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Dr. Peter Richner

Current Position

  • Deputy Director Empa
  • Head of Department "Engineering Sciences"
  • Head of Research Focus Area "Built Environment" (jointly with Mateusz Wyrzykoswski)
  • Strategic Responsibilty for NEST

Area of Expertise

Energy-efficient Buildings, Knowledge and Technology Transfer for the Construction Sector

Membership in National and International Committees

  • Advisory Board "Energy" Federal Institute for Material Research and Testing (BAM), Germany, head of Advisory Board
  • Advisory Board Lucerne University of Applied Science (HSLU), Department of Engineering and Architecture
  • Expert Committee "Energy" Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects (sia), Vice-President
  • International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures (RILEM), Former President (2009-2012)
  • European Network of Building Research Institutes (ENBRI), Member of the Board
  • Energy Cluster Switzerland, Vice President of the Board
  • American Concrete Institute (ACI)

Curriculum Vitae

  • Professional Career
    • 2002 – present Empa, Head of Department "Engineering Sciences"
    • 2000 – 2001 Empa, Member of the Directorate of Empa Dübendorf
    • 1995 – 2000 Empa, Head of the Laboratory for Corrosion and Surface Protection
    • 1990 – 1995 Empa, Head of the Group for Plasma-Source Mass Spectrometry
    • 1989 – 1990 Indiana University, Postdoc funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation with Prof. Dr. G. M. Hieftje, Department of Chemistry, "Tandem-Source Plasma Mass Spectrometry"
  • Education
    • 2002 – 2004 EMBA at University of St Gall
    • 1985 – 1989 PhD in Chemistry at ETH Zurich with Prof. Dr. B. Magyar "Fundamentals, Mechanism and Application of the Adsorption Polarography of Molybdenum(VI)"
    • 1979 – 1984 Diploma in Chemistry at ETH Zurch




List of Publications (PDF)

Rethinking our built infrastructure

Buildings, roads, railways, supply and disposal networks and much more: The entire Swiss built environment is as complex as its challenges for the future – due to climate change, natural hazards, population growth and other factors. Where to start? With which priorities? An expert group has now launched an initiative for an overall view – and is thus giving new impetus for research and practice.