Laboratory for Functional Polymers
Empa's Laboratory for Functional Polymers is devoted to the research and development of novel organic materials and polymers with unique functional properties, designed for future technological applications. Our competences include chemical synthesis, chemical and physical characterization methods as well as thin film device fabrication. In particular we are investigating organic solar cells and focus on the synthesis of organic semiconductors with strong optical absorption in the near infrared domain as well as on the structuring of thin biphasic films. A further research topic of the laboratory focuses on the development and characterization of novel elastomers to be used in electromechanical actuators. Research is focused on increasing the dielectric constant by synthesizing polar elastomers as well as by the composite approach. It is our aim to promote technology transfer and to participate in research and development projects with our industrial partners, taking advantage of our competences in polymer science and technology. We offer services to our industrial customers in the field of polymer technology, failure analysis of plastics as well as chemical and physical analysis.