Multifunctional Materials

Multifunctional Materials

Multimat Highlights

  • Our legendary Skitrip to Andermatt
  • Dorota lands her first  EU Project in the frame of Horizon 2020.  For the details please referee to
  • Wei Cheng published his work on large scale assembly of W18O49 nanowires for room temperature gas sensing in Angewandte Chemie.
  • Former group member Nan Shi published her work on Co3O4 quantum dots in Chem. Commun. 
  • Dr. Alessandro Lauria published his work on rare-earth-doped γ-Ga2O3 in J. Mater. Chem. C
  • Sandra Hilaire published her work in collaboration with different groups on WO3 water splitting in J. Mater. Chem.
  • In collaboration with the Complex group Florian Heiligtag published his work on magnetic coatings in RSC Adv. 
  • Niklaus Kränzlin published together with several group members his work on titania polymorphs in Nanoscale.
  • Florian Heiligtag together with several other group members published his work on Aerogels in Nanoscale and Chem. Mater.



The Multifunctional Materials Laboratory at the Department of Materials is led by Prof. Markus Niederberger. The research areas are supervised by the senior researchers in the group: Prof. Markus Niederberger Dr. Dorota Koziej Prof. Walter Caseri

Development of efficient liquid-phase synthesis routes to inorganic materials »

  • Nonaqueous sol-gel chemistry
  • Nonhydrolytic thio sol-gel chemistry
  • Microwave and solvothermal processing
  • Liquid-phase synthesis of bulk metals

Study of chemical formation and crystallization mechanisms »

  • Correlation of organic and inorganic chemistry
  • Nonclassical crystallization pathways
  • Oriented attachment
  • In-situ reaction monitoring

Particle assembly and processing »

  • Surface functionalization of particles
  • Particle dispersions
  • Thin film preparation by dip- and spin-coating
  • Multicomponent powders and aerogels

Inorganic-organic hybrid materials and composites »

  • Nanoparticle-polymer composites
  • Oxide-based hybrid materials
  • Magneto- and electrochromic materials

Applications »

  • Visible-light driven photocatalysts
  • Transparent conducting oxides
  • Lithium ion batteries
  • Chemoresistive CO2 gas sensors
  • Photoelectrochemical water splitting

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