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:


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.



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. 

27.06.2017 11:00 Dr. rer. nat. Anna Lehner, Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoffmechanik IWM und und Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (D) und Dr. Daniel Mutter, Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoffmechanik IWM und Freiburger Materialforschungszentrum der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität (D), Ab-initio modelling of solid-state electrolytes. Atomistic Modelling and Simulation of Energy Conversion Materials, LA 373.

13.06.2017 11:00 Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Michael Stelter, Fraunhofer-Institut für Keramische Technologien und Systeme IKTS (D), Low cost Sodium batteries based on ceramic materials – an old idea revisited, VE 102.