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Department of Land Economy

Environment, Law & Economics


Michael is a Master’s student in Physics at ETH Zürich (Switzerland). He is currently conducting research as part of his thesis, supervised by Prof. Laura Diaz Anadon at the University of Cambridge and Prof. Didier Sornette at ETH Zürich.

As a visiting researcher in the Department of Land Economy, he is investigating technology spillovers in solid-state lighting, with the aim to derive policy recommendations to accelerate innovation in clean energy technologies.

As part of his research with the C-EENRG, Michael is analysing the performance implications of technological breakthroughs in the device architecture and manufacturing process of GaN based light-emitting diodes. To further capture the economic impact of these breakthroughs, he is building a process-step resolution manufacturing cost model for device architectures spanning almost three decades.

Michael holds an undergraduate degree in Engineering Physics from Vienna University of Technology and has gathered research experience in solid-state physics at CERN in Geneva as well the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Despite enjoying the many benefits of solid-state lighting technology, he is very fond of the candle lit formal dinners at Peterhouse College.

Michael’s research is supported through a grant of the Swiss Study Foundation:

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Solid-State Lighting
Light-Emitting Diodes
Quality of Light
Technology Spillovers

 Michael   Weinold

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