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

Dr. Pablo Romero, Marie Curie Fellow
Dr. Jelena Vukajlovic-Plestina

Research ID


2017 Dr Gözde Tütüncüoǧlu, currently postdoc at Georgia Tech (USA)
2016 Dr. E. Alarcon-Llado, currently team-leader tenure-track at AMOLF, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
2016 Dr. F. Matteini, currently Tech Marketing Manager at Fastree3D (Switzerland)
2015 Dr. A. Casadei, currently R&D Specialist at Dentsply Sirona(Switzerland)
2015 Dr. Y. Fontana, currently postdoc at McGill University (Candada)
2015 Luca del Carro, currently PhD student at ETHZ and IBM Zürich
2015 Dr. E. Russo-Averchi, founder of SwissOrganica
2015 Dr. S. Conesa-Boj, currently assistant professor tenure-track at TU Delft (The Netherlands)
2014 Dr D. Rüffer, currently at Sensirion (Switzerland)
2014 Dr. A. Dalmau Mallorqí, currently at Debiotech (Swizterland)
2013 Dr. O. Demichel, currently CNRS researcher in Dijon (France)
2012 Dr. B. Ketterer, SGL Carbon (Germany)
2012 Dr. C. Colombo, currently at Louis Dreyfus Highbridge Energy (Switzerland)
2010 Dr. E. Uccelli, currently senior scientist at TNO-QuTech, TU Delft (The Netherlands)
2011 Dr. S. Crankshaw, currently journal Manager, Endrocrinology Section, Frontiers Journals (Switzerland)
2010 Dr. J. Dufouleur, currently scientist at IFW Dresden (Germany)
2010 Dr. D. Spirkoska, currently at patent attorney at Hoffmann-Eitle, Munich (Germany)
2010 Prof. I. Zardo, assistant professor tenure-track at Uni Basel (Switzerland)
2010 Dr. T. Garma, currently at U. Split (Croatia)
2009 Dr. M. Heiss, technical manager at Omicron (Germany)
2009 Dr. Y. Xiang
2009 Dr. L. Moreno-Codinachs, , currently scientist at Hochschule Rhein-Waal (Germany)

Other professional activities

* Since 2016: Research counselor at the Swiss National Science Foundation, Division IV
* Since 2016: Section Editor and founder of the section 'Physics of renewable energy and sustainability' in Journal of Physics D (IOP)
* Since 2015: President of the Executive Committee of CIME @ EPFL

Anna Fontcuberta i Morral