Anna Fontcuberta i Morral


Biography and current work


My research activities are centered on the materials science and engineering of semiconductor nanostructures, specifically nanowires. Nanowires are filamentary crystals with a very high ratio of length to diameter, the latter being in the nanometer range. Semiconductor nanowires are of significant interest from a fundamental point of view as they exhibit new physical and chemical properties owing to their large surface-to-volume ratio, low dimensionality and confinement in one dimension. From a technological perspective, they constitute attractive building blocks for the assembly of novel nano-electronic and nano-photonic systems, as well as biochemical sensors.


2014 Associate Professor at the Institut des Matériaux, EPFL

2008 Assistant Professor Tenure Track at the Institut des Matériaux, EPFL

2009 Habilitation in Physics, Technische Universität München

2005-2010 Marie Curie Excellence Grant Team Leader at ‘Walter Schottky Institut’, Technische Universität München, on leave from ‘Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique’ (CNRS, France)

2004-2005 Visiting Scientist at the California Institute of Technology, on leave from CNRS; Senior Scientist and co-founder of Aonex Technologies (a startup company for large area layer transfer of InP and Ge on foreign substrates for the main application of multi-junction solar cells)

2003 Permanent Research Fellow at CNRS, Ecole Polytechnique, France

2001-2002 Postdoctoral Scholar at the California Institute of Technology
‘Study of wafer bonding and hydrogen-induced exfoliation processes for integration of mismatched materials in views of photovoltaic applications”
Sponsor: Professor Harry A. Atwater

1998-2001 PhD in Materials Science, Ecole Polytechnique
‘Study of polymorphous silicon: growth mechanisms, optical and structural properties. Application to Solar Cells and Thin Film Transistors’
Advisor: Pere Roca i Cabarrocas

1997-1998 Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondis (D.E.A.) in Materials Science at Université Paris XI, France .

1993-1997 BA in Physics at Universitat de Barcelona

Postoctoral fellows

Esther Alarcon-Llado (Marie Curie Fellow)
Sonia Conesa-Boj (Marie Heim-Vögtlin Fellow)

Master Students

Jil Schwender (Hamburg University, group K. Nielsch)

Visiting scientists

Dr. Philippe Caroff, IEMN Lille (France)

Research ID


2012 M. Heiss (Omicron)
2012 J. Herrimann (CalTech)
2012 O. Demichel (U. Dijon)
2012 RN. Wang (PDI, Berlin)
2011 B. Ketterer (SGL Carbon)
2011 C. Colombo (Louis Dreyfus Highbridge)
2011 E. Uccelli (IBM Zürich)
2010 S. Crankshaw
2010 J. Dufouleur (IFW Dresden)
2010 D. Spirkoska (Hoffmann-Eitle, Munich)
2010 I. Zardo (TU Eindhoven)
2010 T. Garma (U. Split)
2009 Y. Xiang
2009 L. Moreno-Codinachs

Anna Fontcuberta i Morral