Prof. Frank Nüesch

Adjunct Professor

Frank Nüesch, Head of Laboratory at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) in Dübendorf, has been appointed as Honorary Professor at the School of Engineering (STI). A Swiss national, he obtained a physics diploma at ETH Zurich before continuing his studies at EPFL. In 1995, under Professor Michael Grätzel's supervision, he successfully defended a scientific doctoral thesis on the subject of the photochemical properties of solar cells sensitized by colorant. As a result of his research work at EMPA in the field of organic thin film devices with opotoelectronic and electromechanical functionalities, Frank Nüesch will be able to continue to develop some aspects that are not directly studied at EPFL. This collaboration between EPFL and EMPA will certainly lead to interesting advances in this field.


Research Area

Emphasis is given to organic solar cells, organic light-emitting diodes and electromechanical elastomer actuators, but polymer composites, failure analysis and lifetime of polymer materials are also addressed in the Empa laboratory. Prof. Nüesch is coordinating the Swiss photovoltaic research platform within the Competence Centre for Energy and Mobility of the ETH domain.

His research activity in functional materials development and thin film device research will address new functionalities such as transparent photovoltaic materials, soft elastomers with high dielectric constant and alternative conductive and transparent electrodes.


MXF 112 (Bâtiment MXF)
Station 12
CH-1015 Lausanne