Empa – Eidgenössische Materialprüfungs- und Forschungsanstalt

EMPA Mission is to solve industry-relevant challenges for sustainable energy generation, conversion and storage technologies through materials and device innovation.

Our Expertise possesses strong competencies in the synthesis and processing of functional electronic and ion conducting materials, their structural characterization, electronic, ionic and thermal transport properties, and teir performance assessment in operational devices.

Our Research aims at fundamental knowledge through experiment and modeling enabling new materials and processes that improve device performance, cost and reliability.


High-energy density cobalt-free cathodes for Li-ion batteries


Oxynitrides for photoelectrochemical hydrogen production

Membrane development for alkaline electrolysis

Oxide catalysts for low-temperature methanol steam reforming


Carrier-selective oxide contacts for low-cost solar cells


Oxide thermoelectrics for >800°C

Half-Heusler thermoelectrics for 500-800°C



Überlandstrasse 129
CH-8600 Dübendorf

Contact person

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Vogt ulrich.vogt@empa.ch



Website : www.empa.ch/econversion

Type of organization : Research Institute

Number of professional staff active in FCH sector : 25

Participation in FCH JU Projects : ELYGRID


Our expertise

Energy Pillar / Energy to Hydrogen

  • 2.01 Hydrogen production
  • 2.02 Hydrogen Storage
  • 2.04 Smart buildings and communities
  • 2.07 Stack components
  • 2.09 Demonstration
  • 2.11 Characterisation and testing

Energy Pillar / Fuel Cells to Energy

  • 3.03 Back-Up Power Systems

Cross-Cutting Research Activities

  • 4.01 Education