Materials for Energy Conversion

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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, stability, cost, and sustainability. We focus on the following application-driven topics: batteries for short-term energy storage and electrochemical fuels for long-term energy storage.

 

 

News
 

December 2022: Kick-off meeting for the PREMISE project funded by the ETH board to establish, promote, and facilitate open data research practises within the ETH domain. More information here.

November 2022: We welcome Livio as new member of our lab.

November 2022: Our lab on national radio RTS in the infotainment podcast Le Point J. Listen to the podcast here.

November 2022: Annual meeting of the Swiss Battery Association iBAT organized by our lab at Empa Academy in Dübendorf. More information and registration here.

October 2022: Congratulations to our industry partner Kyburz for winning the Swiss Venture Club Award 2022 Wirtschaftsraum Zurich. More informationen here.

October 2022: Congratulations to our former PhD student David for winning the 2022 Empa Young Scientist Fellowship and for winning a SNF Ambizione grant.

October 2022 Congratulations to Maximilian for successfully defending his PhD at ETH Zurich.

October 2022: We welcome Hugo as new member of our lab.

September 2022: Congratulations to Meike for getting an SNF-ANR project funded.

September 2022: Kick-off meeting for the Horizon Europe project InteLiGent focusing on high-voltage lithium-ion batteries. More information available soon.

September 2022: We welcome Maissara and Antoine as new members of our lab.

August 2022: 4th edition of the Swiss Battery Days organized by our lab at Empa Academy in Dübendorf with a special industry session on solid-state batteries organized by the Swiss Battery Association iBAT and a session on next-generation lithium-ion batteries organized by the Horizon 2020 LC-BAT-5 project cluster. More information and registration here

June 2022: We welcome Ali as new member of our lab.

May 2022 Congratulations to Ke for successfully defending her PhD at the Xiamen University.

May 2022: We welcome Edouard as new member of our lab.

April 2022: We welcome Andrea as new member of our lab.

April 2022: Launch of the InnoSuisse Flagship project CircuBat, a national initative to advance the circularity for lithium-ion batteries. More information on the project's website here.

March 2022: We welcome Rafael as new member of our lab.

February 2022: We welcome Qing and Gian as new members of our lab.

January 2022: We welcome Dan and Silvan as new members of our lab.

December 2021: Congratulations to Daniel for successfully defending his PhD at EPFL.

December 2021: Our lab is happy to join the Alistore network as a new academic member. More information here.

November 2021: We welcome Roy as new member of our lab.

October 2021: We welcome Lea and Mariano as new members of our lab.

September 2021: Congratulations to Francesco for winning the best poster award at the Swiss Summer School 2021: Catalysis and Sustainability, organized by the Swiss Chemical Society and NCCR Catalysis.

September 2021: We welcome Peter, Mayan, and Ulrich as new members of our lab.

September 2021: Our lab is happy to join the BIG-MAP consortium as a stakeholder. More information on the project's website here.

August 2021: We welcome Sufu as new member of our lab.

July 2021 Congratulations to Ryo for successfully defending his PhD at the University of Geneva.

July 2021: We welcome Nicolas as new member of our lab.

June 2021: We welcome Walid as new member of our lab.

May 2021: Our lab on national TV in the infotainment show Einstein. Watch the podcast here.

May 2021: Our lab is happy to join the NCCR Catalysis consortium as associate partners. More information here.

May 2021: We welcome Aliki, Francesco, and Gerrit as new members of our lab.

March 2021: We welcome Roman as new member of our lab.

February 2021: 3rd edition of the Swiss Battery Days in honor of Prof. Petr Novak coorganized online by PSI and our lab taking place from February 15-17 with a surprise talk by Noble laureate Prof. Stanley Wittingham. More information and registration here.

February 2021: Kick-off meeting for the Horizon 2020 project Solstice focusing on molten salt and liquid metal batteries for stationnary storage. More information here and on the project's website here.

February 2021: We welcome Angelina as new member of our lab.



Seminars and Events  

27.11.2022 - 02.12.2022 MRS Fall Meeting, Boston, with several presentations from our lab, register here. 

14.11.2022 13:30 Prof. Prabeer Parbpanda, IIT Bangalore, Fluorophosphate class of polyanionic insertion materials for secondary batteries, VE102.

01.11.2022 09:00 Annual conference of the Swiss Battery Association iBAT, Empa Academy, Dübendorf Switzerland, organized by our lab, register here.

25.10.2022  11:00  Andreas Frölich, Migros, Salzbatterien aus der Anwenderperspektive, VE102.

09.10.2022 - 13.10.2022 242th ECS Meeting, Atlanta, with several presentations from our lab, register here. 

02.10.2022 - 07.10.2022 International Battery Association Annual Meeting, Bled, with several presentations from our lab, register here. 

26.09.2022 - 27.09.2022 Sodium Battery Symposium, Berlin, with a presentation from our lab, register here. 

13.09.2022 - 14.09.2022 Battery Innovation Days, Brussels, register here.

12.09.2022 10:00 2nd annual Battery2030+ conference, Brussels, register here.

29.08.2022 - 31.08.2022 Swiss Battery Days, Empa Academy, Dübendorf Switzerland, organized by our lab, register here.

26.06.2022 - 01.07.2022 International Meeting on Lithium-Ion Batteries, Sydney, with several presentations from our lab, register here. 

11.05.2022 09:00 38th Swiss Electrochemistry Symposium, Aarau, Switzerland, with a presentation from our lab, register here.

29.11.2021 - 02.12.2022 MRS Fall Meeting, online, with many presentations from our lab, register here. 

30.11.2021 09:00 Swiss Battery Association iBAT 2nd Annual Meeting, Biel, Switzerland, coorganized by our lab, register here.

24.11.2021 09:30 International Workshop on Sodium-Ion Batteries, online, register here.

23.11.2021 - 25.11.2022 Battery Innovation Days, online, register here.

26.10.2021 13:00 EU Green Battery Conference, online, coorganized by our lab, register here

24.10.2021 - 29.10.2021 International Battery Materials Association Annual Meeting, online, register here.

18.10.2021 13:30 Dr. Alexis Grimaud, CNRS, Collège de France, Aqueous lithium-ion batteries, from fundamental understanding to practicality, where are we? FC-C20.

10.10.2021 - 14.10.2021 ECS Fall Meeting, online, with many presentations from our lab, register here

07.10.2021 08:00 Battery2030+, Annual Meeting, online, register here.