Past News

  • February 2023: New PhD position available in the EMC: We are looking for a doctoral student in transmission electron microscopy and advanced data processing as of April 2023 or upon agreement.
  • December 2022: New PhD position available in the EMC: We are looking for a doctoral student in transmission electron microscopy of ferroelectric mulitlayers as of February 2023 or upon agreement.
  • October 2022: Dr. Alexander Vogel successfully defended his PhD thesis at ETH on 21 October 2022: Role of interfaces and structural defects in ferroelectric thin films. Congratulations! PhD thesis Nr. 7 of Empa's Electron Microscopy Group.



  • October 2022: New PhD positions available in the EMC: We are looking for two doctoral students in scanning transmission electron microscopy as of January 2023 or upon agreement.



  • Congratulations to Alexander Vogel for the Best Presentation Award for "Probing improper ferroelectricity in oxygen-deficient YMnO3 ultrathin films" at YUCOMAT Conference in Herceg Novi (Montenegro) in September 2022!



  • May 2022: Zeiss Gemini SEM 460 has been installed. User trainings will take place from mid-May onwards. 





  • April 2021: Congratulations to Trond Henninen: successful defense of his PhD work about clusters and nucleation experiments in ionic liquids!

  • December 2020: CEFID energy filter from CEOS GmbH for our Titan Themis arrived.



  • Congratulations to Dr. Marta Bon for the poster prize at "Challenges in modeling and simulations of nanoparticles in complex environments", Genova (IT), May 2019
  • Congratulations to Dr. Nicolas Bologna for his successful PhD defense: Template-assisted grown III-V semiconductor nanowires: a transmission electron microscopy study. May 2019. PhD thesis Nr. 5 of Empa's Electron Microscopy Group.




Congratulations to Trond Henninen! Poster award for "Temperature dependent quasimolten crystallinity of sub-nm Pt and Au clusters observed in 3D by fast dynamic STEM" at ELMINA 2018 in Belgrade, August 2018.

  • Roksolana Kozak successfully defended her PhD thesis at ETH Zurich on 12 July 2018: Integration of GaAs on Si Nanostructures. Congratulations, Dr. Roksolana Kozak! PhD thesis Nr. 4 of Empa's Electron Microscopy Group.


  • Congratulations! Poster prize for Debora Keller: "Gold Nanoparticle Growth in Liquid Cell Transmission Electron Microscopy" at the conference: Microscopy Characterization of Organic-Inorganic Interfaces (London, Feb. 2018)



  • New environmental SEM: Quanta 650 FEG from Thermo Fisher Scientific

       Image result for quanta 650

    User trainings start beginning 2018.


  • Here: new website for the ERC CLUSTER project with more information about our in-situ activities.

  • FEI Titan Themis: Empa's Electron Microscopy Center goes sub-Ångström. The new FEI Titan Themis has been put into operation end of 2016. The new microscope will be used for high-resolution imaging, analytics and in-situ measurements. First liquid cell measurements of nucleation reactions have been carried out successfully.

  • Dr. Rolf Erni: ERC consolidator grant to explore the early stages of cluster formation and crystal nucleation by in-situ transmission electron microscopy. Feb 2016
  • Dr. Debora Keller: successful defence of her PhD thesis at ETH Zurich: Role of nanoscale inhomogeneities in Cu(In,Ga)Se2 thin film solar cells. Jan 26, 2016
  • Dr. Gabriele Ilari: successful defence of his PhD thesis at ETH Zurich: Electron Microscopy on Tailored CNT / 3d Transition Metal Interfaces. Sept 11, 2015