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The materials we synthesize in our laboratory cover a broad range of properties that make them interesting for many applications. We are particularly interested in various types of electrode materials, which can be used in lithium ion batteries, as transparent conducting films or for electrochemical water splitting. In addition we work on chemoresistive gas sensors, optically active materials such as luminescent nanoparticles or nanocomposites and responsive (ferroelectric, magnetic and magneto-optical) films. For all these applications, a fundamental step is the processing of the as-synthesized powders into a suitable macroscopic device architecture.

Our expertise related to applications can be summarized as follows:

  • Fabrication of film electrodes from powders
  • Electrochemical tests of lithium ion batteries
  • Gas sensing tests
  • Fabrication and testing of transparent conducting films
  • Photoelectrochemical water splitting
  • Photocatalysis under UV and visible light

Selected references

Lithium Ion Batteries

  • W. Cheng, F. Rechberger, G. Ilari, H. Ma, W.-I. Lin, M. Niederberger, Amorphous Cobalt Silicate Nanobelts@Carbon Composites as Stable Anode Material for Lithium Ion Batteries, Chem. Sci. 2015, 6, 6908
  • G. Zeng, N. Shi, M. Hess, X. Chen, W. Cheng, T. Fan, M. Niederberger, A General Method of Fabricating Flexible Spinel-Type Oxide/Reduced Graphene Oxide Nanocomposite Aerogels as Advanced Anodes for Lithium-ion Batteries, ACS Nano 2015, 9, 4227

Transparent Conducting Films

  • L. Luo, D. Bozyigit, V. Wood, M. Niederberger, High-quality Transparent Electrodes Spin-Cast from Preformed Antimony-Doped Tin Oxide Nanocrystals for Thin Film Optoelectronics, Chem. Mater. 2013, 25, 4901

Electrochemical Water Splitting

  • S. Hilaire, M. J. Süess, N. Kränzlin, K. Bienkowski, R. Solarska, J. Augustynski, M. Niederberger, Microwave-assisted Nonaqueous Synthesis of WO3 Nanoparticles for Crystallographically Oriented Photoanodes for Water Splitting, J. Mater. Chem. A. 2014, 2, 20530

Chemoresistive Gas Sensors

  • C. Willa, J. Yuan, M. Niederberger, D. Koziej, When Nanoparticles Meet Poly(Ionic Liquid)s: Chemoresistive CO2 Sensing at Room Temperature, Adv. Funct. Mater. 2015, 25, 2537
  • W. Cheng, Y. Ju, P. Payamyar, D. Primc, J. Rao, C. Willa, D. Koziej, M. Niederberger, Large-Area Alignment of Tungsten Oxide Nanowires over Flat and Patterned Substrates for Room Temperature Gas Sensing, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 340

Optically Active Materials

  • A. Lauria, I. Villa, M. Fasoli, M. Niederberger, A. Vedda, Multifunctional Role of Rare Earth Doping in Optical Materials: Nonaqueous Sol–Gel Synthesis of Stabilized Cubic HfO2 Luminescent Nanoparticles, ACS Nano 2013, 7, 7041

Responsive Films

  • D. Erdem, Y. Shi, F.J. Heiligtag, A.C. Kandemir, E. Tervoort, J.L.M. Rupp, M. Niederberger, Liquid-Phase Deposition of Ferroelectrically Switchable Nanoparticle-Based BaTiO3 Films of Macroscopically Controlled Thickness, J. Mater. Chem. C 2015, 3, 9833


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