• Events in 2017

9-14 Dec 2017: Looking forward to MRS Africa in Gaborone, Botswana. Likely invited talk at Synchrotron Workshop.

26 Nov - 1 Dec 2017: Looking farward to MRS Fall Meeting 2017 in Boston, MA.

A Short and Golden Age of Solar Fuel Pioneering, November 27, 2017, 08:30 AM to 09:00 AM, Invited Speaker, Hynes, Level 3, Room 306

Correlation of Defect Property and Electric Transport Properties of Metal Oxide Electrodes and Solid Electrolytes, November 27, 2017, 04:00 PM to 04:15 PM, Hynes, Level 2, Room 207

Mathematical Modelling for The FLUOREX Nuclear Fuel Recycling Process, November 28, 2017, 08:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Poster at Hynes, Level 1, Hall B

At the Nexus between Animate and Inanimate Matter—Biological Materials, Components and Devices, November 29, 2017, 04:15 PM to 04:30 PM, Sheraton, 2nd Floor, Back Bay D

Printing without a Printer (Printerless Printing)—Functional Self-Organized Microstructures by Controlled Reaction-Diffusion-Precipitation, November 30, 2017, 08:30 AM to 08:45 AM, Hynes, Level 1, Room 103

The Discovery of the Proton Polaron, November 30, 2017, 11:30 AM to 12:00 PM, Invited Speaker, Hynes, Level 2, Room 200

21 September 2019 Meeting on Artificial Photosynthesis in Bruxelles, Belgium.

Invited talk as highlight at Symposium D1 dedicated to “Materials Science with Synchrotron Radiation X-rays” of the EUROMAT2017 Conference to be held in Thessaloniki, Greece, 19 September, 2017.

Looking forward to my sabbatical at Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea.


Looking forward to my invited talk at "Processes at the Semiconductor Solution Interface”, 231st Meeting of The Electrochemical Society, New Orleans LA, 28 May- 02June 2017.

Operando Investigation of the Chemical Interaction of Water Vapor with Ceramic Proton Conductors, Thursday, 1 June 2017: 11:00

X-Ray Spectroscopic and Electroanalytical Studies on the Bio-Electic Interface of Metal Oxide Semiconductors and Algal Proteins and Biofilms, Wednesday, 31 May 2017: 17:40

Supercapacitor Stack Built from Monolithic Porous Glassy Carbon Electrodes, Wednesday, 31 May 2017: 17:00

(Invited) Some Observations on the Electrochemical Interface of Hematite in Alkaline Electrolyte during Solar Water Oxidation, Tuesday, 30 May 2017: 17:10

Investigation of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Anodes, Cathodes and Electrolytes with X-Ray Scattering and Spectroscopy, Tuesday, 30 May 2017: 15:00


18-23 June 2017 invited keynote talk at 21st International Conference on Solid State Ionics, Padua, Italy.

Met many friends and colleagues there.

12 June 2017: Invited talk at TU Darmstadt with Professor Jägermann. I drove there with Empa’s Hyundai ix35 hydrogen fuel cell electric vehivle. Pumped gas in Air Liquide Offenbach at Fraunhofer ISE in Freiburg.

"Thank you" to Physikalisch Technische Bundesanstalt in Berlin for an invited talk at  ALTECH E-MRS in Strassbourg, 24 May 2017. 

24 May 2017 invited talk at the ALTECH 2017 Conference in Strassbourg, France.

3 May 2017: Dr. Yelin Hu did his final PhD presentation at EPFL Lausanne.

Looking forward to my talk "A Bio-Inspired and Self-Assembled Water Oxidation Photoelectrode Based on Moth-Eye Photonic Architecture" (Symposium: ED5: Photoactive Nanoparticles and Nanostructures, 2017 MRS Spring Meeting, April 17-21, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona).

Looking forward to my talk "Intermediates in PEC Water Oxidation—How They Come and How They Go”. Symposium: ES7: (Photo)Electrocatalytic Materials and Integrated Assemblies for Solar Fuels Production——Discovery, Characterization and Performance, 2017 MRS Spring Meeting, April 17-21, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona).

Looking forward to my talk "Reaction Model for Fluorination of Uranium Dioxide Using Improved Unreacted Shrinking Core Model for Expanding Spherical Particles“. Symposium: ES5: Advances in Materials, Experiments and Modeling for Nuclear Energy, 2017 MRS Spring Meeting, April 17-21, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona).

Looking forward to my talk "Depth and Width of Interfaces—Assessment Soft X-Ray Electronic Structure of Battery Electrodes Operando with Hard X-Rays”. Symposium: ES13: Interfaces and Interphases in Electrochemical Energy Storage and Conversion, 2017 MRS Spring Meeting, April 17-21, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona).

Looking forward to my talk "High Pressure for Parameterization of the Proton-Phonon Coupling in Solid Electrolytes”. Symposium: CM1: Emergent Material Properties and Phase Transitions under Pressure, 2017 MRS Spring Meeting, April 17-21, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona).

Looking forward to TO-BE SPRING MEETING 2017 (TOWARDS OXIDE-BASED ELECTRONICS) in Luxemburg 3-5 April 2017.

By the way. I went from Zürich to Luxembourg with a Hyunday ic35 electric vehicle  powered by hydrogen gas from the CEP and H2mobility gas stations in Wuppertal (Shell), Offenbach (Air Liquide), Hürth (St@rtHürth), Geisingen (Shell), and Empa. There is no hydrogen gas station in Luxembourg. This was a very long range trip with alternative mobility.

Met Dr. Jane Goodall in 28 March 2017 at Carnegie Endowmnent for International Peace in Washington D.C. See here the movie. Photo courtesy Paul Anninos.

Today on 14 March 2017 we installed the Ambient Pressure Photoemission Spectrometer from KP Technologies. Took less than 2 hours. Wonderful.

My record drive from Zürich to Berlin 27 February - 6 March 2017 with the Empa hydrogen fuel cell car Hyundai ix35. Over 800 Kilometer. Only 1 intermediate stop at Geiselwind for hydrogen filling was necessary. The total tour with drives in Berlin and way back was a 2007 Kilometer. That’s a record!


Call for Papers JMR Focus Issue: Jan van der Merwe: Epitaxy and the Computer Age

Submission deadline 1 April 2017

Synchrotron beamtime at BESSY-II in Berlin February/March 2017 with colleagues from Berlin and Korea was great experience. Again about renewable energy. Energiewende: we are a part of it.


Looking forward to teaching electrochemistry and photoelectrochemsity in February 2017 at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea.

Looking forward to my invited talk at Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg and HZB Geesthacht 18/19 January 2017

  • Events in 2016

Congratulations to Mr. Yelin Hu for passing PhD exam at EPFL the 22nd December 2016.

16 December 2016: Artur Braun’s first drive with a Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell car !

Artur Braun participates in the Foreign Policy Global Thinkers Brainstorming Session: Tackling the Three Biggest Problems Facing the Next President; Four Seasons Hotel, Georgetown, Washington D.C., 12 December 2016.


Artur Braun to deliver four talks at the MRS Fall Meeting 2016 in Boston 28Nov - 1Dec.

Looking forward to the inauguration of the VELUX Daylight Academy 24 Nov. 2016.

The Journal of Materials Research Focus Issue organized by Empa and University of Pretoria has been approved by the JMR Editorial Office ! October 16, 2016.

De Gruyter publisher in Berlin is now taking orders for my book “X-ray Studies on Electrochemical Systems: Synchrotron Methods for Energy Materials” .

The book will appear in March 2017.

Looking forward to the Solar Fuels Workshop at University of Pretoria 6/7 October 2016 at University of Pretoria.

Yesterday 11 October 2016 I used the poster session at BESSY-II Energy Foresight Workshop in Berlin for the promotion of my book on synchrotron x-ray methods and electrochemical energy storage and conversion.

5 October 2016: Artur Braun delivered talk about epitaxial strain in magnetic films at University of Pretoria Physics Department.

Artur Braun to deliver talk “On the metafunction of protons in ceramic electrolytes" at QENS2016 in Berlin September6, 2016.

Artur Braun joined Editorial Board of Scientific Reports effective 31st August 2016.

Artur Braun to deliver keynote speech at SPIE 2016 in San Diego CA, 28Aug-1Sep 2016 on solar hydrogen and nanotechnology.


Artur Braun presented invited talk at the Biohybrid Solar Cell Meeting in Slenaken/Netherlands this week 4-7 August 2016.

1st August 2016: Artur Braun has submitted his 400 page book upon invitation to a major international publishing house for publication.

Artur Braun presented X-ray spectroscopy and electrochemistry concepts for metrology of energy storage and conversion at LNE, Laboratoire national de métrologie et d’essais, Paris, France - the 27th June 2016.

Artur Braun to present talk at Polish-Swiss Battery Workshop LiBeV at Maria Sils, Engadina in June 2016: “X-rays And Neutrons: Pick & Shovel For The Materials Scientist”

Artur Braun and group members to present electrocatalyst research for the NanoTera project SHINE at EPFL Lausanne 25-26 April 2016.

Artur Braun to present invited talk at PSI Materials Seminar “On the metafunction of protons in ceramic electrolytes”, 18 April 2016, Villigen PSI

Artur Braun to present talk on ceramic proton conductors at COST CM1104 Meeting at University of Osnabrück the 7th April 2016: “Chemistry and dynamics of the proton phonon coupling in proton conducting ceramic electrolytes

Artur Braun to present talk at the MRS Chapter at University of Cologne the 6th April 2016: Materials Science on electrochemistry with X‐rays, neutrons and electrons ‐ and some light.

MRS 2016 Spring Meeting Symposium EE2 on solar fuels was a great success !

MRS 2016 Spring Meeting in Phoenix: Artur Braun to present invited talk at Symposium on colloidal nanoparticles. 31st March 2016

Artur Braun on diplomatic mission for nuclear safety, 11 March 2016, Berne, undisclosed.

January 2016: Springer Book is out with chapter from Artur Braun on artificial photosynthesis:

Artur Braun to present invited talk “Water oxidation with holes: what we learn from operando studies” on 11 March 2016 at 18th ISE Meeting in Gwangju, Korea (cancelled on short notice for private reasons, but two posters were presented)

  • Events in 2015

7. December 2015: Artur Braun delivers invited talk on energy research at BESSY’s “THz to Soft X-ray workshop” in Berlin, Germany.

3rd December 2015: Artur Braun participates in MRS PDSC Meeting in Boston MA

1st December 2015: Artur Braun panel speaker on global warming at Foreign Policy’s Transformational Trends Forum in Washington D.C., alongside with Dr. Benjamin Barber, Governor Bruce Babbitt, Gulalai Ismail, Johanna Schwartz, and Boyan Slat.

30. November 2015: Artur Braun to visit Georgetown University Physics Department.

19.-20. November 2015: Empa’s Artur Braun to attend VELUX’ Daylight Workshop at WSL in Birmensdorf.

13. October 2015: Artur Braun to deliver talk “Light-Harvesting Proteins and Biofilms on Iron Oxide Photoelectrodes” at the 228th ECS Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona.

13. October 2015: Phoenix Arizona, Artur Braun attends the ECS Gerischer Award Ceremony for Adam Heller.

13. October 2015: Artur Braun delivers invited talk on "Changes in Photoanodes during Solar Water Oxidation, the Wet Part of Artificial Photosynthesis" at the 228th ECS Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona.

7. October 2015: Artur Braun to deliver talk on bio solar cells at the COST TD1102 Phototech Conference in Rome, Italy.

Towards a photosynthesis-biobased economy.

18. September 2015: Artur Braun delivers a “battery talk" at Sunkyunkwan University SKKU in Suwon, Korea.

17. September 2015: Artur Braun delivers talk at Yonsei University about solar bio cells (“There’s a tiny little engine”). Seoul, Korea

16. September 2015: Dr. Artur Braun/Empa and Prof. Bongjin S. Mun/GIST paid visit to Swiss Embassy’s Science & Technology Hub in Seoul, Korea.

15. September 2015: Artur Braun delivered talk at GIST Department of Physics and Photon Science, Gwangju, Korea. "The Hunt for the Holes. Uncovering the Physics and Chemistry in Solar Fuel Cells with Spectroscopy”.

International Workshop on X-ray Spectroscopy and Electorchemistry at Empa, August 17-19 2015.

29. July 2015: Artur Braun presenting ambient pressure XPS work at Ceria MCE-2015 (COST CM1104) in Giessen, Germany (Schloss Rauischholzhausen).

14. and 15 July: Artur Braun presenting bio-mimetic and bio-organic solar energy storage and conversion at ACIN2015 in Namur, Belgium.


19. June 2015: Artur Braun delivering seminar talk at SCK-CEN Belgian Nuclear Research Center in Mol.

12. May 2015: Empa researcher Artur Braun with interview in Sankt Galler Tagblatt, Page 20, FOCUS: “Solarer Wasserstoff zum Fahren und Heizen”

17 April 2015: Empa’s Artur Braun delivers ALS Seminar talk on artificial photosynthesis by photoelectrochemical water splitting, Advanced Light Source, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

17.-18. June 2015: Empa’s Artur Braun to deliver Plenary Lecture at the Dutch National Consortium on Photosynthesis and Artificial Photosynthesis “BioSolar Cells” at its Annual Meeting in Ede in the Netherlands.

6.-10. April 2015: Artur Braun to Chair MRS Spring Meeting 2015 in San Francisco.

13 March 2015: Empa’s Artur Braun delivers talk on solar water splitting at C-MET Thrissur, Center for Materials for Electonic Technology, Athani P.O., SH 22, Kerala 680581, India

13 March 2015: Talk on proton conductors at St. Teresa’s College, Ernakulam, Kerala, India

11 March 2015: Artur Braun to talk about proton conductivity in Kolkatta/India

2 March 2015: Artur Braun, oral presentation about Solar water splitting: everything around iron oxide,  CPUT Belville Campus, South Africa

10 March 2015, Bengaluru, India, IIS SSCUTalk on solar water splitting

  • Events in 2014

1st December 2014 in Berlin Adlershof, presentation at the Tender X-ray Workshop

18th November 2014 in Washington D.C., U.S. Department of Energy

Artur Braun to present invited talk at SSPC-17 proton conductor coneference in Seoul, Korea, 14-19 September 2014

19th September 2014, 2nd International Workshop on Nanotechnology,Renewable Energy & Sustainability, Xi’an, China: Talk on proton conductors

Congratulations to Mrs. Dr. Qianli Chen for winning the Swiss Neutron Young Scientist Award for her PhD work (Empa and ETHZ) entitled 'Effects of Pressure on the Proton-Phonon Coupling in Metal Oxides with Perovskite Structure’. 2 July 2014.

Artur Braun to speak at the 562. WE-Heraeus-Seminar in Bad Honnef Germany: From Sunlight to Fuels - Novel Materials and Processes for Photovoltaic and (Photo)Catalytic Applications, 12-16 May 2014

15-16 May 2014, Grenoble (Sassenage Autrans), France QENS WINS 2014. Artur Braun delivers talk on protonton conductors and neutron scattering.

 21 April 2014, US DoE PEC working Group Meeting, Stanford University. Artur Braun lets Florent Boudoire present the invited talk at the Meeting in Stanford.

  • Events in 2013

Congratulations for PhD Student Mr. Florent Boudoire for winning the Oral Award 3rd place, Empa PhD Symposium 2013.

Artur Braun participates in the AMPEA Meeting at Uppsala University in Sweden.

Elena Rozhkova, Ana Moore, Artur Braun and Katsuhiko Ariga organize MRS 2013 Spring Meeting Symposium on Artificial Photosynthesis in San Francisco.

Congratulations to Mr. Dr. Debajeet K. Bora for winning the Empa PhD Thesis Award in 2013.

Congratulations to Mrs. Dr. Dorota Flak for winning the AGH Krakow PhD Thesis (Empa) Award in 2013.

Artur Braun 21 June 2013, COST TD1102 PHOTOTECH Meeting in Antwerpen

  • Events in 2012

11 December 2012. Braun A.; "An overview of ex situ and in situ neutron and synchrotron experiments on electrochemical energy storage and conversion materials, components and systems", presented at Energy storage systems (Energy materials)- New opportunities for metrology: Material - science meets electrochemistry, Berlin

Jigang Zhou, Jane Howe, Artur Braun and Chongmin Wang organize MRS 2012 Fall Meeting Symposium on in situ methods in Boston MA.

Media Release about diesel soot toxicity.

Artur Braun at AMPEA Meeting at MPI Mühlheim-Ruhr

Nov. 2012. Braun A.; Spectroscopic studies on hematite - the prospective inorganic backbone for solar water splitting and artificial photosynthesis; BESSY CRG Review Meeting, Berlin.

24-27 July 2012, "Recent Advances in Electrochemical Energy Materials and Devices", India Institute of Science, Bangalore

Artur Braun at MSE 2012 in Darmstadt

Artur Braun at SwissFEL Symposium

Artur Braun at PSI electrochemistry Symposium May 2012

18-22 June 2012 in Vienna, Austria. Braun A., European X-ray Spectrometry Conference (EXRS 2012) ,

24-27 June 2012, Stuttgart, Germany. Braun A.; 2nd Ertl Symposium on Surface and Interface Chemistry. “The role of defects in hematite for solar water splitting, and its experimental assessment with x-ray and photoelectron spectroscopy methods”

27Feb2012 SAOG at University of Fribourg

Artur Braun at 2012 MRS Spring Meeting in San Francisco

  • Events in 2011

25 November 2011. Braun A., Fachtagung Prozessnahe Röntgenanalytik, Berlin

Artur Braun, Sossina Haile, Robert Robinson and Paul Gannon organize MRS Symposium on protons in solids at MRS 2011 Spring Meeting in San Francisco.

27-31 August 2011 Artur Braun to present at Conference School in Palanga, Lithuania

Energy Materials Research by Neutrons and Synchrotron, Radiation, 08.05. - 11.05.2011  Bad Honnef (Germany)

14 October 2011. Braun A., Some Applications of Synchrotron Spectroscopy to Energy Materials Research, 14 October 2011, Pohang Light Source

7th October 2011: Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea

15 September 2011 JUMP User Meeting at PSI

2011 E-MRS Conference in Nice, France

Artur Braun delivers talk first talk on his operando PEC NEXAFS work at 5th Gerischer Symposium 22-24 Juni 2011 in Berlin.

13-15 July 2011 CECAM workshop at ETH Zürich

19 April 2011 the 12th Swiss Global change Day in Bern

MRS Spring Meeting 2011 in San Francisco

March 2011 in Bad Godesberg, ModVal8

  • Events in 2010

Artur Braun to talk about SOFC at NGES 2010 in Bonn Bad-Godesberg.

Artur Braun delivered invited talk at NIMS Conference 2010 in Tsukuba, Japan

August 2010 Artur Braun at Materials Conference and Summer School in Palanga

2010 Swiss Crystallograpy Society Meeting Geneva

MRS Proceedings Volume 1262 published - after 2010 MRS Spring Meeting - Symposium V/W – In Situ and operando Probing of Energy Materials at Multiscale Down to Single Atomic Column-The Power of X-Rays, Neutrons and Electron Microscopy Editors: Chongmin Wang, Niels de Jonge, Rafael E. Dunin-Borkowski, Artur Braun, Jinghua Guo, Helmut Schober, Randall E. Winans

15. April 2010: Artur Braun meets German Chancellor Angela Merkel with other German scientists at Berkeley National Laboratory. Since I was representing Switzerland, I was  not on the original list of invitees. But Hendrik Bluhm had helped - see for yourself (Photo credit to Bundespresseamt and Berkeley Lab).

  • Events in 2009

10 Sep 2009 Climate Forum

The ever first MRS Symposium on photoelectrochemistry is lead-organized by Empa’s Artur Braun, Berkeley’s Paul Alivisatos, NREL’s John Turner, NIMS’ Yinhua Ye, and Bayer’s Egbert Figgemeier in Spring 2009 in San Francisco.

  • Events in 2008

2008 XAS workshop at PSI

Artur Braun invited as Swiss delegate to provide expertise on renewable energy at IPCC Scoping Meeting in Lübeck, 21-25 January 2008.

  • Events in 2007

22-24 October 2007, Genoa, Italy, Artur Braun presents invited talk at the ESF Exploratory Workshop on Proton Conducting Ceramics

12 June 2007 CCEM General Assembly

27August-1Sep 2006. Artur Braun delivers talk at thr 57th ISE Meeting, Scotland at Harriott Watts University 

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Artur Braun’s debut at Materials Research Society Spring Meeting in San Francisco, California. With an invited talk on supercapacitors and session chair, thanks to my colleague Dr. Hans-Peter Brack.

3. May 1999, Artur Braun “Über den einfluss epitaktischer Verspannungen auf die magnetische Anisotropie dünner Metallfilme", Paul Scherrer Institut, Laboratory for Neutron Scattering.

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