ETH Zürich, founded in 1855, is consistently ranked among the top 10 institutions in the natural science subjects by the Shanghai Ranking ARWU, the Times Higher Education Ranking and the QS World University Ranking. 21 Nobel Laureates have studied, taught or conducted research at ETH Zurich, underlining the excellent reputation of the institute.Transferring its knowledge to the private sector and society at large is one of ETH Zurich’s primary concerns. It has succeeded in this, as borne out by the 80-100 new patent applications each year and more than about 300 spin-off companies that were created out of the institute between 1996 and 2018. ETH Zurich has more than 450 professors and 20,000 students, 4000 of whom are doctoral candidates.
The research activities of the Functional Inorganic Materials Group led by Prof. Kovalenko cover various aspects of chemical synthesis, surface functionalization, self-assembly and applications of colloidal nanostructures. The group’s goals are to develop novel functional materials for optoelectronic and energy storing purposes. The expertise of the Functional Inorganic Materials Group in nanoparticle synthesis, especially the synthesis of halide perovskite nanocrystals, perfectly matches the needed expertise for workpackage 2. In addition, the experience in nanoparticle-surface functionalization will be a great asset for the successful integration of nanoparticles in optical devices.