Multifunctional Materials

Multifunctional Materials

Multimat Highlights

  • Federico Dalcanale publishes his work on apolycarbosilane–MWCNT composites in J. Eur. Ceram. Soc.
  • Niklaus Kränzlin publishes his insights in the mechanics of Copper formation in Adv. Mater. Interfaces
  • Christoph’s work on CO2-Sensors is featured in the ETH News and on ScienceDaily.
  • Guobo wins a 2015 Chemistry Travel Award by the Swiss Chemical Society to attend the International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies in Singapore.
  • In collaboration with the Stark group Niklaus Kränzlin publishes his work on Knoevenagel condensation in Chem. Commun.
  • Former Member Rafael da Silva publishes together with Florian Heiligtag their work on multicomponent Aerogels in Catalysis Today
  • Guobo wins the 2014 National Award for Outstanding Self-financed Chinese Students Study Abroad by the China Scholarship Council. The price was handed over by the Chinese Ambassador to Switzerland Madam Xu Jinghu.
  • The EurJIC-Wöhler Young Investigator Prize will be awarded to Dorota during the GDCh-Wissenschaftsforums Chemie in Dresden, Germany.
  • Christoph Willa publishes his work on PILS in Adv. Funct. Mater.
  • Gabriele Ilari publishes his research on TEM interface analysis of metals on MWCNTs in Micron
  • 21 April: Nik successfully defended his PhD on the Bottom-up Fabrication of Copper-based Functional Architectures – congratulations!
  • Niklaus Kränzlins Review article is featured on the front cover of Mater. Horiz.



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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