Prof. Dr. Thomas Graule is Head of the Laboratory for High Performance Ceramics at Empa. He studied Inorganic, Analytical and Organic Chemistry, following he completed his PhD at Max Planck Institute for Materials Research, Stuttgart. After working as a scientist at Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, as an assistant professor in advanced shaping techniques at ETH Zürich and in ceramics industry as Head of R D in a Swiss SME he joined Empa in 1999. Thomas is appointed Professor for Nanoparticle Synthesis and Nanocomposite Technology at the University of Freiberg, Germany, visiting professor at the University of Science and Technology, AGH, in Krakow, PL, and lecturer at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Main competence are in (nano) powder synthesis, surface modification of powders and advanced fiber shaping techniques.