Fields of expertise
Dynamics of light-induced electron transfer
Time-resolved THz spectroscopy
PAST PHD STUDENTS
Marine E. F. Bouduban
Arun Aby Paraecattil
Jelissa Risse-De Jonghe
Hauke A. Harms
Jan C. Brauer
Julian A. Rengifo
Frank A. Nüesch
Systems currently under study include hybrid organic-inorganic lead halide perovskite semiconductor thin films and quantized nanoparticles, dye-sensitized solar cells, and small molecule-based organic photovoltaic systems.
He is a graduate of the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, where he received a diploma degree (MSc) in chemical engineering in 1982. After two stays in 1984 and 1985 at Concordia University in Montréal (Canada), he earned in 1986 his Ph.D. in physical chemistry at EPFL (Michael Grätzel, thesis advisor).
In 1986, he joined the Eastman Kodak Corporate Research Laboratories at Rochester (NY, USA) as a postdoctoral fellow and was later associated with the NSF Center for Photoinduced Electron Transfer at the University of Rochester. Returning to Switzerland, he was appointed as a lecturer of physical chemistry at EPFL in 1992 and was awarded the habilitation and the venia legendi in 1998. He is titular professor since 2005.
His research activity focuses on the study of the dynamics of photoinduced electron transfer and charge carrier separation at donor-acceptor heterojunctions and in nanostructured semiconductors. He is the author and co-author of ca 200 scientific papers (H-index 75). He currently teaches general physical chemistry to freshmen students in chemistry. He gives two classes on general- and redox photochemistry in the MSc program in chemistry and chemical engineering and the doctoral programs in energy and photonics.
Teaching & PhD
Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
Doctoral Program in Photonics
Doctoral Program in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering