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Prof. Dr. Ulrich Vogt

Ausserplanmässiger Professor für Kristallographie und Materialwissenschaft

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Vogt
Überlandstr. 129
CH-8600 Dübendorf


Curriculum Vitae

Prof. U.F. Vogt was working as materials scientist at EMPA Dübendorf, Department Materials for Energy Conversion for 25 years. He has received his Diploma at Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Institute of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Germany, where he has done also his PhD and Habilitation, and where he holds an adjunct professorship.

He started his professional career as junior scientist in the Department for Cement Chemistry at Krupp-Polysius, Neubeckum (D). Subsequently he was leading a research group at Alusuisse-Lonza Services AG, Switzerland where he was responsible for developing new synthesis meth-ods for non-oxide ceramics, ceramic fibres as well as their specific characterisation and pro-cessing.

The focus of his work was on the general topics like materials for energy conversion with the focus on engineering ceramics in general with key aspects like Perovskite synthesis and charac-terisation, material development for advanced SOFC & SOEC electrodes and electrolytes, mem-brane & electrode development for alkaline electrolysis, catalytic hydrogen combustion on po-rous Pt coated ceramic foams, doped CeO2 ceramics for solar thermochemical CO2 & H2O splitting by a redox reaction, as well as solid electrolyte (β’’ Al2O3) development for ZEBRA batteries. He authored over 70 SCI publications and holds 11 patents. 

Teaching / Courses




  • Heinz M.V.F., Bay M.C., Vogt U.F., Battaglia C. (2021): Grain size effects on activation energy and conductivity: Na‐β‘‘‐Al2O3 ceramics and ion conductors with highly resistive grain boundary phases, Acta Materialia, 213. DOI link
  • Bay M.C., Heinz M. V. F., Danilewsky A. N., Battaglia C., Vogt U.F. (2021): Analysis of c-lattice param-eters to evaluate Na2O loss from and Na2O content in beta”-alumina ceramics, Ceramics International, in press.
  • Bay M.C., Meike Heinz M. V. F., Linte C., German A., Blugan G., Battaglia C., Vogt U.F. (2020): Impact of sintering conditions and zirconia addition on flexural strength and ion conductivity of Na-β”-alumina ceramics, Materials Today Communications 23. DOI link
  • Bay M.-C, Heinz M.V.F., Figi R., Schreiner C., Basso D., Zanon N., Vogt U.F., Battaglia C. (2019): Impact of Liquid Phase Formation on Microstructure and Conductivity of Li-stabilized Na-ß"-alumina Ceramics. - ACS Appl. Energy Matter, 2, 687-693. DOI link
  • Fumey B., Butler T., Vogt U.F. (2018): Ultra-low NOx emissions from catalytic hydrogen combustion. - Applied Energiy 213, 334-342. DOI link
  • Ju W., Heinz M.V.F., Pusteria L., Hofer M., Fumey B., Castiglioni R., Pagani M., Battaglia C., Vogt U.F. (2018): Lab-Scale Alkaline Water Electrolyzer for Bridging Material Fundamentals with Realistic Operation. - ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng., 6(4), pp 4829-2837. DOI link
  • Takacs M., Ackermann S., Bonk A., Neises-von Puttkamer M., Haueter Ph., Scheffe J.R., Vogt U.F., Steinfeld A. (2017): Splitting CO2 with a Ceria-based redox cycle in a Solar driven thermo-gravimeter, AIChE Journal, Vol. 63, No. 4. DOI link
  • Felbeck T., Bonk A., Kaup G., Mundinger S., Grethe T., Rabe M., Vogt U.F., Kynast U. (2016): Porous Nanoclay Polysulfone Composites: A Backbone with High Pore Accessibility for Functional Modifications, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials 234 (2016) 107-112. DOI link
  • Fumey B., Stoller S., Fricker R., Weber R., Dorer V., Vogt U.F. (2016) Development of a Novel Cooking Stove Based on Catalytic Hydrogen Combustion, Int. Journal of Hydrogen Energy 41. DOI link
  • Rothensteiner M., Bonk A., Vogt U.F., Emerich H., van Bokhoven J.A. (2016): Structural Changes in Ce0.5Zr0.5O2−δ under Temperature-Swing and Isothermal Solar Thermochemical Looping Con-ditions Determined by in Situ Ce K and Zr K Edge X‑ray Absorption Spectroscopy, J. Phys. Chem. C, 120 (26), pp 13931. DOI link
  • A. Bonk, A. Remhof, A.C. Maier, M. Trottmann, M.V.F. Schlupp, C. Battaglia, U. F. Vogt, Low temperature reduci-bility of M1Ce1-xO2 (M = Zr, Hf) under hydrogen atmosphere, Journal of Physical Chemistry C (2015), DOI link
  • Bonk, A. Maier, M.V.F. Schlupp, D. Burnat, A. Remhof, R. Delmelle,  A. Steinfeld , U.F. Vogt, The Effect of Do-pants on the Redox Performance, Microstructure and Phase Formation of Ceria, Journal of Power Sources 300 (2015) 261-271; DOI link
  • M. Rothensteiner, S. Sala, A. Bonk, U.F. Vogt, H. Emerich, J. A. van Bokhoven, Ce K edge XAS of ceria-based re-dox materials under realistic conditions for the two-step solar thermochemical dissociation of water and/or CO2, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., (2015), DOI link
  • D. Burnat, M. Schlupp, A. Wichser, B. Lothenbach, M.Gorbar, A. Züttel,  U. F. Vogt, Composite membranes for al-kaline electrolysis based on polysulfone and mineral fillers, Journal of power Sources, 2015, Journal of Power Sources 291 (2015) 163-172, dx.DOI link
  • Fernández,  G. M. Arzac, U.F. Vogt, F. Hosoglu, A. Borgschulte, M. de Haro,  O. Montes,  A. Züttel, Investigation of a Pt containing washcoat on SiC foam for hydrogen combustion applications, Elsevier Editorial System(tm) for Ap-plied Catalysis B: Environmental, Manuscript submitted 2015, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 180 (2015) 336–343, dx.DOI link
  • Bonk A., Maier A.C., Burnat D., Vogt U.F., Züttel A., Investigations on the Redox Performance of Pure and Doped CeO2 by Comparing Solid State Reaction and Pechini Synthesis, published in Materials for Energy Infrastructure, 1st Ed., p.11-20 (2015) DOI link
  • U.F. Vogt, A. Borgschulte, A. Zuettel,  Wasserstoff durch Wasserelektrolyse, AQUA & GAS, No. 10 (2014)  36-44  
  • Meike V. F. Schlupp, Ji Woo Kim, Aude Brevet, Cyril Rado, Karine Couturier, Ulrich F. Vogt, Florence Lefebvre-Joud, Andreas Züttel, Avoiding chromium transport from stainless steel interconnects into contact layers and oxygen electrodes in intermediate temperature solid oxide electrolysis stacks, Journal of Power Sources 270 (2014) 587-593, dx.DOI link
  • Philipp Furler, Jonathan Richard Scheffe, Daniel Marxer, Michal Gorbar, Alexander Bonk, Ulrich F. Vogt, Aldo Steinfeld, Thermochemical CO₂ Splitting via Redox Cycling of Ceria Reticulated Foam Structures with Dual-Scale Porosities, Phys.Chem.Chem.Phys., 2014, 16, 10503, DOI link;
  • D. Wiedenmann, L. Keller, L. Holzer, J. Stojadinovic, B. Münch, L. Suarez, B. Fumey, H. Hagendorfer, R. Brön-nimann, P. Modregger, M. Gorbar, U. F. Vogt, A. Züttel, F. La Mantia, R. Wepf, B. Grobéty; Three-Dimensional Pore Structure and Ion Conductivity of Porous Ceramic Diaphragms, Journal of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), Vol. 59, No. 5, 2013, 1446 – 1457, DOI link
  • P. Furler, J.R. Scheffe, M. Gorbar, L. Moes, U.F. Vogt, and A. Steinfeld. Solar thermochemical CO2 splitting utiliz-ing a reticulated porous ceria redox system. Energy & Fuels 2012, 26, 7051-7059, dx.DOI link
  • J. Stojadinovic, D. Wiedenmann, M. Gorbar, F. L. Mantia, L. Suarez, V. Zakaznova-Herzog, U. F. Vogt, B. Grobety, and A. Zuttel, Electrochemical Characterization of Porous Diaphragms in Development for Gas Separation,  ECS Electrochem. Lett. 2012 1: F25-F28, DOI link
  • G. Plesch, M. Vargov´a, U.F. Vogt, M. Gorb´ar, K. Jesen´ak, Zr doped anatase supported reticulated ceramic foams for photocatalytic water purification, Materials Research Bulletin 47 (2012) 1680–1686, dx.DOI link
  • Nakajo, J. Kuebler, A. Faes, U. F. Vogt, H.J. Schindler, L.K. Chiang, S. Modena, J. Van Herle, T. Hocker, Compila-tion of mechanical properties for the structural analysis of solid oxide fuel cell stacks. Constitutive materials of an-ode-supported cells, Ceramics International, 38 (2012) 3907-3927, DOI link;
  • O. Galzim, C. Mansilla, A. Giaconia, S.Poitou, J. Hinkley, S.D. Ebbesen, M. Gasik, T. Gilardi, F. Le Naour, JC. Rob-in, D. Graf, C. Sattler, R. Liberatore, P. Tarquini, R. Moliner, I. Suelves, D. Gstoehl, U. F.Vogt, R. Allen, G.J. Kolb, A multicriteria approach for evaluating advanced hydrogen production processes, International Journal of Multicriteria Decision Making, Vol. 1, No. 2, 2011
  • M. Bielmann, U.F. Vogt, M. Zimmermann, A. Zuettel, Seasonal energy storage system based on hydrogen for the self sufficient living unit (SELF), Journal of Power Sources 196 (2011) 4054-4060, DOI link
  • M. Vargová, G. Plesch, U. F.Vogt, M. Zahorand, M. Gorbár, K. Jesenák, TiO2 thick films supported on reticulated macroporous Al2O3 foams and their photoactivity in phenol mineralization, Applied Surface Science 257 (2011) 4678-4684,DOI link
  • L. Holzer, B. Iwanschitz, Th. Hocker, B. Münch, M. Prestat, D. Wiedenmann, U. F.Vogt, P. Holtappels, J. Sfeir, A. Mai, T. Graule, Microstructural degradation in SOFC anodes for solid oxide fuel cells: Quantification of nickel grain growth in dry and in humid atmospheres, Journal of Power Sources 196 (2011) 1279-1294, DOI link
  • J. Kuebler, U.F. Vogt, D. Haberstock, J. Sfeir, A. Mai, T. Hocker, M. Roos, U. Harnisch, Simulation and Validation of Thermo-mechanical Stresses in Planar SOFCs, Fuel Cells 10, 2010, No. 6, 1066–1073, DOI link
  • M.P.W. Schneider, M. Hilf, U.F. Vogt, M.W.I. Schmidt, The benzene polycarboxylic acid (BPCA) pattern of wood pyrolyzed between 200°C and 1000°C, Organic Geochemistry 41 (2010) 1082-1088), DOI link
  • U.F. Vogt, M. Gorbar, P. Dimopoulos-Eggenschwiler, A. Broenstrup, G. Wagner, P. Colombo, Improving the proper-ties of ceramic foams by a vacuum infiltration process, Journal of the European Ceramic Society 30 (2010), pp. 3005-3011, doi:10.1016/j.jeurceramsoc.2010.06.003 
  • D. Wiedenmann, A. Hauch, B. Grobéty, M. Mogensen, U.F. Vogt, Complementary techniques for solid oxide cell characterisation on micro- and nano-scale, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 35 (2010) 5053-5060, DOI link;
  • H. Luebbe, J. Van herle, H. Hofmann, P. Bowen, U. Aschauer, A. Schuler, F. Snijkers, H.J. Schindler, U. Vogt, C. La-lanne, Cathode-supported micro-tubular SOFCs based on Nd1.95NiO4+δ: Fabrication and characterisation of dip-coated electrolyte layers, Solid State Ionics 180 (2009) 805–811, DOI link
  • S.B.C. Duval, P. Holtappels, U.F. Vogt, U. Stimming, T. Graule, Characterisation of BaZr0.9Y0.1O3-δ prepared by three different synthesis methods: Study of the sinterability and the conductivity, Fuel Cells 09, 2009, No. 5, 613-621, DOI link
  • Feldhoff, J. Marytnczuk, M. Arnold, M. Myndyk, I. Bergmann, V. Šepelak, W. Gruner, U. Vogt, A. Hähnel, J. Woltersdorf, Spin-state transition of iron in (Ba0.5Sr0.5)(Fe0.8Zn0.2)O3-δ perovskite, Journal of Solid State Chemistry 182 (2009) 2961-2971, DOI link;
  • U. F. Vogt, P. Holtappels, J. Sfeir, J. Richter, S. Duval, D. Wiedenmann and A. Züttel, Influence of A-Site Variation and B-Site Substitution of (La,Sr)FeO3 Based Perovskites, Fuel Cells 09, 2009, No. 6, 899-906, DOI link
  • D. Wiedenmann, U.F. Vogt, C. Soltmann, O. Patz, G. Schiller, B. Grobetty, WDX Studies on Ceramic Diffusion Bar-rier Layers of Metal Supported SOECs, Fuel Cells 09, 2009, No. 6, 861-866, DOI link
  • O. Haas, U.F. Vogt, C. Soltmann, A. Braun,  W.S. Yoon, X.Q. Yang, T. Graule, The Fe K-edge X-Ray Absorption Characteristics of La1-xSrxFeO3-δ Prepared by Solid State Reaction, Materials Research Bulletin 44 (2009) 1397–1404, DOI link
  • G. Plesch,  M. Gorbár, U.F. Vogt, K. Jesenák, M. Vargová, Reticulated macroporous ceramic foam supported TiO2 for photocatalytic applications, Materials Letters 63 (2009) 461-463, DOI link;
  • P. Dimopoulos-Eggenschwiler, D. N. Tsinoglou, J. Seyfert, C. Bach, U. Vogt and M. Gorbar, Ceramic foam sub-strates for automotive catalyst applications,  fluid mechanic analysis, Exp. Fluids (2009) 47: 209-222, DOI link
  • Braun , J. Richter, A. S. Harvey, S. Erat, A. Infortuna, A. Frei, E. Pomjakushina, B.S. Mun, P. Holtappels, U. Vogt, K. Conder, L. J. Gauckler, T. Graule, Electron hole–phonon interaction, correlation of structure, and conductivity in single crystal La0.9Sr0.1FeO3, Applied Physics Letters 93, 262103, 2008, DOI link
  • U.F. Vogt, J. Sfeir, J. Richter, C. Soltmann, P. Holtappels, B-site substituted Lanthanum-Strontium-Ferrites as elec-trode materials for electrochemical applications , Pure Appl. Chem., Vol. 80, No. 11, pp. 2543-2552, 2008, DOI link
  • P. Dimopoulos, C. Bach, U.F. Vogt, K. Herrmann, Ceramic Foams as Catalyst Substrates: Pre-catalyst application homogenising the Exhaust Flow upstream of Aftertreatment Devices, SAE-Paper 2007-24-0097
  • S.B.C. Duval, P. Holtappels, U. F. Vogt, E. Pomjakushina, K. Conder, U. Stimming, T. Graule, Electrical conductivi-ty of the proton conductor BaZr0.9Y0.1O3-δ obtained by high temperature annealing, Solid State Ionics, 178 (2007) 1437-1441, DOI link






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