Optofluidics and Energy

We work on optofluidics and microfluidics for energy.  The efforts range from solar water splitting devices to solar thermal energy conversion. Specifically, we make use of microfluidic platforms to enhance the efficiency of energy conversion processes, and achieve device functionalities unattainable by classical electrochemical reactor designs. Current projects include the development of membraneless water-splitting devices, air-based electrolyzers, and photoelectrochemical hydrogen generators.  



Professor Christophe Moser, Laboratory of Applied Photonics Devices, EPFL


  1.  Membrane-less micro fuel cell based on two-phase flowJournal of the Power Scources, Vol 348, pp. 212-218 (2017)
  2. The potential for microfluidics in electrochemical energy systems; Energy & Environmental Science, In Press (2016)

  3. Solar-to-hydrogen production at 14.2% efficiency with silicon photovoltaics and earth abundant electrocatalysts; Journal of the Electrochemical Society, Vol 163, Issue 10, F1177-F1181 (2016)

  4. Optofluidics of plants; APL Photonics, 1, 020901 (2016)

  5. Hollow Mesoporous Plasmonic Nanoshells for Enhanced Solar Vapor Generation; Nano Letters, 16, 2159-2167 (2016)

  6. Mass transport aspects of electrochemical solar-hydrogen generation, Energy & Environmental Science, 9, 1533-1551 (2016)
  7. Vapor-fed microfluidic hydrogen generatorLab on a Chip, 15, 2287-2296, 2015
  8. A membrane-less electrolyzer for hydrogen production across the pH scale,  Energy & Environmental Science, 2015
  9. Design and cost considerations for practical solar-hydrogen generatorsEnergy & environmental science, 7, 3828,  21 October 2014 
  10. A micropillar array for sample concentration via in-plane evaporationBiomicrofluidics 8,no.4 (2014): 044108, July 2014
  11. Superhydrophobic bulls-eye for surface-enhanced Raman scatteringLab on a Chip, DOI: 10, 1039/C4LC00477A, August 2014
  12. Solar thermal harvesting for enhanced photocatalytic reactionPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics, Vol. 16, pp. 5137-5141, February 2014 
  13. Optofluidics for energy applicationsNature Photonics, Vol. 5, pp. 583-590, October 2011
  14. Heterogenous catalysis mediated by plasmon heatingNano Letters, Vol. 9, pp. 4417-4423, November 2009


Click here to view the Design of Optofluidic Components for an Integrated Electrolyzer Poster. 

Click here to view the Development of Novel Platforms for Water Splitting Poster.