PSI, Empa, and BFH are inviting you to the SWISS BATTERY DAYS 2020/21 in honor of Prof. Dr. Petr Novák, taking place online.

Due to the current epidemiological situation due to the COVID-19 virus, our conference goes virtual! Participation is free, but registration is required. Looking forward to seeing you online!

New dates: 15 -17 of February 2021

The aim of this event is to recognise achievements of Prof. Dr. Petr Novák and, at the same time, to provide young Swiss and European researchers, active in the field of battery materials and cell manufacturing, a platform to present their results and to connect to renowned battery researchers from Europe. The event offers a unique opportunity to strengthen and expand the network among and to the Swiss battery community. The Industry Day afternoon is organised by the Swiss national platform for battery industry and research partners - iBAT. The scope of the event ranges from the synthesis and characterisation of battery materials to their integration into electrodes and cells, including topics related to cell manufacturing and characterisation.

In the name of the organising committee, we are looking forward to welcoming you to three stimulating conference days!


Technical details

The conference will be held using webpage-based platform. Ticket links to the conference will be send a few days before the event.The talks and posters will be assigned after the review.

Abstract submission is only valid after the registration for the conference is completed. The poster session will be held on conference hopin website, where posters will be displayed with possibility to discuss the content with poster presenters.

International Advisory Board

Prof. Dr. Kristina Edström, Uppsala University, Sweden

Dr. Dominique Guyomard, CNRS IMN & Université de Nantes, France

Prof. Dr. Patrik Johansson, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Prof. Dr. Christian Masquelier, Université de Picardie Jules Verne, France

Prof. Dr. Tejs Vegge, Danemark Technical University, Denmark   

Scientific Committee

Dr. Sigita Trabesinger, PSI

Dr. Mario El Kazzi, PSI

Dr. Corsin Battaglia, Empa

Prof. Dr. Axel Fürst, BFH

Organising Committee

Dr. Sigita Trabesinger, PSI

Dr. Mario El Kazzi, PSI

Cordelia Gloor, PSI

Dr. Lukasz Kondracki, PSI

Eric Winter, PSI


    • Opening of SWISS BATTERY DAYS 2020: Welcome
    • 1
      Face to Face at the Solid Electrolyte Interphase
      Speaker: Prof. Martin WINTER (MEET Battery Research Center, University of Münster and Helmholtz-Institute Münster, IEK-12, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, 48149 Muenster, Germany)
    • 2:00 PM
    • 2:10 PM
    • 2
      Gas-phase surface fluorination of high-voltage layered transition metal oxide LiNi0.8Co0.15Al0.05O2: An effective path to improve the cycling stability of Li-ion batteries
      Speaker: Dr Ales STEFANCIC (PSI - Paul Scherrer Institut)
    • 3
      Anion Selection Criteria for Water-in-Salt Electrolytes
      Speaker: Dr Ruben-Simon KÜHNEL (empa, Switrzerland)
    • 3:10 PM
    • 3:20 PM
    • 4
      Limiting processes in metal sulfur batteries
      Speaker: Prof. Robert DOMINKO (National institute of chemistry, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia)
    • 4:20 PM
    • 4:30 PM
    • 5
      Fast cycling of solid versus liquid sodium on Na-β”-alumina electrolytes
      Speaker: Dr Meike V. F. HEINZ
    • 6
      Transport-property enhancement and in-depth structural analyses of halide-based solid electrolytes (A3MX6; A= Li, Na; M = Y, Er; X = Cl,Br,I)
      Speaker: Roman SCHLEM
    • 7
      Transparent and stretchable zinc ion batteries
      Speaker: Tian LIU
    • 5:50 PM
    • 6:00 PM
      End of the day 1
    • 9:30 AM
      Opening of the day 2
    • 8
      Understanding Formation, Morphology and Function of the Solid Electrolyte Interphase (SEI)
      Speaker: Prof. Arnulf LATZ (DLR and HIU, Germany)
    • 10:20 AM
    • 10:30 AM
    • 9
      Small Change, Big Impact –On the Effectiveness of Phospholane Electrolyte Additives in Lithium Ion Batteries under High Voltage Conditions
      Speaker: Dr Christian WÖLKE (Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH)
    • 10
      Exploring the Structural-Gas-Interface Evolution of Co-free Li-rich Layered Oxide Cathode
      Speaker: Dr Quang Hieu PHAM (PSI - Paul Scherrer Institut)
    • 11
      Blocking Lithium Dendrite Growth in Solid-State Batteries with an Ultrathin Amorphous Li-La-Zr-O Solid Electrolyte
      Speaker: Jordi SASTRE (Empa, Switzerland)
    • 11:50 AM
    • 12:00 PM
    • 12
      Carbon Materials in Li-ion and Other Batteries of the Future
      Speaker: Prof. Kristina EDSTRÖM (Uppsala University)
    • 1:40 PM
    • 1:50 PM
    • 13
      Influence of Mechanical Strain on Lithium-Ion Cells Containing Silicon Anodes
      Speaker: Mara GÖTTLINGER (Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC)
    • 14
      Nondestructively accessing new battery observables with inside-out MRI and magnetometry
      Speaker: Prof. Alexej JERSCHOW (NYU)
    • 2:50 PM
    • 3:00 PM
    • 15
      Use of Secondary Materials in NMC Co-precipitation: Effect of Impurities on the Cell Performance
      Speaker: Prof. Ulla LASSI (Sustainable Chemistry Unit University of Oulu)
    • 16
      Towards Holistic Development of High Performing Safe Solid State Batteries
      Speaker: Dr Andriy KVASHA (CIDETEC)
    • 4:00 PM
    • 4:10 PM
    • Session dedicated to Prof. Dr. P. Novák
    • 17
      Surprise Talk - Nobel Prize Laureate 2019 in Chemistry, Prof. S. Whittingham
      Speaker: Speaker SURPRISE
    • 18
      Talk by Prof. Dr. P. Novák
      Speaker: Petr NOVAK (PSI - Paul Scherrer Institut)
    • 9:30 AM
      Opening of the day 3
    • 19
      Innovation in cathode materials for future mobility
      Speaker: Dr Andreas FISCHER (BASF, Germany)
    • 10:20 AM
    • 10:30 AM
      Coffee Break
    • 20
      Tailor Made Microbatteries for the Medical Sector
      Speaker: Dr Christoph GUNTLIN
    • 21
      Production of battery electrodes and cells: process-structure-property relationships and its scalability
      Speaker: Prof. Arno KWADE (TU Braunschweig)
    • 22
      Innovation brought by startups for new b(e)tteries
      Speaker: Dr Michael HESS (Battronics AG)
    • 11:50 AM
    • 12:00 PM
      Lunch break
    • iBat - EU & CH initiatives to foster innovation
    • 1:50 PM
    • 2:00 PM
    • iBat - EU & CH initiatives to foster innovation
    • 3:20 PM
    • 3:30 PM
    • iBat - EU & CH initiatives to foster innovation
    • 4:30 PM
    • Closing Conference