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:


August 2017 We welcome Yeojeong as new member of our lab.

July 2017 Congratulations to David and Ruben for winning the 1st poster prize at the 5th International Symposium on Enhanced Electrochemical Capacitors in Jena, Germany.

June 2017 We welcome Serkan as new member of our lab.

Mai 2017 We welcome Gwansik as new member of our lab and congratulate him on winning the Korean-Swiss Science and Technology Programme grant.
The Swiss National Science Foundation published a press release on our novel ionic conductors, based on our recent papers: Sodium and magnesium to replace lithium in batteries

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.



12.09.2017 11:00 Philipp Kehne, TU Darmstadt, All-solid state batteries for in-situ and in-operando XPS and XRD investigations, LA 373.

05.09.2017 11:00 Dr. Fadi Abdeljawad, Computational Materials and Data Science Department, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, LA 373.

25.07.2017 11:00 Wenbo Ju, Empa, Highlights 6th EFCF in Lucerne. Marie-Claude Bay, Empa, Highlights ECerS, Budapest, LA 373.

18.07.2017 11:00 David Reber, Ruben-Simon Kühnel, Empa, Highlights ISSECap Jena + IDTechEx Berlin, LA 373.

11.07.2017 11:00 Matteo Brighi, University of Geneva, Radovan Cerny’s group, “Complex hydrides for near-room temperature all-solid-state Na-ion secondary batteries”, LA 373.