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Academic Rankings - Materials Science - 11.12.2018

Microtechnics - Materials Science - 03.12.2018

Materials Science - Event - 01.12.2018
Creativity: the beautiful sister of science
Creativity: the beautiful sister of science
The beauty of scientific results sometimes only reveals itself to a circle of experts. For the "ArtSci 2019" exhibition at ETH Zurich, however, researchers made the magic of the natural sciences comprehensible to a wider audience.

Materials Science - Innovation - 20.11.2018
Industrial coatings: the next generation
Industrial coatings: the next generation
Industry representatives met at Empa's Thun campus last week to get information on the latest high-tech trends in industrial coatings. The partnership with the Hightech Zentrum Aargau strengthens the transfer of knowledge from research to companies. The joint technology briefing of Empa and the Hightech Zentrum Aargau on 14 November in Thun was fully booked with 80 participants.

Materials Science - Innovation - 16.11.2018
Get rid of sweat at the push of a button
Get rid of sweat at the push of a button
The Swiss sportswear manufacturer KJUS presented the world's first ski jacket with an integrated electronic user-controlled membrane on November 15.

Materials Science - 07.11.2018
Using diamonds to recharge civilian drones in flight
Using diamonds to recharge civilian drones in flight
A small lab-grown diamond measuring a few millimeters per side could one day enable civilian drones to be recharged in mid-flight through a laser. Thanks to the diamond, the laser beam can remain strong enough over a long distance to recharge photovoltaic cells on the drones' surface. This system, which poses no threat to human health, is being developed by EPFL spin-off LakeDiamond.

Health - Materials Science - 01.11.2018
Lifting the mask
Laughter is the best medicine, says medical research.

Materials Science - Physics - 23.10.2018
A new material for the strengthening of buildings
A new material for the strengthening of buildings
A new building material developed at Empa is about to be launched on the market: "memory-steel" can not only be used to reinforce new, but also existing concrete structures.

Materials Science - Business / Economics - 11.10.2018
Joint research on Laser Deposition Welding
Joint research on Laser Deposition Welding
Empa and BeAM, a manufacturer of machines for metal 3D printing, are glad to announce an extensive research and development agreement.

Innovation - Materials Science - 02.10.2018
Cooperation in printed electronics
Cooperation in printed electronics
Empa is expanding its Coating Competence Center (CCC) thanks to a new partnership in the field of printed electronics with US-based equipment manufacturer Optomec.

Materials Science - 10.09.2018

Materials Science - 06.09.2018
Supporting brace for historical steel bridges
Supporting brace for historical steel bridges
Empa scientists are saving iron bridges from the 19th century from collapse. Carbon fiber plasters are strengthening the crumbling structures. A railway bridge in Switzerland and a road bridge in Australia have already been reinforced successfully. Many historical bridges could follow. «Partners in crime» are specialists for steel fatigue at EPFL.

Materials Science - Innovation - 22.08.2018
Two become one - with reactive heat
Two become one - with reactive heat
Reactive nano-multilayers are considered to be a revolution in joining technology. They are envisaged for joining heat-sensitive materials that would otherwise be damaged or even destroyed upon conventional soldering.

Environment - Materials Science - 21.08.2018
An underwater glider for measuring turbulence in Lake Geneva
An underwater glider for measuring turbulence in Lake Geneva
Huge systems of rotating water masses - called gyres - form in oceans and large lakes. Two EPFL laboratories, working with the University of California, Davis, are using an underwater glider to explore one such gyre in Lake Geneva and learn more about how it affects the three-dimensional structure of the aquatic ecosystem.

Materials Science - Architecture - 27.07.2018
Where structure and ornamentation merge
Where structure and ornamentation merge
Researchers at ETH Zurich have fabricated an 80 m2 lightweight concrete slab at the DFAB House, making it the world's first full-scale architectural project to use 3D sand printing for its formwork.

Materials Science - 04.07.2018

Materials Science - Environment - 28.06.2018

Materials Science - Physics - 11.06.2018

Materials Science - 08.06.2018

Materials Science - 07.05.2018
Sun protection without blinds
Sun protection without blinds
Summer. Blue sky. Sunshine. But you don't notice much of it in the office or in your home, because the blinds block the view so that the heat stays outside.

Materials Science - Innovation - 03.05.2018

Astronomy / Space Science - Materials Science - 26.04.2018
Bernese Mars camera CaSSIS sends first colour images from Mars
Bernese Mars camera CaSSIS sends first colour images from Mars
The Mars camera CaSSIS on the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter has returned its first colour images of the red planet.

Materials Science - 23.04.2018

Materials Science - Transport - 20.04.2018
World's largest electric truck in
World’s largest electric truck in
The eDumper dump truck is the largest electric vehicle in the world and will be in operation in a quarry in Péry in the Bernese Jura from 20 April.

Materials Science - Transport - 20.04.2018
Start of work for the world’s largest electric truck
The eDumper dump truck is the largest electric vehicle in the world and will be in operation in the quarry from 20 April.

Physics - Materials Science - 17.04.2018
Hydrogen as a pedalling aid
Hydrogen as a pedalling aid
An e-bike fueled with hydrogen instead of electricity? No, this is not a utopia, but reality: industrial gas specialist Linde has developed a hydrogen pedelec equipped with a compact fuel cell instead of the usual battery. Florian Freund was inspired by the invention for his Matura thesis: He developed a prototype with which the hydrogen e-bike can be refuelled safely at the H2 filling station on the Empa mobility demonstrator move.

Materials Science - Innovation - 12.04.2018
Europe's urban mine
Europe’s urban mine
In January 2018 the first pan-European database for secondary raw materials, including many "critical" ones, went online. Ever since, we have known more about which raw material depots reside in cars, batteries and electronic devices sold, used and stored in the 28 EU countries - and ultimately recycled or disposed of.

Materials Science - Health - 20.03.2018

Environment - Materials Science - 15.03.2018
Removing heavy metals from water
Removing heavy metals from water
EPFL chemists have developed a new material that can remove heavy metals from water and make it drinkable in seconds.

Music - Materials Science - 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.

Innovation - Materials Science - 08.02.2018
Building with waste and recycled
Building with waste and recycled
A residential module fully constructed from reusable, recyclable, and compostable materials: This is the premise for the newest unit in NEST, the modular research and innovation building run by Empa and Eawag in Dübendorf.

Innovation - Materials Science - 08.02.2018
Building with waste and recycled material
Building with waste and recycled material
A residential module fully constructed from reusable, recyclable, and compostable materials: This is the premise for the newest unit in NEST, the modular research and innovation building run by Empa and Eawag in Dübendorf.

Materials Science - Health - 29.01.2018
A ski jacket that actively gets rid of sweat
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.

Materials Science - Health - 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.

Materials Science - 23.01.2018

Physics - Materials Science - 18.01.2018
Looking beyond the horizon
Looking beyond the horizon
Michel Calame is Head of Empa's Transport at Nanoscale Interfaces lab. The name says it all: the physicist aims to conduct research at the interface between physics and biology, where damp systems meet dry electronics and nano-devices display quantum mechanical effects because they are so minuscule.

Materials Science - Architecture - 15.01.2018
Insulating with microscopic bubbles
Insulating with microscopic bubbles
Better thermal insulation means lower heating costs - but this should not be at the expense of exciting architecture.

Chemistry - 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. This takes us one step closer to using the technology commercially. In the quest to find safe, low-cost batteries for the future, eventually we have to ask ourselves a question: Why not simply use water as an electrolyte? Water is inexpensive, available everywhere, non-flammable and can conduct ions.

Materials Science - Architecture - 27.12.2017
Where structure and ornamentation merge
Where structure and ornamentation merge
Researchers at ETH Zurich have fabricated an 80 m2 lightweight concrete slab at the DFAB House, making it the world's first full-scale architectural project to use 3D sand printing for its formwork.

Materials Science - 23.12.2017

Materials Science - Innovation - 22.12.2017
Two become one - with reactive heat
Reactive nano-multilayers are considered to be a revolution in joining technology. They are envisaged for joining heat-sensitive materials that would otherwise be damaged or even destroyed upon conventional soldering.

Materials Science - Environment - 21.12.2017
Clear-cut ideas
Clear-cut ideas
Tanja Zimmermann joined Empa's Board of Directors in September. She runs the new Functional Materials department - another step up in a successful career that began in Empa's Wood lab. Thanks to her inquisitiveness, creativity and an eye for the impossible, Zimmermann helped lift a previously little-known research field onto the international stage "Creativity is a basic requirement in research." Tanja Zimmermann is speaking from experience.

Physics - Materials Science - 17.12.2017
Hydrogen as a pedalling aid
Hydrogen as a pedalling aid
An e-bike fueled with hydrogen instead of electricity? No, this is not a utopia, but reality: industrial gas specialist Linde has developed a hydrogen pedelec equipped with a compact fuel cell instead of the usual battery. Florian Freund was inspired by the invention for his Matura thesis: He developed a prototype with which the hydrogen e-bike can be refuelled safely at the H2 filling station on the Empa mobility demonstrator move.

Materials Science - Innovation - 12.12.2017
Europe as urban mine
Europe as urban mine
In January 2018 the first pan-European database for secondary raw materials, including many "critical" ones, went online. Ever since, we have known more about which raw material depots reside in cars, batteries and electronic devices sold, used and stored in the 28 EU countries - and ultimately recycled or disposed of.

Materials Science - 04.12.2017

Materials Science - Innovation - 30.11.2017

Materials Science - Chemistry - 23.11.2017
Batteries with better performance and
Batteries with better performance and
Researchers from Empa and the University of Geneva have developed a prototype of a novel solid sodium battery with the potential to store extra energy. Phones, laptops, electric cars - batteries are everywhere. And to meet the expectations of today's consumers, these batteries are increasin­gly lighter, more powerful and designed to last longer.

Agronomy / Food Science - Materials Science - 23.11.2017

Materials Science - Chemistry - 14.11.2017
Alloys from the laser printer
Alloys from the laser printer
In the future, new designer alloys for aerospace applications can be manufactured using the 3-D laser melting process (Additive Manufacturing).

Health - Materials Science - 07.11.2017
Muscles out of a spray can
Muscles out of a spray can
An artificial heart would be an absolute lifesaver for people with cardiac failure. However, to recreate the complex organ in the laboratory, one would first need to work out how to grow multi-layered, living tissues.