2nd Swiss & Surrounding Battery Days

August 26-28 2019


Empa, PSI, and BFH jointly organize the 2nd edition of the Swiss & Surrounding Battery Days taking place on August 26-28 at Empa Academy in Dübendorf. The aim of this event is to provide young Swiss researchers, active in the field of battery materials research and cell manufacturing, a platform to present their results and to connect to renowned battery researchers from the surrounding countries. The event offers a unique opportunity to strengthen and expand the network among and to the Swiss battery community. The scope of the event ranges from the synthesis and characterization of battery materials to their integration into electrodes and cells, including topics related to cell manufacturing. August 28 is reserved for talks concerning the European battery agenda and aspects of industrial cell manufacturing at scale.


Special information event on Wednesday, August 28, 13:30 

The BATTERY 2030+ initative, status-quo, next steps, and ways to participate


Thank you all for joining us this year. See you next year at the 3rd Swiss & Surrounding Battery Days!




Empa Academy, Überlandstrasse 129, 8600 Dübendorf


Important dates

May 6 2019 Registration opening

May 6 2019 Abstract submission opening

June 28 2019 Abstract submission closing

July 19 2019 Notification abstract acceptance

August 18 2019 Registration closing

August 26-28 2019 Swiss & Surrounding Battery Days





Organizing committee

Dr. Corsin Battaglia, Empa

Daniela Isler-Schmid, Empa

Nadine Rieder, Empa


Scientific committee

Dr. Corsin Battaglia, Empa

Dr. Sigita Trabesinger, Paul Scherrer Institute

Dr. Mario El Kazzi, Paul Scherrer Institute

Prof. Axel Fürst, Berner Fachhochschule


International advisory board

Prof. Kristina Edström, Uppsala University

Dr. Dominique Guyomard, CNRS IMN & Université de Nantes

Prof. Stefano Passerini, Helmholtz Institute Ulm & Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Prof. Petr Novák, Paul Scherrer Institute  & ETH Zurich


Confirmed invited speakers

Prof. Kristina Edström, Uppsala University

Dr. Dominique Guyomard, CNRS IMN & Université de Nantes

Prof. Christian Masquelier, Université de Picardie Jules Verne

Prof. Tejs Vegge, Danemark Technical University

Prof. Patrik Johansson, Chalmers University of Technology

Bo Normark, The European Battery Alliance

Dr. Giulio Ferraresi, Dr. Simone Zürcher, Imerys Graphite & Carbon

Dr. Philipp Stössel, Bühler

Carlo Novarese, Faam Research Center (formerly Lithops)












The event takes place at Empa Academy on Empa's main campus in Dübendorf. Tram T12 takes you in 30 min directly from Zurich airport to Empa (get off at station Dübendorf Giessen). Tram T12 also brings you to Stettbach train station, from which many S trains will take you in 5 min to Zurich downtown and Zurich mainstation. There is only limited parking available on site and we encourage travelling by public transport.


Empa Akademie

Ueberlandstrasse 129

8600 Dübendorf


(Address for GPS: Eduard-Amstutz-Strasse)



The following hotels are located close to Empa:

Sorell Hotel Sonnental, Dübendorf

Hotel Zwiback, Dübendorf

Harry's Home, Wallisellen






Scientific Program


Monday August 26 afternoon


12:00    Registration opening


13:30    Welcome address

             Gian-Luca Bona (Empa director) & Corsin Battaglia (organizing committee)


13:40    (Invited) Crystal chemistry of NASICON-type positive electrodes for Na-ion batteries

Christian Masquelier, Fan Chen, Jean-Noel Chotard, Vadim Kovrugin, Sunkyu Park, Stéphanie Belin, Antonella Iadecola, Long H. B. Nguyen, François Fauth, Dany Carlier, Laurence Croguennec (CNRS, Université de Picardie Jules Verne, Université de Bordeaux, RS2E, Alistore-ERI)


14:20    Impact of liquid phase formation on microstructure and conductivity of Li-stabilized Na-β’’-alumina ceramics

Marie-Claude Bay, Meike V. F. Heinz, Renato Figi, Claudia Schreiner, Ulrich F. Vogt, Corsin Battaglia (Empa, Albert Ludwigs University Freiburg)


14:40    Towards better stability of cation-disordered manganese based oxyfluoride cathodes

Abdel El Kharbachi, Christian Baur, Marco Siniscalchi, Maximilian Fichtner (Helmholtz Institute Ulm, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)


15:00    Coffee break/posters


15:30    (Invited) Accelerated discovery and design of next-generation battery materials

Tejs Vegge (Technical University of Denmark)


16:10    Conductivity and elastic properties of LGPS superionics from NVT and NPT first-principles molecular dynamics

Giuliana Materzanini, Leonid Kahle, Aris Marolongo, Nicola Marzari (EPFL, IBM Research)


16:30   Surface phonons of lithium ion battery active materials

Peter Benedek, Nuri Yazdani, Hungru Chen, Nils Wenzler, Fanni Jurànyi, Martin Mansson, M. Saiful Islam, Vanessa Wood (ETH
             Zurich, University of Bath, Paul Scherrer Institut, Royal Technical University KTH Stochholm)


16:50    Apéro/posters


Tuesday August 27 morning


09:00    (Invited) Pure, hybrid and polymerized ionic liquid based electrolytes: from fundamentals to application

Manfred Kerner, Susanne Wilken, Nareerat Plylahan, Damien Monti, Piotr Jankowski, Marcel Treskow, Karolina Matuszek, Alexandre Ponrouch, M. Rosa Palacín, Aleksandar Matic, Johan Scheers, Douglas MacFarlane, Michel Armand, Patrik Johansson (Chalmers University of Technology, ICMAB-CSIC, Alistore-ERI, Warsaw University of Technoloty, Monash University, CIC Energiegune)


09:40    A 2 V class aqueous sodium-ion battery with low-temperature cycling capabilities

David Reber, Ruben-Simon Kühnel, Corsin Battaglia (Empa)


10:00    Sodium metal anodes – the influence of neglected parameters

Rico Rupp, Alexandru Vlad (UC Louvain)


10:20    Coffee break/posters


10:50   Closo-borate electrolytes for all-solid-state batteries

Léo Duchêne, Ryo Asakura, Seyedhosein Payandeh, Ruben-Simon Kühnel, Arndt Remhof, Hans Hagemann, Corsin Battaglia (Empa, University of Geneva)


11:10    Elucidating the performance limitations of graphite as negative electrode in sulfide based solid state batteries

Laura Höltschi, Franziska Jud, Christian Jordy, Claire Villevieille, Mario El Kazzi, Petr Novák (Paul Scherrer Institute, SAFT)


11:30    Assessment of the practical electrochemical stability of lithium thiophosphate solid electrolytes in Li-S cells

Georg Dewald, Saneyuki Ohno, Jürgen Janek, Wolfgang Zeier (Justus-Liebig-University Giessen)


11:50    Silicon oxycarbide – tin nanocomposite as a high-performance anode for Li-Ion batteries

Romain J.-C. Dubey, Pradeep Vallachira Warriam Sasikumar, Frank Krumeich, Gurdial Blugan, Kostiantyn V. Kravchyk, Thomas Graule, Maksym V. Kovalenko (ETH Zürich, Empa)


12:10    Lunch/posters


Tuesday August 27 afternoon


13:30    Conference photo


13:40    (Invited) How separators could be functionalized to make batteries better

Ruijun Pan, Zhaohui Wang, Jonas Lindh, Maria Strömme, Leif Nyholm, Kristina Edström (Uppsala University)


14:20    Elucidating the degradation of Ni-rich layered oxide in humid environment

Leiting Zhang, Christoph Bolli, Heino Sommer, Petr Novák, Sigita Trabesinger (Paul Scherrer Institute, BASF)


14:40    Elucidation of the complex (de-)lithiation reactions of SnO2 in all solid-state battery using operando X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

Marta Mirolo, Xiaohan Wu, Carlos A. F. Vaz, Petr Novák, Mario El Kazzi (Paul Scherrer Institute)


15:00    Coffee break/posters


15:30    (Invited) Design of organic electrode materials for greener batteries

Alia Jouhara, Sofia Perticarari, Franck Dolhem, Yann Pellegrin, Fabrice Odobel, Nicolas Dupré, Joël Gaubicher, Philippe Poizot, Dominique Guyomard (CNRS, Université de Nantes, Université d Picardie Jules Vernes, RS2E)


16:10    Highly elastic polyrotaxane binders for mechanically stable lithium hosts in lithium metal batteries

Ahmed Elabd, Dong-Joo Yoo, Jang Wook Choi, Ali Coskun (University of Fribourg, Seoul National University)


16:30    Mixed-anion hydroborates: chemical and electrochemical stability

Matteo Brighi, Fabrizio Murgia, Zbignew Lodziana, Radovan Cerny (University of Geneva)


18:00    Banquet


Wednesday August 28


09:00    (Invited) How Europe can become the winner in the battery market

            Bo Normark (The European Battery Alliance)


09:40    (Invited) Sustainability of carbon products in Li-ion batteries

             Giulio Ferraresi, Simone Zürcher, Flavio Mornaghini (Imerys Graphite & Carbon)


10:10    (Invited) Large-scale production of lithium-ion batteries – continuous processing of electrode slurries

Philipp Stössel, Adrian Spillmann (Bühler)


10:40    Coffee/posters


11:10    3D analysis of the electrode edges

Marcel-David Zwahlen, Axel Fuerst (Bern University of Applied Sciences)


11:40    (Invited) A new European player perspective on Li-ion cell production

Carlo Novarese (Faam Research Center, formerly Lithops)


12:20    Closing remarks


12:30    Lunch/posters


13:30    Special information event

The BATTERY 2030+ initiative, status-quo, next steps and ways to participate

             Kristina Edström (Coordinator BATTERY 2030+ initiative), Stefan Fischer (Euresearch)


16:00    End of event






Participants can register here (link will forward to xing-events website for registration).


Registration fee is


CHF 200 for senior academics and industry

CHF 120 for PhD students and postdocs (use promo code ZhR5).


Registration is closing on August 18 2019. The registration fee covers lunch and coffee breaks during the conference. Tickets for the banquet and the evening of Tuesday August 27 2019 can be booked optionally for CHF 80 via the same link. For cancellations until August 18 2019, 50% of the registration fee will be charged. After August 18 2019 or in case of non appearance, the full registration fee is charged. A substitute will be accepted anytime upon written request to . PhD students and postdocs are requested to present a proof of their status on site. We encourage early registration as the number of participants is limited and handled on a first come - first served basis.


Abstract Submission

Abstract submission for the 2nd edition of the Swiss & Surrounding Battery Days is now open. Abstract submission is not mandatory for attending the event, but we encourage in particular PhD students and postdocs to submit abstracts on their recent work. We accept abstracts on the following topics:


  • Synthesis and characterization of battery materials
  • Integration of battery materials in electrodes and cells
  • Topics related to battery cell manufacturing


Only abstracts adhering strictly to the abstract template will be accepted. The abstract template can be downloaded here. Please submit your abstract to swissbatterydays@empa.ch.


Abstract submission is closing on June 28 2019. Notification of abstract acceptance on July 18 2019. Abstracts for oral and poster presentations will be selected by the scientific committee.