EMPA, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

EMPA, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

EMPA, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology   link
Location: Dübendorf, Thun, St.Gallen
Überland Str. 129, 8600 Dübendorf
Feuerwerkerstrasse 39, 3603 Thun
Lerchenfeldstrasse 5, 9014 St. Gallen

Discipline: Materials Science
Affiliation: ETH Board

Empa is a materials science and technology research institution. It belongs to the ETH domain and as such is an important element in education, science and innovation in Switzerland. It specializes in applications, focused research and development, and provides high-level services in the field of sustainable materials science and technology. Its core tasks are innovative collaboration with industry and public institutions, ensuring the safety of people and the environment, knowledge propagation and university-level teaching.

Health - Life Sciences - Sep 24
Health - Life Sciences
Empa researcher Peter Nirmalraj wants to image proteins with unprecedented precision - and thus gain insights into the molecular pathogenesis of Alzheimer's. This should pave the way for an earlier diagnosis of the dementia disorder via a simple blood test. Together with neurologists from the Kantonsspital St.Gallen, a successful pilot study has now been completed.
Environment - Materials Science - Sep 22
Environment - Materials Science

Solar cells as design objects now adorn the façade above the main entrance to the NEST building of Empa and Eawag. The design is the result of an interdisciplinary competition organized by the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU) together with Empa. The winning project installed at the NEST façade shows how photovoltaic modules can be visually integrated into buildings and improve architectural quality.

Environment - Materials Science - Sep 7
Environment - Materials Science

A new efficiency record of 21.4% for flexible CIGS solar cell on polymer film has been achieved by scientists at Empa. Solar cells of this type are especially suited for applications on roofs, transport vehicles or mobile devices.

Innovation - Environment - Sep 3
Innovation - Environment

Less than four months after the groundbreaking ceremony, the foundation for the co-operate research campus of Empa and Eawag was laid on 3 September 2021. At the ceremony in Dübendorf, representatives of all partners filled a time capsule with contemporary items in the presence of around 50 guests, thus giving the starting signal for co-operate.

Environment - Architecture - Aug 24
Environment - Architecture

Switzerland's building stock is quite impressive. There are around 1.8 million buildings in the country, but only one percent of this building stock is renovated each year. In other words, it will take 100 years for the entire building stock in the country to be renovated - which would be too slow to achieve the energy transition. But before politicians decide on stimulating subsidies, this daunting task must first be structured: Which measures make sense for which buildings? And where to start?

Environment - Physics - Aug 12
Environment - Physics

Alain Aerni is trying to look into the future: His "Crystalball" energy control system combines photovoltaics, heat pumps and charging stations and uses weather reports to predict energy requirements. In late 2020 he presented his system at an event at the Empa Akademie.

Materials Science - Economics - Sep 13

On 26 August 1992, two people entered the Empa reception in Dübendorf with two samples of osmium-187 - a rare and valuable isotope of the platinum metal - which they wanted to have analyzed. This required an inorganic mass spectrometer, of which there were only 11 in Switzerland at the time - one belonging to Empa. Peter Richner, a chemist and head of the trace analysis group (and now its Deputy CEO), was the only person at Empa specialized in this kind of work. He took the project on.

Physics - Materials Science - Sep 6
Physics - Materials Science

The COgITOR project is being funded by the EU with about 3.5 million Euros for the next four years. Coordinated by the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Genoa and with the participation of scientists, COgITOR aims to develop a spherical, liquid cybernetic system that can be used in extreme environments or on other planets.

Materials Science - Innovation - Aug 31
Materials Science - Innovation

Sprint sets new standards for circular construction: In only ten months, flexible and COVID-19-compliant office spaces were built at NEST, the research and innovation platform of Empa and Eawag, using mostly reused materials and components. The new NEST unit demonstrates: The stock of reusable materials and the re-use potential in the construction industry are huge and just need to be picked up and utilized.

Materials Science - Health - Aug 19
Materials Science - Health

Closing wounds in the digestive tract is a challenge. researchers have now developed a polymer patch for the intestine that can be used to stably bond and seal internal injuries.

Environment - Computer Science - Aug 6
Environment - Computer Science

Torrential rain and flooding have dominated the weather over the past few weeks. To forecast these weather events with greater accuracy and gain a better understanding of them against the backdrop of global climate change, ETH Zurich and partners are developing a new generation of high-resolution weather and climate models.

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