Dr. Laetitia Philippe
Laetitia Philippe is group leader in Electrochemistry in the Laboratory of Mechanics of Materials and Nanostructures at EMPA. She received a PhD degree in Physical chemistry at the University of Manchester (ex UMIST), UK in 2002 and she did a post-doc at TU-Delft afterwards. She is lecturer at EPFL since 2012. The small re-search group led by Dr L. Philippe at the Laboratory of Mechanics of Materials and Nanostructures started its scientific activities at the interface of physics and chemistry in April 2008. In her research, she uses electrochemical means to create well-ordered nanostructured materials, compact layers and microdevices, featuring exquisitely defined geometry, controlled surface chemistry, and tunable physical/mechanical properties.
She is interested in materials and structures whose properties can be tuned or opti-mized by variations in size, geometry, crystallinity, composition or surface. This “make and measure” strategy is applied primarily to problems related to mechanical devices, biomedical materials, culture heritage surfaces, renewable energies and magnetism. She is the author or co-author of around 100 publications, organized several international conferences, and is co-founder of one start-up.