Multifunctional Materials

Multifunctional Materials

Multimat Highlights

  • Felix Rechberger won the runner-up DSM Poster Award in Polymers, Colloids & Interfaces at the Swiss Chemical Society Fall Meeting in Zurich.
  • Several group members have published their results on doping Ni in MoO2 in Chem. Mater.
  • Florian Heiligtag sucessfully defended his Ph.D. thesis - congratulations!
  • Felix Rechberger and Florian Heiligtag published their work on BaTiO3 aerogels in Angewandte Chemie.
  • Philippe Knüsel was awarded the ETH medal for his Master Thesis on metal oxide-polymer particle-based aerogels - Congratulations!
  • Congratulations to Niklaus Kränzlin, who won a «2014 SCNAT/SCS Chemistry Travel Award»
  • Martin Süess sucessfully defended his Ph.D. thesis - congratulations!
  • Florian Heiligtag together with several other group members published a paper in Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology
  • Sandra Hilaire published her work on the synthesis of doped ceria nanoparticles in Z. anorg. allg. Chem.
  • Gabriele Ilari published his work on functionalizing MWCNTs with Cu and Ni in Carbon



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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