Alex Dommann has been heading the Department “Materials meet Life” at Empa since 2013 and he is also member of the board of directors of Empa. Before he was CTO of the CSEM, Centre Suisse d’Electronique et de Microtechnique, Neuchâtel. He received his PhD in Solid State Physics in 1988 from ETHZ in Switzerland.
His research concentrates on the surface analysis, bio surface interactions, structuring, coating and characterization of thin films and MEMS structures. He is member of different national and international committees and teaches Materials for Medtech, Crystallography and MEMS technology at different Swiss universities and has published more than 130 papers in the fields of thin films, coatings, MEMS, reliability and material characterization. He is also member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Science (SATW) and in 2016 he was appointed adjunct professor at the University of Bern.