Prof. Patrik Hoffmann

Adjunct Professor

Of German nationality, Patrik Hoffmann was born in Landau in der Pfalz in Germany in 1961.

After the studies in Chemistry at Fridericiana University (Ecole Polytechnique) of Karsruhe, he obtained his diploma of chemistry in 1988. He carried out his PhD in EPFL and got docteur ès sciences in 1992 for his work on the deposition of metallic micro- and nano-structures. In 1992, he moved to research centre of IBM at Almaden in California, USA and then was employed by IBM. He moved back to EPFL in 1993 to join the Institute of Applied Optics as adjoint scientifique. In 1995 he became the head of dental section and department of R&D in a German galvanic company.

In March 1997, he was nominated Maître d'enseignement et de recherche (MER), specialized in techniques of microfabrication by laser at the Institute of Applied Optics of department of microtechnics in EPFL.

From April 2009 he heads the Advanced Materials Processing Laoratory of Empa, Swiss Federal Institute of Materials research and Testing at Thun.


Research Area

Beam induced surface structuring and 3D deposition of nano-materials. Focus on micro and nano structuring of substrates and functional materials by etching and deposition techniques. By studying the underlying processes, we are developing novel enabling structuring technologies. In more detail, focused electron beam induced deposition of materials (FEB), patterned laser beam induced deposition of different oxides and their mixtures, and other non classical UV Excimer laser applications and chemical coating processes are investigated.


BM 4126 (Bâtiment BM)
Station 17
CH-1015 Lausanne