news from the lab 2016
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Materials Science - Electroengineering - 29.02.2016
Stretchable electronics that quadruple in length
29. EPFL researchers have developed conductive tracks that can be bent and stretched up to four times their original length. They could be used in artificial skin, connected clothing and on-body sensors. Conductive tracks are usually hard printed on a board. But those recently developed at EPFL are altogether different: they are almost as flexible as rubber and can be stretched up to four times their original length and in all directions.
Materials Science - Physics - 26.02.2016
Graphene Slides Smoothly Across Gold
Graphene, a modified form of carbon, offers versatile potential for use in coating machine components and in the field of electronic switches. An international team of researchers led by physicists at the University of Basel have been studying the lubricity of this material on the nanometer scale. Since it produces almost no friction at all, it could drastically reduce energy loss in machines when used as a coating, as the researchers report .
Materials Science - Chemistry - 15.02.2016
"Swiss army knife" molecule
Scientists at ETH Zurich and an ETH spin-off have developed a novel polymer for coating materials, in order to prevent biofilms from forming on their surfaces.
Materials Science - Life Sciences - 25.01.2016
Highly efficient heavy metal ions filter
ETH researchers have developed a new water filtration system that is superior to existing systems in many respects: it is extremely efficient at removing various toxic heavy metal ions and radioactive substances from water and can even be used in gold recovery.
Electroengineering - Materials Science - 25.01.2016
Producing electrical power with cardboard, tape, and a pencil
A small device made from everyday materials can generate enough energy to power several diodes. This clever discovery by an EPFL researcher was presented yesterday at a global conference on microand nanosystems in Shanghai.
Electroengineering - Materials Science - 20.01.2016
Charging an electric car as fast as filling a tank of gas
20. Electric cars will be competitive when they can be charged in the time it takes to fill the gas tank.
Materials Science - Environment - 18.01.2016
Cheaper solar cells with 20.2% efficiency
EPFL scientists have developed a solar-panel material that can cut down on photovoltaic costs while achieving competitive power-conversion efficiency of 20.