Empa’s Leading Global Thinkers in Washington D.C.

Empa’s Leading Thinkers

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Jakob Heier, Rita Toth, Artur Braun and Florent Boudoire with their FP Leading Global Thinkers of 2014 Awards. Florent Boudoire is PhD student at University of Basel, with Prof. Edwin Constable (not on photo) being thesis advisor. Florent is research assistant at Artur Braun's group at Empa. Prof. Constable and Dr. Jakob Heier from Empa are Braun's co-PIs in this project, which is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. Dr. Rita Toth in Braun's group was instrumental in drafting this research project from the beginning. As a Marie-Heim-Vögtlin Fellow, she is conducting her part in this research independently with her own project.

Florent Boudoire, Artur Braun, Edwin C. Constable, Jakob Heier and Rita Toth have been listed by Foreign Policy as among the Top 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2014.

Moth-eye photonic structures for solar fuels

Our Leading Global Thinkers Award is based on a publication which we have co-authored in 2014. Florent Boudoire -the first author - did the major work as part of his doctoral thesis with University of Basel in my group at Empa.

The moth-eye structures mean a specifically tailored microstructure on photoelectrodes which capture light more efficiently for solar fuel production.