Fields of expertise
MissionThe mission of LRESE is to develop science and technology for efficient, inexpensive, sustainable, and durable approaches for renewable energy conversion. We focus on solar energy given its exceptional potential. The methodologies I promote incorporate coupled experimental-numerical approaches applying the fundamentals of thermal sciences, fluid dynamics, electro-magnetism, and thermo/electro/photo-chemistry in complex multi-phase/multi-component media on multiple scales. The research program I have established develops both theory and the computational frameworks in order to formulate design guidelines for complex multi-physics and multi-scale processes and devices, and applies and demonstrates these designs for photoelectrochemical and solar-thermal energy conversion and storage processes, enabling applications in other domains (e.g., space, environmental).
BiographySophia Haussener is an Associate Professor heading the Laboratory of Renewable Energy Science and Engineering at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Her current research is focused on providing design guidelines for thermal, thermochemical, and photoelectrochemical energy conversion reactors through multi-physics modeling. Her research interests include: thermal sciences, fluid dynamics, charge transfer, electro-magnetism, and thermo/electro/photochemistry in complex multi-phase media on multiple scales. She received her MSc (2007) and PhD (2010) in Mechanical Engineering from ETH Zurich. Between 2011 and 2012, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Joint Center of Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) and the Energy Environmental Technology Division of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). She has published over 70 articles in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. She has been awarded the ETH medal (2011), the Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation award (2011), the ABB Forschungspreis (2012), the Prix Zonta (2015), the Global Change Award (2017), and the Raymond Viskanta Award (2019), and is a recipient of a Starting Grant of the Swiss National Science Foundation (2014). She is a deputy leader in the Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research (SCCER) on energy storage and acts as a Member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Helmholtz Zentrum.
Modulating electric field distribution by alkali cations for CO2 electroreduction in strongly acidic mediumNature Catalysis. 2022. DOI : 10.1038/s41929-022-00761-y.
Modeling and assessment of high-temperature photo-electrochemical devicesLausanne, EPFL, 2022. DOI : 10.5075/epfl-thesis-8169.
Numerical characterization and engineering of transport in morphologically complex heterogeneous mediaLausanne, EPFL, 2021. DOI : 10.5075/epfl-thesis-7663.
Mitigating voltage losses in photoelectrochemical cell scale-upSustainable Energy & Fuels. 2020-06-01. DOI : 10.1039/d0se00246a.
Pressure Drop and Convective Heat Transfer in Different SiSiC Structures Fabricated by Indirect Additive ManufacturingJournal Of Heat Transfer-Transactions Of The Asme. 2020-03-01. DOI : 10.1115/1.4045732.
Design guidelines for Al-12%Si latent heat storage encapsulations to optimize performance and mitigate degradationApplied Surface Science. 2020-03-01. DOI : 10.1016/j.apsusc.2019.143684.
Optimizing and Implementing Light Trapping in Thin-Film, Mesostructured PhotoanodesAcs Applied Materials & Interfaces. 2020-02-05. DOI : 10.1021/acsami.9b17856.
Sodium plating and stripping from Na-β"-alumina ceramics beyond 1000 mA/cm2Materials Today Energy. 2020. DOI : 10.1016/j.mtener.2020.100515.
Practical challenges in the development of photoelectrochemical solar fuels productionSustainable Energy & Fuels. 2020. DOI : 10.1039/C9SE00869A.
Effective conductivity of porous ceramics in a radiative environmentCeramics International. 2020. DOI : 10.1016/j.ceramint.2019.09.272.
Rapid Performance Optimization Method for PhotoelectrodesJournal of Physical Chemistry C. 2019-08-07. DOI : 10.1021/acs.jpcc.9b04102.
Kinetic Competition between Water-Splitting and Photocorrosion Reactions in Photoelectrochemical DevicesChemsuschem. 2019-05-08. DOI : 10.1002/cssc.201802558.
A thermally synergistic photo-electrochemical hydrogen generator operating under concentrated solar irradiationNature Energy. 2019-04-29. DOI : 10.1038/s41560-019-0373-7.
Pcm-based heat exchanger and uses thereofUS2021222959 ; EP3794297 ; CN112424551 ; WO2019220395 . 2019.
Integrated photo-electrochemical device for concentrated irradiationPT3500694 ; DK3500694 ; US11248301 ; EP3500694 ; EP3500694 ; US2019177860 ; WO2018033886 . 2019.
Design and optimization of a high-temperature latent heat storage unitApplied Energy. 2019. DOI : 10.1016/j.apenergy.2019.114330.
Sequential Cascade Electrocatalytic Conversion of Carbon Dioxide to C-C Coupled ProductsAcs Applied Energy Materials. 2019. DOI : 10.1021/acsaem.9b00791.
Unsteady Radiative Heat Transfer Model of a Ceria Particle Suspension Undergoing Solar Thermochemical ReductionJournal Of Thermophysics And Heat Transfer. 2019-01-01. DOI : 10.2514/1.T5314.
Inverse Analysis of Radiative Flux Maps for the Characterization of High Flux SourcesJournal of Solar Energy Engineering. 2019. DOI : 10.1115/1.4042227.
Integrated photo-electrochemical device for concentrated irradiationPT3500694 ; DK3500694 ; US11248301 ; EP3500694 ; EP3500694 ; US2019177860 ; WO2018033886 . 2018.
Solar production of nylon polymers and prescursors for nylon polymer productionUS2020048415 ; WO2018172927 ; WO2018172927 . 2018.
Atomic layer deposition of TiO2 for stabilization of Pt nanoparticle oxygen reduction reaction catalystsJournal of Applied Electrochemistry. 2018. DOI : 10.1007/s10800-018-1226-y.
An integrated concentrated solar fuel generator utilizing a tubular solid oxide electrolysis cell as solar absorberJournal of Power Sources. 2018. DOI : 10.1016/j.jpowsour.2018.08.009.
Pathways to Electrochemical Solar-Hydrogen TechnologiesEnergy & Environmental Science. 2018. DOI : 10.1039/C7EE03639F.
Chapter 9. Modelling-derived Design Guidelines for Photo-electrochemical DevicesAdvances in Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting: Theory, Experiment and Systems Analysis; Royal Society of Chemistry, 2018. p. 239-265.
Characterising Internal Heat Transfer in Thermal Protection Systems2014. 29th Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences, St. Petersburg, Russia, September 7-12, 2014.
Simulations of the Irradiation and Temperature Dependence of the Efficiency of Tandem Photoelectrochemical Water-splitting Systems2013. 2nd International Symposium on Electrochemical Synthesis of Fuels (ESF), 2nd International Symposium on Electrochemical Synthesis of Fuels (ESF). p. 293-303. DOI : 10.1149/05802.0293ecst.
Separator design criteria for a solar-hydrogen electrochemical generator2012.
Multi-Scale Modelling of a Solar Reactor for the High-Temperature Step of a Sulphur-Iodine-Based Water Splitting Cycle2012. ASME 2012 Heat Transfer Summer Conference collocated with the ASME 2012 Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting and the ASME 2012 10th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and M, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, USA. p. 287-296. DOI : 10.1115/HT2012-58323.
Transport phenomena in complex multi-phase media. A tomography-based approach applied to solar fuel production and snow scienceSVH Südwestdeutscher Verlag für Hochschulschriften.
Teaching & PhD
Doctoral Program in Energy