Gruppe: Team


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Claudia Hössbacher

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.

Wolfgang Heni

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 is developing nano-technology 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.



Benedikt Bäuerle

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 in experience in optical communiations system to Polariton. He enjoys outdoor activities, beekeeping, hiking, mountaineering, and many more…

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 Duran 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 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 thermodynamical 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 Güsken 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.