, VE102.