Born in the United States, Sivula studied at the University of Minnesota, where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. He continued his studies in Chemical Engineering at the University of California (Berkeley), where he joined the research group of Prof. Jean Fréchet. During his thesis research he worked to developed strategies to control the morphology of conjugated polymer-based photovoltaic devices and gained his doctorate in 2007. Sivula then joined the Laboratory of Photonics and Interfaces (LPI, led by Professor Michael Grätzel) at the EPFL. There he developed nanostructured films with iron oxide for hydrogen production using solar energy. He was promoted to research group leader in LPI in 2008 and in 2011 he accepted an appointment as tenure-track assistant professor at EPFL in the Institute of Chemical Science and Engineering. Currently he is an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and he leads the LIMNO lab while also teaching courses on Transport Phenomena, Chemical Engineering Practicals, Product design, and solar energy conversion systems.
Awards and Honors
- Swiss Chemical Society Werner Prize (April 2017)
The Werner Prize is awarded to a promising young Swiss scientist or scientist working in Switzerland for outstanding independent chemical research. More information: https://goo.gl/JqbYgE
- Air Liquide Essential Small Molecules Award (December 2016)
The Challenge on Essential Small Molecules aims to bring the wider scientific community and Air Liquide’s experts together to address societal issues. More information: https://goo.gl/pS29JP
- Teaching Excellence Prize in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (October 2016)
Annually awarded to an SCGC teacher for individual merit by vote of the teaching committee. More information: http://go.epfl.ch/CGC16
- European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant Award (August 2013)
ERC Starting Grants aim to support up-and-coming research leaders with funding up to 1.5 M€ for 5 years to support the creation of excellent new research teams.
- Prix Zeno Karl Schindler (October 2011)
Awarded by the Research Commission of the EPFL on behalf of the Zeno Karl Schindler Foundation to distinguish postdoctoral work of particular excellence in the field of environmental sciences and/or sustainability. More information: http://go.epfl.ch/zks_sivula
- Materials Research Society Graduate Student Gold Award (April 2007)
Awarded to a graduate student for outstanding performance in the conduct of their research project and promise for future substantial achievement in materials research. More Information: http://www.mrs.org/gsa-past