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:


Mai 2017 We welcome Gwansik as new member of our lab and congratulate him on winning the Korean-Swiss Science and Technology Programme grant.

April 2017 We welcome Cristina, Josefa and Renato as new members of our lab.

March 2017 We welcome Kostadin as new member of our lab.

February 2017 Our lab on TV: SRF Einstein "Zukunft ohne Benzin"

January 2017 We welcome Daniel as new member of our lab.

October 2016 We welcome Lorenzo as new member of our lab.

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.

Dr. Corsin Battaglia

Dr. Corsin Battaglia

Head of Laboratory

Phone: +41 58 765 4131

Daniela Isler-Schmid

Daniela Isler-Schmid

Administrative Assistant

Phone: +41 58 765 4871



02.05.2017 11:00 Evelyn Stilp, Empa, Highlights Li-Ion Cell Production Seminar, LA 373

11.04.2017 11:00 Francesco Pagani, Empa, Electrochemical Stability of LGPS and LLZO Solid electrolytes, LA 373

28.03.2017 11:00 Dipan Kundu, ETHZ, Secondary batteries enabled by reversible Zn ion intercalation, LA 373

14.03.2017 11:00 Christian Leinenbach, Empa, Phase diagrams – road maps in materials design, LA 373

14.02.2017 11:00 Léo Duchêne, Empa, Monolithically integrated photo-rechargeable power sources. David Reber, Empa, Hydrate-melt electrolytes, LA 373

07.02.2017 11:00 Eduardo Cuervo Reyes, Empa, Explanation of Non-Arrhenius Conductivity in ionic conductors, LA 373

31.01.2017 11:00 Lorenzo Pusterla, Empa, Kinetics of Carbothermal Reduction of Magnesium Oxide, LA 373

24.01.2017 11:00 Peter Rickhaus, Empa, Status thermoelectric modules. Lorenzo Pusterla, Empa, Status Electra IV. LA 373 

17.01.2017 11:00 Leo Duchene, Empa, Impedance measurements on borohydrides. Marie-Claude Bay, Empa, Impedance measurements on beta alumina. Guest Michael Rawlence, impedance measurements on thin films. LA 373

10.01.2017 11:00 Cancan Huang, Guest from Uni Bern/Harvard, Molecular electronics: from single molecule to devices, LA 373

20.12.2016 11:00 Lorenzo Pusterla, Empa, Kinetics of carbothermal reduction of Magnesium Oxide, LA 373

08.11.2016 11:00 Christoph Guntlin, Empa, Synthesis of Nanocrystalline FeF3 from Molecular Precursor and ist Li- and Na-ion storage properties, LA 373

25.10.2016 11:00 Rupali Deshmukh, ETH Zürich, Colloidal Nanoparticles/Nanowires: Solution-Phase Synthesis, Assembly, Processing and Applications, LA 373

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