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Physics - Administration - 13.06.2019

Physics - Innovation / Technology - 13.05.2019
In Granada, the European particle physics community prepares decisions for the future of the field
Geneva and Granada. The European particle physics community is meeting this week in Granada, Spain, to discuss the roadmap for the future of the discipline.

Physics - 19.04.2019
EPFL to host the International Physicists' Tournament 2019
EPFL to host the International Physicists' Tournament 2019
Physics enthusiasts will descend on Switzerland for this year's tournament, as the School defends the gold medal it won in 2018 - this time on its home turf.

Physics - Life Sciences - 01.04.2019
Three EPFL professors awarded ERC Advanced Grants
Three EPFL professors awarded ERC Advanced Grants
Professors Pierre Gönczy and Douglas Hanahan (School of Life Sciences), and Professor Tobias J. Kippenberg (School of Basic Sciences/School of Engineering) have been awarded ERC Advanced Grants.

Environment - Physics - 11.03.2019
Turning buildings into energy producers
Turning buildings into energy producers
EPFL has become the coordinator of Be-Smart, an EU research project that aims to step up the deployment of building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) and cut their costs by 75% between now and 2030.

Health - Physics - 28.02.2019
Children are her passion
At the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI, Beate Timmermann built up a programme providing proton therapy for children with cancer at the same time she was raising her own son.

Environment - Physics - 11.02.2019
"The Arctic atmosphere is key to understanding climate change"
This summer, 40 international scientists will participate in the GLACE expedition around Greenland in order to study the effects of climate change in that region.

Physics - Innovation / Technology - 04.02.2019
A new EPFL fund rewards nine open science ideas
A new EPFL fund rewards nine open science ideas
The first call for proposal for the EPFL Open Science Fund attracted nearly 50 propositions. Nine projects were selected and will receive support to develop ideas fostering open and reproducible research on campus, and beyond. In September 2018, EPFL President Martin Vetterli announced the creation of the Open Science Fund to support the best ideas from everyone on campus with a total of CHF 3 Mio over the period 2019-2021.

Life Sciences - Physics - 02.01.2019
Pushing the boundaries of the visible
Our cutting-edge technology platforms are key enablers of research at the FMI. One of the biggest of these, with the largest number of users, is the Facility for Advanced Imaging and Microscopy (FAIM). To find out more about the facility, and microscopy in general, we spoke to the joint heads of FAIM - Christel Genoud, who is responsible for Electron Microscopy, and Laurent Gelman, responsible for Light Microscopy.

Physics - Administration - 06.12.2018
EU grants 14 million to Swiss Researchers
Fuelling the next quantum revolution with the research project HERO An ERC Grant is the most prestigious award for excellent European research projects. A team with three researchers from the ETH Domain had also applied for such a grant. Today, Gabriel Aeppli from the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI, Henrik Rřnnow from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne EPFL and Nicola Spaldin from ETH Zurich, together with their colleague Alexander Balatsky from Nordita, Stockholm University, received the contract signed by the EU confirming the extraordinary 14 million euro funding.

Physics - Career - 30.11.2018
Ten projects awarded
ETH researchers had excellent results in the issuing of ERC grants: they were able to win 10 Consolidator Grants in the amount of 24 million Swiss francs for their research. Researchers from ETH Zurich have never before been able to win so many ERC Consolidator Grants in one round as they managed to this time.

Physics - Innovation / Technology - 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.

Physics - Innovation / Technology - 29.10.2018
Successful ETH quantum researchers
In mid-2017, the European Commission launched a flagship project in the field of quantum technology.

Physics - Innovation / Technology - 29.10.2018
Quantum Technologies Flagship: Basel physicists participate in three research consortia
Quantum Technologies Flagship: Basel physicists participate in three research consortia
Today, the European Commission launched its flagship initiative on quantum technologies. Three research groups from the Department of Physics at the University of Basel are involved. The aim of the 1 billion euro research and technology funding program is to develop radically new and powerful quantum technologies by exploiting various quantum effects.

Physics - Innovation / Technology - 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 - Physics - 16.08.2018
Documenting the effects of climate change in Siberia
Documenting the effects of climate change in Siberia
Annelen Kahl, a post-doc in environmental sciences and engineering at EPFL, will oversee a group of four EPFL students during a three-week stint at a high-tech research station on a Siberian island.

Physics - Chemistry - 28.06.2018

Physics - Event - 28.06.2018

Physics - Chemistry - 21.06.2018
"move" through to the next round
Around two years ago, Empa opened "move", the demonstrator for the mobility of the future, with a view to revealing various paths for mobility with renewable energy.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 18.06.2018

Physics - Innovation / Technology - 14.06.2018
Startup from Basel Qnami wins Venture Kick finals
Startup from Basel Qnami wins Venture Kick finals
The young startup of the University of Basel, Qnami, is the winner of the Venture Kick prize worth 130'000 Swiss Francs.

Physics - Innovation / Technology - 11.06.2018

Physics - Chemistry - 18.05.2018
A day as a young scientist
Physics isn't everyone's favourite subject. At the iLab of the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI, students experience the material in a different way: with experiments instead of memorising formulas.

Physics - 17.05.2018
Investigation into violation of research integrity is concluded
Last summer a breach of integrity in scientific research was reported to the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI. PSI appointed a committee to look into the allegations. The investigative committee concluded that the rules of good scientific practice, as implemented in PSI guidelines, were violated. The management of the Paul Scherrer Institute takes this incident very seriously.

Physics - Environment - 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.

Physics - Innovation / Technology - 03.05.2018

Physics - Innovation / Technology - 23.04.2018

Physics - Innovation / Technology - 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.

Health - Physics - 17.04.2018
Novartis presents first-of-its-kind evidence at AAN reinforcing robust and consistent efficacy of AimovigTM* (erenumab) for migraine patients with multiple treatment failures
Novartis presents first-of-its-kind evidence at AAN reinforcing robust and consistent efficacy of AimovigTM* (erenumab) for migraine patients with multiple treatment failures The LIBERTY trial studie

Physics - Innovation / Technology - 10.04.2018

Physics - Mathematics - 10.04.2018
A major success at the European level
Ten professors from ETH Zurich - two of them female, and eight male - have secured prestigious ERC Advanced Grants.

Chemistry - Physics - 09.04.2018
The fight for clean emissions continues
The fight for clean emissions continues
It is exactly 20 years since experts from Empa and VERT published the first test results on diesel particle filters.

Health - Physics - 27.02.2018
Lausanne-Villigen return
Nowhere in the world have so many ocular tumours been irradiated with protons as at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI.

Physics - Business / Economics - 22.02.2018
Empa presents
Empa presents "gas station of the
What could a "gas station of the future" look like? What services does it offer? Which fuels can be refueled there and where do they come from? Possible answers to these questions can be found at the stand of the of Swiss Oil Industry Association (Erdöl-Vereinigung) at the Geneva Motor Show.

Physics - Chemistry - 15.02.2018
Profitable for both sides
The young company Swiss Hydrogen is located in Fribourg. Here work is under way on competitive high-performance fuel cells that could be used in environmentally friendly vehicles or deployed as stationary power generators.

Physics - 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 - 29.01.2018
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 - 23.01.2018

Physics - Chemistry - 22.01.2018
Optical Nanoscope Allows Imaging of Quantum Dots
Optical Nanoscope Allows Imaging of Quantum Dots
Physicists have developed a technique based on optical microscopy that can be used to create images of atoms on the nanoscale.

Health - Physics - 22.01.2018
Novartis reports erenumab met all primary and secondary endpoints in unique Phase IIIb study in episodic migraine patients who have failed multiple prior preventive treatments
Novartis reports erenumab met all primary and secondary endpoints in unique Phase IIIb study in episodic migraine patients who have failed multiple prior preventive treatments LIBERTY is the first mi

Physics - Chemistry - 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.

Physics - 17.01.2018
Sweat torso to become international
Sweat torso to become international
Empa's sweat torso now meets the ISO standard. How protective clothing affects the human body can be investigated in future with Empa's torso in a standardized way. If a firefighter enters a burning building in full gear, the heat of the fire must not harm him. Appropriate protective clothing protects the wearer from burns, but at the same time it must enable him/her to compensate for the high ambient temperatures by sweating.

Chemistry - Physics - 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.

Physics - Innovation / Technology - 23.12.2017
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