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Physics/Materials Science - Art and Design
15.02.2018
Sinfonia ai funghi
Sinfonia ai funghi
Do violins made of wood that had been treated with fungi sound the same as a fine, antique instrument? Acoustics experts at Empa are currently studying the body and soul of instruments made of "mycowood". Precision structure-borne sound measurements and psycho-acoustic tests with volunteers should reveal whether a fungal treatment can really improve an instrument.
Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
12.02.2018
Imaging at Paul Scherrer Intitute helps to increase production at ABB site in Aaargau
Imaging at Paul Scherrer Intitute helps to increase production at ABB site in Aaargau
The ABB facility in Wettingen, Aargau, got practical recommendations on increasing output in the manufacture of ceramic components. The ceramics in question are voltage-dependent resistors used in overvoltage protectors - a kind of lightning protection system - for example, in electrical transmission lines.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Physics/Materials Science
05.02.2018
A revolutionary material for aerospace and neuromorphic computing
A revolutionary material for aerospace and neuromorphic computing
Vanadium dioxide's unique properties make it perfect for outperforming silicon and giving rise to a new generation of low-power electronic devices.
Physics/Materials Science
02.02.2018
Revealing the hidden path of perovskite formation
Revealing the hidden path of perovskite formation
EPFL scientists systematically study the path of the sequential deposition reaction used to build perovskite solar panels. The study is published in Science Advances and offers much-needed, fundamental understanding of perovskite formation and its different stages. Image:  Scanning electron microscope (SEM) image showing the formation of methylammonium lead iodide perovskite (CH 3 NH 3 PbI 3 ) by the reaction of lead iodide (PbI 2 ) films with methylammonium iodide (CH 3 NH 3 I) solution for 2 seconds in the dark.
Earth Sciences - Physics/Materials Science
01.02.2018
Physics/Materials Science
29.01.2018
A ski jacket that actively gets rid of
A ski jacket that actively gets rid of
To keep the body warm and dry during winter sports, high-performance clothing is a must. The demands on these textiles are high, as a person sweats up to one liter per hour on his upper body alone when skiing.
Physics/Materials Science - Innovation/Technology
29.01.2018
Using what's there
Using what’s there
At the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI, researchers are looking for solutions that enable energy from the sun, the wind, or biomass to be efficiently integrated into the Swiss energy system. A city - let's call it Esiville - wants to become a trailblazer in sustainability and obtain its energy completely from sun, wind, and biomass.
Physics/Materials Science
26.01.2018
Making lighter vehicles with magnesium alloys
Making lighter vehicles with magnesium alloys
EPFL researchers have developed models of magnesium alloys to understand how to make the metal more pliable. Magnesium is the lightest metal on earth but cannot easily be shaped into usable forms. The researchers hope that with the models will lead to the discovery of new, more malleable alloys, so that carmakers can make lighter vehicles that consume less energy.
Physics/Materials Science
17.01.2018
Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
11.01.2018
Extremely bright and fast light emission
Extremely bright and fast light emission
A type of quantum dot that has been intensively studied in recent years can reproduce light in every colour and is very bright. An international research team that includes scientists from ETH Zurich has now discovered why this is the case. The quantum dots could someday be used in light-emitting diodes.
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
08.01.2018
The salt water battery
The salt water battery
Water could form the basis for future particularly inexpensive rechargeable batteries. Empa researchers have succeeded in doubling the electrochemical stability of water with a special saline solution.
Physics/Materials Science - Business/Economics
21.12.2017
Physics/Materials Science
20.12.2017
Physics/Materials Science - Medicine/Pharmacology
18.12.2017
Using gold nanoparticles to destroy viruses
Using gold nanoparticles to destroy viruses
EPFL researchers have created nanoparticles that attract viruses and, using the pressure resulting from the binding process, destroy them. This revolutionary approach could lead to the development of broad-spectrum antiviral drugs.  HIV, dengue, papillomavirus, herpes and Ebola - these are just some of the many viruses that kill millions of people every year, mostly children in developing countries.
Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
08.12.2017
Guanidinium stabilizes perovskite solar cells at 19% efficiency
Guanidinium stabilizes perovskite solar cells at 19% efficiency
Incorporating guanidinium into perovskite solar cells stabilizes their efficiency at 19% for 1000 hours under full-sunlight testing conditions. With the power-conversion efficiency of silicon solar cells plateauing around 25%, perovskites are now ideally placed to become the market's next generation of photovoltaics.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Physics/Materials Science
08.12.2017
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
07.12.2017
First experiment at SwissFEL carried out successfully
First experiment at SwissFEL carried out successfully
The years of careful planning and construction have paid off: At the newest large-scale research facility of the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI - the free-electron X-ray laser SwissFEL - the first experiment has been carried out successfully. With that, two goals have been achieved: First, a new scientific result is already expected.
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
06.12.2017
The quantum waltz of electrons hints at the next generation of chips
The quantum waltz of electrons hints at the next generation of chips
EPFL researchers have successfully measured some of the quantum properties of electrons in two-dimensional semiconductors. This work in the field of spintronics could one day lead to chips that are not only smaller but that also generate less heat. A group of spintronics researchers at EPFL is using new materials to reveal more of the many capabilities of electrons.
Physics/Materials Science - Innovation/Technology
05.12.2017
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
04.12.2017
Humidity switches molecular diode off and on
Humidity switches molecular diode off and on
Molecular electronics is a growing research area where scientists study electrical properties of the molecules with a chemically programmed function. Molecules can function as diodes, switches and transistors, all with a typical length of few nanometers. An international group of scientists from University of Bern, Leiden University, Delft University of Technology, and Chuo University has developed the first switchable molecular diode.
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