Frank Nüesch graduated in physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ) in 1989. He earned his PhD in 1995 in the field of photoinduced heterogeneous electron transfer processes in dye sensitized solar cells at the laboratory of Prof. Michael Grätzel at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). In 2004 he was appointed head of the Functional Polymers laboratory at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) where he pursued research and development of organic solar cells, organic light-emitting diodes and dielectric elastomer transducers. His fields of interest encompass aggregation phenomena in thin organic films of cyanine dyes, ion effects in organic photovoltaic devices, modification of the dielectric constant of thin films by insertion of metallic nanoparticles and dipolar molecules. More recently, coating processes of functional inks have caught his interest. Since 2011 he is adjunct professor at EPFL teaching organic semiconductors and modern photovoltaics.


Scientific career

2016-2018        Invited distinguished Professor at the International Centre for Quantum and Molecular Structures ICQMS, University of Shanghai, China

2015                  Lecturer at the Materials Science Institute, University of Shanghai, China

Since 2011        Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Materials, EPFL, Lausanne

Since 2005        Lecturer at the Materials Institute, EPFL, Lausanne

Since 2004        Head of the Laboratory for Functional Polymers, Empa, Dübendorf

1999-2004        Senior Scientist at the Institute of Materials at EPFL, Lausanne

2002-2004        Lecturer for summer and winter courses at ECUST, Shanghai

2001-2002        Lecturer at the Physics Department, EPFL, Lausanne

1997-1999        Invited Scientist at the University of Rochester (NY), USA

1995-1997        Assistant and scientific collaborator at the Physics Department at EPFL, Lausanne

1991-1995        PhD thesis on the topic of Dye Sensitized Solar Cells at the Chemistry Department at EPFL, Lausanne

1985-1990        Diploma in Physics at ETHZ, Zürich. Major in experimental physics


Teaching activities

  • Master cycle in Materials science at EPFL teaching “Organic Semiconductors”
  • Doctoral school of Photonics at EPFL teaching “Modern Photovoltaic Technologies”
  • Bachelor cycle in Materials science and Physics at EPFL teaching “Thermodynamics”
  • Energy Minor within the bachelor cycle in Economy at FHNW teaching “Photovoltaics in CH”
  • Doctoral school in Materials science and Physics at EPFL “Self-assembled Monolayers””
  • Summer and winter courses at China Eastern Univ. Sci. Techn. (ECUST, Shanghai) teaching “Self-assembled monolayers” and “Photovoltaics”
  • Lecturer at the Materials Science Institute and International Centre for Quantum and Molecular Structures at the University of Shanghai, China, teaching “Organic Semiconductors and Devices”



  • Member of the board of Swiss Photonics Network
  • Member of the CSEM (Centre Suisse d'électronique et de microtechnique) advisory board
  • Member of the EDMX Doctoral School Committee at EPFL
  • Associate Editor of the Solar Energy journal
  • Guest Editor for the International Journal of Solar Energy
  • Member of the Swiss Chemical Society (SCS)