Short CV/Education and training

  • Education

  • 1990 – 1991
    Studies of chemistry at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland; First Diploma

  • 1991 – 1994
    Studies of chemistry at the ETH Zurich; Dipl. Chem. ETH

  • 1994
    Studies at the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine London; Diploma Thesis

  • 1995 – 1997
    Dissertation at the Institute of Polymers at the Department of Materials at the ETH Zurich; Dr. Sc. techn. ETH

  • 1995 – 1998
    Studies of management, technology, and economics at the ETH Zurich; MAS ETH in Management, Technology, and Economics


  • 1997 – 2001
    Scientific collaborator, Institute of Polymers, Department of Materials, ETH Zurich

  • 1997 – 2008
    Chief Executive Officer, Global Surface AG an ETH Spin-off

  • 2001 – 2003
    Head of the group "Polymers at Surfaces", Institute of Polymers, Department of Materials, ETH Zurich

  • 2003 – 2018
    Professor of Polymer Materials, Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW)

  • 2007 – 2010
    Director ZHAW Institute of Materials and Process Engineering

  • 2007 – 2017
    Expert, Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI) of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER)

  • 2009 – 2017
    President of the funding area Micro and Nanotechnologies, CTI, EAER

  • 2011 – 2017
    Vice President, CTI, EAER

  • 2011 – 2018
    Dean and Managing Director ZHAW School of Engineering

  • 2012 – 2018
    President of the Council of the Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS) of the Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP)

  • 2016 – 2018
    Vice President of the Board of Directors of Innosuisse, EAER

  • since 2019 State Secretary of the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation Switzerland

Selected publications

  • Patents

  • Siegmann, Konstantin; Dänhardt, Karin; Grube, Svenja; Hirayama, Martina; Gindele, Thomas (2013). Verfahren zur Herstellung einer Beschichtung. DE 10 2013 009 832 A1.

  • Hirayama, Martina; Siegmann, Konstantin; Meola, Guiseppe; Schäfer, Carsten; Dänhardt, Karin (2010). Oberflächenbeschichtungen mit Anti-Eis Eigenschaften. WO 2011/082500 A1.

  • Hirayama, Martina; Siegmann, Konstantin; Meola, Guiseppe (2008). Gefrierpunktserniedrigende Oberflächenbeschichtung. EP 08013421.6.

  • Meier, Lorenz; Vetterli, Bettina; Hirayama, Martina; Plötze, Michael; Viacheslav, Vertlib; Stöppelmann, Georg; Hoffmann, Botho; Hewel, Manfred (2008). Polyamid-Schichtsilikat-Zusammensetzungen. EP 2196494 B1.

  • Hirayama, Martina; Siegmann, Konstantin; Widler, Roland (2008). Verfahren zur Herstellung von haftungsvermindernden oder haftungsverhindernden Oberflächen. EP 2 159 251 A1.

  • Meier, Lorenz; Hirayama, Martina (2006). Haftungsvermindernde oder haftungsverhindernde Oberflächen. Patent Application. EP 06002415.5.

Selected Publications

  • Grube, Svenja; Siegmann, Konstantin; Hirayama, Martina (2015). A moisture-absorbing and abrasion resistant transparent coating on polystyrene. J. Coat. Technol. Res., 12, 4. 669-680.

  • Susoff, Markus; Siegmann, Konstantin; Pfaffenroth, Cornelia; Hirayama, Martina (2013). Evaluation of icephobic coatings–screening of different coatings and influence of roughness . Applied Surface Science, 282. 870-879.

  • Siegmann, Konstantin; Sterchi, Robert; Widler, Roland; Hirayama, Martina (2013). Lime repellent polyethylene additives. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 129, DOI: 10.1002/APP.38928. 2727–2734.

  • Siegmann, Konstantin; Sterchi, Robert; Zuber , Franziska; Vetterli, Bettina; Widler , Roland; Hirayama, Martina (2011). Sol-Gel coatings with lime repellent properties. J. Sol-Gel Sci. Technol., DOI 10.1007 (2011). 10971.

  • Thürer, Reto; Vigassy, Tamas; Hirayama, Martina; Wang, Joseph; Bakker, Eric; Pretsch, Ernö (2007). Potentiometric Immunoassay with Quantum Dot Labels. Analytical Chemistry, 79. 5107.

  • Hirayama, Martina; Zhang, Xuequn; Deckert, Volker; Steiger, Beat; Suter, Ulrich; Pretsch, Ernö (2004). Covalent binding of biorecognition groups to solids using poly(hydromethylsiloxane) as linkage. Talanta, 63 (2004). 159.

  • Hirayama, Martina; Soares, Marie; Caseri, Walter; Suter, Ulrich; Goussev, Olga (2000). Activated Poly(hydromethylsiloxane)s as Novel Adhesion Promoters for Metallic Surfaces. Journal of Adhesion, 72 (2000). 51.

  • Hirayama, Martina; Caseri, Walter; Suter, Ulrich (1999). Strongly attached ultrathin polymer layers on metal surfaces obtained by activation of Si-H Bonds. Applied Surface Science, 143 (1999). 256.

Selected projects

  • Antifreeze Coatings

  • Anticalcification Coatings

  • Antiadhesive Coatings

  • Scratch Resistant Coatings

  • Adhesion Promotion Coatings

  • Polyamide Nanocomposites

  • PET Nanocomposites

  • Aerogels

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), since 2016 Member of the Foundation Board

  • Zurich Chamber of Commerce, since 2017 Member of the Board

  • Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW), 2014 – 2017 Member of the Board

  • Swiss Study Foundation, since 2014 Member of the Foundation Board

  • Swiss Competence Centers for Energy Research (SCCER), 2013 – 2017 Member of the Steering Committee

  • National Research Fund Luxembourg (FNR), since 2011 Member of the Expert Panel

  • Freiburg Materials Research Center of the Albert-Ludwig University of Freiburg, since 2010 Member of the Board of Trustees

  • National Research Programme NRP 62 "Smart Materials" of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), 2008 – 2015 Member of the Steering Committee

  • European Commission, since 2007 Expert

  • Division Polymers and Colloids of the Swiss Chemical Society (SCG), 2007 – 2010 Member of the Board

  • International Packaging Institute (IPI) Schaffhausen, since 2005 Member of the Scientific Committee


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