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Our interdisciplinary team gathers physicists, materials scientists, (bio-) chemists, and engineers. We are interested in understanding the fundamental electronic, optoelectronic, thermal and ionic transport processes involved in atomically-precise nanostructures and low-dimensional materials. To fabricate our structures and devices, we pioneer the heterogeneous integration of novel nanomaterials by mastering custom-made methods for nanoscale patterning and interfaces nanostructuring. We strive to master the whole competence chain from designer materials with tailored quantum properties to their application in information technology, energy conversion as well as quantum and biochemical sensing.


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Feb 05, 2021 Physiklaborant?

Our apprentices helped in the creation of a new video, which shows the possible workfields of physics laboratory assistants. See it here ... ;-)

Feb 02, 2021 Welcome Jordan!

Dr Jordan Bouaziz will be Postdoc on the Empa project "Mechanical strain-enhanced ionic- conductivity in metal oxide membranes for energy Applications", with Fabio; in collaboration with C. Cancelleri, L. Jürgens, 205

Feb 01, 2021 Welcome Wenhao

Wenhao Huang just joined our group as new PhD on the SNF project Hydronics. Welcome! & Hope you enjoy your time with us :-)

Dec. 07, 2020 Congratulation to Matthias

Congratulations to Matthias Grotevent for your SNF Postdoc.Mobility grant and we wish you a successful continuation of your career!

Dec. 07, 2020 Best Poster Award(s)!

Congratulations to Lars and Gökhan for getting the best and 3rd-best poster award at Empa's PhD symposium =) !

Sánta B, Balogh Z, Pósa L, Krisztián D, Török TN, Molnár D, Sinkó C, Hauert R, Csontos M & Halbritter A

ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 13(6), 7453-7460. 2021

Morad V, Yakunin S, Benin BM, Shynkarenko Y, Grotevent MJ, Shorubalko I, Boehme SC & Kovalenko MV

Advanced Materials, 2007355. 2021

Grotevent MJ, Hail CU, Yakunin S, Bachmann D, Calame M, Poulikakos D, Kovalenko MV & Shorubalko I

Advanced Science. (2021)

Graf M, Scheidegger P, Kupferschmid A, Looser H, Peter T, Dirksen R, Emmenegger L & Tuzson B

Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 14(2), 1365-1378. (2021)

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