Materials for Energy Conversion

Mission We strive to solve industry-relevant challenges for sustainable energy conversion and storage technologies through materials and device innovation.

Expertise Our laboratory possesses strong competencies in the synthesis and processing of functional electronic and ion conducting materials, the characterization of their structural, electronic, ionic and thermal transport properties, as well as their integration and performance assessment in operational devices.

Research Our research aims at developing fundamental knowledge through experiment and modeling enabling new materials and processes that improve device performance, cost and reliability. We are currently working on the following application-driven topics:


September 2016 We welcome back David as member of our lab.

August 2016 We welcome Peter as new member of our lab.

July 2016 We welcome Evelyn, Francesco and Eduardo as new members of our lab.

June 2016 We welcome Wenbo as new member of our lab.

May 2016 Congratulations to Yinglu for winning this year's Goldsmid award for excellence in research in thermoelectricity.

May 2016 We welcome Marie-Claude and Benjamin as new members of our lab.

April 2016 We welcome Lukas and Matthias as new members of our lab.

March 2016 Congratulations to Remo for securing an EPSRC PhD fellowship!

March 2016 Congratulations to Alex for passing his PhD defense.

March 2016 We are proud to host the upcoming Japanese Swiss Energy Materials Workshop here at Empa -- see program for details.

March 2016 We welcome Yinglu and David as new members of our lab.

February 2016 Review on silicon photovoltaics just published in Energy & Environmental Science

February 2016 Paper on platinum thin-film electrodes prepared by AA-CVD in Adv. Eng. Mater.

January 2016 We welcome Elsa and Léo as new members of our lab.

October 2015 Congratulations to Yuri for passing his PhD defense magna cum laude!

October 2015 Congratulations to Philipp for passing his PhD defense magna cum laude!

June 2015 Yigang and Arndt's paper made the backcover of the June issue of Chemical Communications

Mai 2015 Jagoda and Santhosh's paper made the cover of the May issue of Physica Status Solidi, Rapid Research Letters

December 2014 New paper in Appl. Phys. Lett. on selective contacts for solar cells in collaboration with Australian National University.

September 2014 Management changes at Empa.

June 2014 Philipp Thiel received the award for the best scientific poster «Manganese Oxides for Thermoelectric Power Conversion» at the 18th International Symposium of the Reactivity of Solids in Saint Petersburg


20.09.2016 11:00 Marie-Claude Bay, Empa, Literature review on beta" alumina electrolyte, LA 373

13.09.2016 11:00 Stefan Dilger, Empa, Highlights, 67th Annual Meeting of the International Society of Electrochemistry (NL) and NanoGe Solar Fuels 16 (D), LA 373

30.08.2016 11:00 Stefan Dilger, Empa, Improvements in Charge Carrier Conductivity in scalable particle based Photoanodes by Hybrid Composites using MWCNTs and GO, LA 373

16.08.2016 11:00 Elsa Roedern, Empa, Highlights, 15th International Symposium on Metal-Hydrogen Systems, Interlaken (CH), LA 373

09.08.2016 11:00 Stefan Dilger, Empa, Increasing Conductivity with Carbon Nanotubes and Graphene Oxide in Composite Particle-based Photoanodes for Solar Water Splitting, LA 373

02.08.2016 11:00 Elsa Roedern, Empa, Metal Amide Borohydride Complexes as Solid Sate Ionic Conductors for Lithium and Magnesium Batteries, LA 373

26.07.2016 11:00 Francesco Pagani, Empa, Highlights, SCCER Summer School: Energy Storage in Batteries, Möschberg (CH), LA 373

19.07.2016 11:00 Evelyn Stilp, Francesco Pagani, Eduardo Cuervo Reyes, Empa, Recent Progress in Battery Research, LA 373