Patrick Hilpisch


Master student

Office A215

Phone: +41 32 718 22 51



Research interests


The first year of master’s degree of Biogeosciences allowed me to increase my interest in the interactions between microorganisms and the geosphere. These interactions, which can be found in nature, include transformations of metal species by solubilization (leaching) and/or biomineralization (precipitation) and can be applied for the recovery of valuable materials from anthropogenic wastes. The purpose of my master thesis is to recover lithium from spent lithium-ion batteries, using the metabolic properties of different fungi and bacteria in two distinct steps: leaching and precipitation.




  • September 2018 – present: Master of Biogeosciences (Universities of Neuchâtel and Lausanne)


  • September 2015 – June 2018: Bachelor of Natural Systems (University of Neuchâtel)