His research is focused on nanoscale optics and electronics with applications in molecular electronics, nanomechanics, plasmonics and advanced micro- and nanointegration.
He is project leader responsible for the design and realization of the "noise-free" labs of the new Binnig & Rohrer Nanotechnology Center, a unique platform for cutting-edge fabrication and characterization in nanotechnology. He acts as principle investigator of a joint project on plasmonic sensing (SNF grant 152944, Field-enhanced chemical-optical spectroscopy platform for molecular sensing) together with ETZH (Prof. L. Novotny) and the University of Zurich (Dr. K. Venkatesan). He collaborates further with the University of Basel (Prof. M. Mayor) within the NCCR MSE on developping a solid-state platform for molecular reaction compartments. Within the EU Project CarrICool, he focuses on the investigation of strain in microstructures.
Emanuel Lörtscher studied Physics at the Federal Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ). After receiving his PhD from the University of Basel in 2006 with honors (summa cum laude), he joined IBM as a postdoctoral fellow and became a Research Staff Member in 2008.
He received the 2007 Swiss Physical Society Award for Applied Physics ("Oerlikon Prize") and the Faculty Prize of the Faculty of Science of the University of Basel in the same year.
Internal achievement awards such as
- Outstanding Technical Achievement Award for "Strain in Nanowires" (2015)
- Outstanding Technical Achievement Award “Binnig & Rohner Nanotechnology Center, “Noise-free” Labs” (2013)
- Research Division Technical Accomplishment “Binnig & Rohrer Nanotechnology Center „Noise-free” Labs” (2012)
- Research Division Technical Accomplishment (Science and Base Technology) “Materials Science of Semiconducting Nanowires” (2008)
- Outstanding Technical Achievement Award (Science and Base Technology). “Reversible and Controllable Switching of a Single-Molecule Junction” (2007)
- Research Division Technical Accomplishment (Science and Base Technology). “Reversible and Controllable Switching of a Single-Molecule Junction” (2006).