EPFL was founded in 1969 and is devoted to education, research, and technology transfer in natural sciences and engineering disciplines. EPFL is a growing, ambitious university with currently more than 10’000 student and staff members, and 346 laboratories. It strives for excellence, which is also reflected in the Shanghai ranking (11th in the world and 2nd in continental Europe). EPFL has established 230 start-ups between 2000 and 2016. The laboratory of renewable energy science and engineering (LRESE) is headed by Sophia Haussener. The competences of LRESE are coupled multi-physics and multi-scale reactor and device modelling of energy conversion and storage processes; modelling-based guidelines for design and engineering of thermal, thermochemical, and electrochemical reactors; morphology-based direct numerical simulations of chemically reacting multi-phase/multi-component media; and in-depth experimental and numerical investigations and understanding of thermal, thermochemical and electrochemical processes and reactors, optimization and scale-up guidelines.

Sophia Haussener is an Assistant Professor heading the Laboratory of Renewable Energy Science and Engineering at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Her current research is focused on providing design guidelines for thermal, thermochemical, and photoelectrochemical energy conversion reactors through multi-physics modeling. Her research interests include: thermal sciences, fluid dynamics, charge transfer, electro-magnetism, and thermo/electro/photochemistry in complex multi-phase media on multiple scales. She received her MSc (2007) and PhD (2010) in Mechanical Engineering from ETH Zurich. Between 2011 and 2012, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Joint Center of Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) and the Energy Environmental Technology Division of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). She has published over 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, and 2 books. She has been awarded the ETH medal (2011), the Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation award (2011), the ABB Forschungspreis (2012), the Prix Zonta (2015), and the Global Change Award (2017), and is a recipient of a Starting Grant of the Swiss National Science Foundation (2014). She is a deputy leader in the Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research (SCCER) on energy storage, serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, and acts as a Member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Helmholtz Zentrum.

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