We are an international, multilingual and multidisciplinary group. Our diversity unites us into an innovative and strong team. 

Claudia Hössbacher

Co-Founder & CEO

Claudia is co-founder and CEO of Polariton Technologies. Prior to Polariton, she was a post-doc in the group of Juerg Leuthold at ETH Zurich, where she also received her PhD in plasmonic modulators for optical communications in 2017. She further holds a Master’s degree in Optics and Photonics from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany. With >6 years of experience in high-speed electro-optics, she has always been interested in applications and was awarded the ETH Pioneer Fellowship to transfer her research project into innovative products. Outside the office, Claudia loves dancing and enjoys being outside while biking, camping and hiking.

Benedikt Bäuerle

Co-Founder & Co-CTO

Benedikt co-founded Polariton Technologies while finishing his PhD at ETH Zurich in the research group of Juerg Leuthold. He worked on optical communication systems, digital signal processing, and the system integration of plasmonics modulators. Previously, he received his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.
Benedikt brings more than 10 years of experience in optical communications systems to Polariton. He enjoys outdoor activities, beekeeping, hiking, mountaineering, and many more…

Wolfgang Heni

Co-Founder & Co-CTO

Wolfgang is co-founder and CTO of Polariton Technologies. Before founding Polariton, he worked as a research assistant at ETH Zurich, where he received his PhD in January 2019. During his PhD in Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, he developed high-speed plasmonics electro-optic modulators at the Institute of Electromagnetic Fields, ETH Zurich. He received his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology with distinction (“mit Auszeichnung”) from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.
Wolfgang has been developing nanotechnology-based solutions for optical communication for more than 6 years, strongly focusing on application-driven R&D. In 2018 he was awarded the BRIDGE Proof-of-Concept fellowship by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Swiss Innovation Agency Innosuisse.
At Polariton Technologies Wolfgang leads chip-level research and product development to bring the first plasmonic electro-optic modulator to the market.

Eva De Leo


Eva joined Polariton Technologies after receiving her PhD from the Optical Materials Engineering Laboratory of ETH Zurich where she developed new plasmonic and photonic nanostructures for use in sensing, spectroscopy, integrated light sources and thermal emitters.
She received her Master of Science in Micro and Nanotechnologies for Integrated Systems as a joint degree from the Politecnico di Torino, INP Grenoble and EPFL.
At Polariton Technologies she designs and investigates nanoscale processes and materials to develop high-performance integrated optical devices

Patrick Habegger


Patrick joined Polariton Technologies after receiving his Master of Science from the department of information technology and electrical engineering of ETH Zürich, with the main focus on photonics and electronics.
Outside of office, Patrick likes to stay active practicing different sports such as mountain biking, cross-country skiing or working as a kick-boxing instructor.

Hamit Duran


Hamit received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from ETH Zurich, Switzerland in 1988 after which he worked as a scientist and Ph.D. student at the Institute for Quantum Electronics (Prof. Dr. H. Melchior) with focus on the development of advanced integrated circuits and packages for optoelectronic communication applications.”
In 1995, he joined the Institute for Business and Production Management (BWI) at ETH Zurich. Switzerland, where he worked as post-doc on chip-on-board and multichip module technology and conducted post-graduate studies in business and production management.
Since 1997, he has worked for different companies in Switzerland, Germany and the US, amongst them Philips Semiconductors, ABB Semiconductors, Texas Instruments and Huawei Technologies where he focused on the development of advanced semiconductor packages.
From 2012 until 2014, he was Chapter Chair of the IEEE Switzerland CPMT Chapter (now IEEE Electronics Packaging Society Chapter).
Hamit joined Polariton in August 2020 as a Senior Packaging Engineer developing the next generation of high-speed electro-optic plasmonic modulator modules.

Nino del Medico


Nino joined Polariton after receiving his Master of Science from the department of mechanical and process engineering at ETH Zurich. During his studies, he primarily focused on thermodynamic and optical material properties in micro-and nanotechnology.
Nino likes to engage in all sorts of outside activities such as hiking, cycling and various other sports while at the same time looking for and valuing social and cultural encounters.

Norbert Meier


Norbert joined Polariton Technologies in October 2020 as a R&D Process Engineer. He designs and investigates nanoscale processes for silicon photonic and plasmonic structures to develop high-performance electro-optic plasmonic modulator modules.
He received his M.Sc. in Micro- and Nanotechnology as a joint degree from Empa, a Swiss federal research institute within the ETH Domain and the Universities of Applied Science in Vorarlberg (FHV), Buchs (NTB), and Winterthur (ZHAW). He further holds a Dipl. Ing. FH in “Datenanalyse und Prozessdesign” from ZHAW.
Prior to Polariton, Norbert worked for the Nonlinear Optics Group at the ETH Zürich, at Heptagon Oy in Rüschlikon and at the IBM Research Laboratory in Rüschlikon, Switzerland. At IBM Research – Zurich, he passed most of his professional career and was for more than 14 years a member of the Photonics and Neuromorphic Devices and Systems Group. He was involved in many different projects with focus on optic lenses and diffractive optical elements, polymer optical interconnects, silicon photonics and artificial intelligence (AI) hardware accelerator.
In his spare time, Norbert loves to spend time with his family, enjoys taking a tour on his road bike or meeting with his old hockey colleagues on the ice for a game till “sudden death”.

Nicholas Güsken


Nicholas received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Physics from RWTH Aachen University, Germany in 2013 and 2016. Additionally, he received a M.Sc. degree in Nanotechnology from the University Sorbonne – Paris VI, France in 2014 and a M.Sc. degree in Management, Business and Economics from RWTH Aachen University, Germany in 2016.
Nicholas completed his Ph.D. in Physics with focus on Nanophotonics, Plasmonics and Opto-electronics at Imperial College London in January 2020 for which he was awarded the Imperial Solid State Thesis Prize 2020. This was followed by a research associate position in the same group (Prof. Dr. Maier and Prof. Dr. Oulton) until joining Polariton Technologies in November 2020.
At Polariton, Nicholas is involved in the R&D chip-development and bringing a viable product to the market.

Marcel Destraz


Marcel Destraz received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from ETH Zurich, Switzerland in 2018. During his Masters, he heavily focused on optical communication and already supported Polariton during a semester and the master thesis.
For several years during his study, he worked as a recruiter for one of Switzerland’s most prestigious headhunters. During this time, he also was project leader for an annually published study of the composition of the top management of Switzerland’s 100 largest companies. He collected further work experience at a large energy company and in various positions in the event industry.
Marcel joined Polariton in April 2021 as an Application Engineer determining and developing the next generation of high-speed electro-optic plasmonic modulators in close contact with our customers.
In his spare time, Marcel is an avid jogger, loves to play tennis or go for a hike. In every sphere of life, he enjoys discovering and experiencing new things.

Helena Echeverri


Helena joins Polariton as Marketing Manager in 2021. Born in Medellin, Colombia, she has a degree in social communication and a specialization in digital marketing. She has been working in this field for the last seven years. Her multicultural point of view and experience add to our team diversity. Her hobbies are crochet, city touring and chess.

Juerg Leuthold

Scientific Advisor

Juerg Leuthold received the Ph.D. degree in physics from ETH Zurich, Zurich, for work in the field of integrated optics and all-optical communications, in 1998. Since 2013, he has been the head of the Institute of Electromagnetic Fields (IEF), ETH Zurich. From 2004 to2013, he was affiliated with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, where he was the Head of the Institute of Photonics and Quantum Electronics and the Helmholtz Institute of Microtechnology. From 1999 to 2004 he was affiliated with Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies, Holmdel, NJ, USA.

Rolando Hess


Rolando is a seasoned business manager and has founded companies in finance, high tech and international business expansion. He has a background in optoelectronics (PhD ETHZ) – ultrafast all optical modulators, finance (Credit Suisse) and an MBA for Sustainability Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ESCP). He worked more than 15 years in telecommunication companies (Alcatel, Lucent, Nokia) in different positions – product marketing, international business development, mergers & acquisitions, processes improvement, legal, government and public affairs. He supports startups in the high-tech domain.

Christian Funck


Christian Funck received his M.S. degree in electrical engineering at ETH Zurich, Switzerland in 2016. His passion lies in the field of electromagnetics and photonics. After his degree, he worked in different R&D environments, including at SPEAG as an application engineer for electromagnetic sensors, and at University of Zurich, in medical device development. 

Christian joined Polariton in August 2020, and is currently part of the electromagnetic simulation team. 

Valentino Tedaldi


Adrian Langenbach

He studied physics at ETH and during his masters he worked on a pulsed high power laser system that will be used for laser spectroscopy. A lot of skills he learned there are very applicable to the internship he is currently doing at Polariton Technologies. At Polariton he is working in the back end of line team to determine the reliability and persistence of our modules. In his free time he likes to do sports (volleyball, mountainbiking etc.) and he loves to sing. Therefore he is involved in a variety of choirs and other music projects.

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