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 electromechanical elastomer actuators. 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                      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, Dübendorf, Switzerland

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

2015                      Organic semiconductors and devices (summer course, invited lecturer at the University of Shanghai)

2009                      Guest lecturer at FHNW  (Masterstudiengang “Dynamik der Energiewirtschaft”)

2006-2008            Thermodynamics (3 semesters within the Bachelor Program, EPFL)

2005-2019            Organic semiconductors (Master cycle in Materials Science, EPFL)

2004                      Organic optoelectronic devices (summer course, ECUST Shanghai)

2003                      Self-Assembled monolayers (winter course, ECUST Shanghai)

2003                      Self-assembled monolayers (1 semester, doctoral school of materials sciences, EPFL)

2002                       Organic photovoltaics (summer course, ECUST Shanghai)

2001-2002            Thermodynamics (2 semesters of undergraduate courses, EPFL)

2001                      Electronic transport in molecular materials (1 semester, doctoral school of physics, EPFL)

1996-2000            General physics and quantum mechanics (8 semesters exercise courses, EPFL)



  • 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)