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Physics - 13.10.2016
24 hours at the ESI Platform (video)
How can surplus power that can't be fed into the electric grid be made usable? A fictitious day at the Energy System Integration Platform at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI.

Physics - Chemistry - 11.10.2016
Selectively conductive or insulating
Selectively conductive or insulating
Highly sensitive X-ray scattering shows why an exotic material is sometimes a metal, sometimes an insulator. Some materials hold surprising - and possibly useful - properties: neodymium nickel oxide is either a metal or an insulator, depending on its temperature. This characteristic makes the material a potential candidate for transistors in modern electronic devices.

Physics - Materials Science - 10.10.2016
Molten salt reactors - exploring an alternative
Molten salt reactors – exploring an alternative
The Paul Scherrer Institute PSI was formed in 1988, in part from the Swiss Federal Institute for Reactor Research.

Physics - 05.10.2016

Physics - 05.10.2016
Physicists at the PSI's large-scale research facilities are thinking beyond the Nobel Prize theories
Physicists at the PSI’s large-scale research facilities are thinking beyond the Nobel Prize theories
This year's Nobel Prize for Physics goes to David Thouless, Duncan Haldane, and Michael Kosterlitz for their investigations of topological phases and phase transitions in matter.

Physics - Administration - 04.10.2016
ERC funding of ?2.4 million for research on fundamental interactions in magnets
ERC funding of ?2.4 million for research on fundamental interactions in magnets
Christian Rüegg of the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI has been awarded a prestigious Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council (ERC).

Physics - Materials Science - 04.10.2016
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A "nano-golf course" to precisely assemble nanoparticles
The nanoparticles in the droplet encounter obstacles, they detach from the liquid and are captured by the holes©Valentin Flauraud/ 2016 EPFL 04.10.16 - EPFL researchers have developed a method to place and position hundreds of thousands of nanoparticles very precisely on a one centimeter square surface.

Physics - 03.10.2016
Measuring forces with oscillations
Measuring forces with oscillations
Researchers at ETH Zurich have discovered a peculiar feature in oscillations similar to that of a child's swing. As a result, they have succeeded in outlining a novel principle for small, high-resolution sensors, and have submitted a patent application for it. A child swings on a swing, gaining momentum with its legs.

Research Management - Physics - 28.09.2016
Nine EPFL scientists in Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers
Nine EPFL scientists in Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers
28.09.16 - Nine EPFL scientists have been included in the prestigious Thomson Reuters? list of Highly Cited Researchers.

Physics - 26.09.2016
Ultrafast processes in the blink of an eye
Ultrafast processes in the blink of an eye
Ultrafast processes beyond the human imagination occur in nature, but basic research has been able to measure and explore them only since the turn of the millennium.

Physics - 26.09.2016
3D-nanoprinting to turbocharge microscopes
3D-nanoprinting to turbocharge microscopes
26.09.16 - EPFL researchers have printed nanometric-scale sensors capable of improving the performance of atomic force microscopes. Tiny sensors made through nanoscale 3D printing may be the basis for the next generation of atomic force microscopes. These nanosensors can enhance the microscopes? sensitivity and detection speed by miniaturizing their detection component up to 100 times.

Environment - Physics - 22.09.2016
Renewable energy: Experimental platform ESI is starting up
Renewable energy: Experimental platform ESI is starting up
This fall, the time has come: The Energy System Integration Platform at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI goes into operation.

Physics - Computer Science - 21.09.2016
Artificial Intelligence Helps in the Discovery of New Materials
Artificial Intelligence Helps in the Discovery of New Materials
With the help of artificial intelligence, chemists from the University of Basel in Switzerland have computed the characteristics of about two million crystals made up of four chemical elements. The researchers were able to identify 90 previously unknown thermodynamically stable crystals that can be regarded as new materials.

Chemistry - Physics - 13.09.2016
On-Surface Chemistry Leads to Novel Products
On-Surface Chemistry Leads to Novel Products
On-surface chemical reactions can lead to novel chemical compounds not yet synthesized by solution chemistry. The first-step, second-step, and third-step products can be analyzed in detail using a high-resolution atomic force microscope, as demonstrated in Nature by scientists from the Swiss Nanoscience Institute and the Department of Physics at Basel University and their colleagues from Japan and Finland.

Physics - Pharmacology - 08.09.2016
Affordable detectors for gamma radiation
A research team at Empa and ETH Zurich has developed single crystals made of lead halide perovskites, which are able to gage radioactive radiation with high precision. Initial experiments have shown that these crystals, which can be manufactured from aqueous solutions or low-priced solvents, work just as well as conventional cadmium telluride semi-conductors, which are considerably more complicated to produce.

Health - Physics - 06.09.2016
Nanotechnology Supports Treatment of Malignant Melanoma
Nanotechnology Supports Treatment of Malignant Melanoma
Changes in the genetic make-up of tissue samples can be detected quickly and easily using a new method based on nanotechnology. This report researchers from the Swiss Nanoscience Institute, the University of Basel and the University Hospital Basel in first clinical tests with genetic mutations in patients with malignant melanoma.

Physics - 02.09.2016
Michel Calame appointed new head of lab
The Reliability Science and Technology lab is set to focus on the topic of nanoscale transport phenomena and will have a new head, Michel Calame.

Physics - Electroengineering - 26.08.2016
Electrons at the speed limit
Electrons at the speed limit
Electronic components have become faster and faster over the years, thus making powerful computers and other technologies possible. Researchers at ETH Zurich have now investigated how fast electrons can ultimately be controlled with electric fields. Their insights are of importance for the petahertz electronics of the future.

Physics - Chemistry - 12.08.2016
The deuteron too poses a mystery
The deuteron too poses a mystery
The deuteron — just like the proton — is smaller than previously thought The deuteron — one of the simplest atomic nuclei, consisting of just one proton and one neutron — is considerably smaller than previously thought. This finding was arrived at by an international research group that carried out experiments at the Paul Scherrer Institute, PSI.

Physics - Chemistry - 12.08.2016
Deuteron smaller than thought
Deuteron smaller than thought
The deuteron - one of the simplest atomic nuclei, consisting of just one proton and one neutron - is considerably smaller than previously thought. This finding was arrived at by an international research group. A deuteron is a very simple atomic nucleus made up of just one proton and one neutron - that is, one each of the two nuclear building blocks.

Physics - Chemistry - 03.08.2016
Better Contrast Agents Based on Nanoparticles
Scientists at the University of Basel have developed nanoparticles which can serve as efficient contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging. This new type of nanoparticles produce around ten times more contrast than the actual contrast agents and are responsive to specific environments. The journal Chemical has published these results.

Physics - 26.07.2016
A new Type of Quantum Bit
A new Type of Quantum Bit
In a quantum computer, quantum states form the smallest information units and replace the binary code used by today's computers. Until now, these so-called qubits were typically created in a semiconductor using individual electrons, but these were vulnerable to dephasing. Now, an international team of researchers led by physicists from the University of Basel has succeeded in using a missing electron to create a qubit.

Health - Physics - 26.07.2016
Designer nuclide for medical applications
Designer nuclide for medical applications
Radionuclides are unstable atoms that emit radiation when they decay in an attempt to obtain stability.

Physics - Environment - 21.07.2016
New journal for nanosafety
Empa researcher Bernd Nowack is one of the editors-in-chief of the trade journal NanoImpact, which was launched in May, the first journal to focus solely on nanosafety research.

Physics - Computer Science - 18.07.2016
A Playful Approach to Quantum Computing
A Playful Approach to Quantum Computing
One day, quantum computers will perform rapid calculations and solve complex tasks for us. However, there are a few hurdles to overcome along the way.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 18.07.2016
Hitching a ride to gamma-ray bursts
Hitching a ride to gamma-ray bursts
POLAR detector developed at the PSI flies into orbit with a Chinese space mission Researchers working with Wojciech Hajdas at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI have developed a detector called POLAR. This instrument is expected to search out and investigate so-called gamma ray bursts coming from the depths of the universe.

Physics - Event - 17.07.2016
Medals Awarded to Physics Talent at the International Physics Olympiad
Medals Awarded to Physics Talent at the International Physics Olympiad
Kurt Bodenmüller Media Officer, University of Zurich Phone +41 44 634 44 67 E-mail Irène Steinegger-Meier Joint Executive Director, Association of Swiss Science Olympiads Phone +41 31 631 39 86 E-mai

Physics - Materials Science - 30.06.2016
The interplay between adhesion and
An international team of researchers headed by the University of Zurich and with participation of Empa has developed a system that enables them to electrically switch back and forth between adhesion and stiction (static friction) of a water drop on a solid surface.

Physics - Pharmacology - 29.06.2016
To starve a tumour
To starve a tumour
Forty years of research on cell growth PSI researcher Kurt Ballmer-Hofer is concerned with the question of how tumours could be starved by preventing the development of blood vessels.

Materials Science - Physics - 15.06.2016
Tera incognita
Tera incognita
Although terahertz radiation is as harmless as a lukewarm cup of tea, it can penetrate textiles and come into with the surface of the skin.

Physics - Chemistry - 09.06.2016
One atom at a time
One atom at a time
How a chemist investigates superheavy elements Robert Eichler wants to determine the chemical properties of superheavy atoms.

Physics - 30.05.2016
Zebra - a new instrument for the PSI
Zebra - a new instrument for the PSI
with Oksana Zaharko New scientific questions demand ever better experimental equipment. In this , PSI researcher Oksana Zaharko reports on the challenges of setting up a new instrument for research with neutrons.

Physics - Materials Science - 27.05.2016
L’EPFL a décroché 50 millions d’euros de «grants» malgré les écueils
27.05.16 - La course aux «ERC Grants» a souri à l'EPFL ces deux dernières années. Entre 2014 et 2015, onze chercheurs ont reçu un «Advanced grant» dans le cadre du programme «Horizon 2020». Ils obtiendront chacun un financement de l'ordre de 2,5 millions d'euros sur cinq ans. C'est peut-être une forme de baroud d'honneur, tant l'avenir de la participation de la Suisse aux programmes de recherche et de financement européens est incertain.

Physics - Materials Science - 27.05.2016
Nearly 50 million euros of ERC grants for EPFL, despites obstacles
27.05.16 - EPFL fared well in the competition for European Research Council (ERC) grants in 2014 and 2015 within the Horizon 2020 framework, with 11 researchers winning an Advanced Grant. That translates into 2.5 million euros over five years for each of them. This may be Switzerland's last stand, since its eligibility for European research and funding programs is in jeopardy.

Physics - Life Sciences - 06.05.2016
Experiment in a hovering droplet
Experiment in a hovering droplet
First successful protein structural analysis in a levitating drop of liquid Knowledge of the exact structure of proteins - those biological molecules that perform multifaceted and essential functions in the organism - is crucial, for example, in producing new active ingredients for drugs. This protein structure is normally deciphered by means of X-radiation through so-called X-ray structural analysis.

Physics - Health - 03.05.2016
An Experiment Seeks to Make Quantum Physics Visible to the Naked Eye
An Experiment Seeks to Make Quantum Physics Visible to the Naked Eye
Predictions from quantum physics have been confirmed by countless experiments, but no one has yet detected the quantum physical effect of entanglement directly with the naked eye. This should now be possible thanks to an experiment proposed by a team around a theoretical physicist at the University of Basel.

Physics - 21.04.2016
The Atom Without Properties
The Atom Without Properties
The microscopic world is governed by the rules of quantum mechanics, where the properties of a particle can be completely undetermined and yet strongly correlated with those of other particles. Physicists from the University of Basel have observed these so-called Bell correlations for the first time between hundreds of atoms.

Environment - Physics - 15.04.2016
Forest Discovery: Trees Trade Carbon Among Each Other
Forest Discovery: Trees Trade Carbon Among Each Other
Forest trees use carbon not only for themselves; they also trade large quantities of it with their neighbours. Botanists from the University of Basel report this . The extensive carbon trade among trees - even among different species - is conducted via symbiotic fungi in the soil. It is well known that plants take up carbon dioxide from the air by photosynthesis.

Physics - Materials Science - 04.04.2016
The beaming Italian
About 18 months ago, Davide Bleiner took over the helm at Empa's Laboratory for Advanced Analytical Technologies.

Health - Physics - 21.03.2016
Microagents with revolutionary potential
Micro and nanorobots that attack tumours with maximum precision using drugs: this is what the fight against cancer may look like in the future. A group of ETH researchers led by Salvador Pané are laying the foundations with magnetoelectric-controlled Janus machines. The Janus particles move by means of rotating magnetic fields (l.).

Physics - Chemistry - 09.02.2016
Crystal chirality and the asymmetry of
Crystals of biominerals like the ones in bone or teeth oftentimes occur only either in a leftor right-handed form, which relate to each other like an object and its mirror image. How this "chirality" is conferred to these otherwise achiral crystals is poorly understood. Now an international team of researchers led by Empa scientists has shown for the first time how chiral biomolecules imprint their handedness on crystal surfaces at a molecular level, as they report in "Nature Chemistry".

Career - Physics - 05.02.2016
Support for early career researchers
Generous research funding is allocated to Empa from the EU's budget.

Physics - Chemistry - 07.01.2016
Using a microscopic ring to produce pulsed light
Using a microscopic ring to produce pulsed light
Researchers funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation have made a chip-based device that can generate a laser signal with frequencies spaced in a comb-like fashion. Their work could be used in tele applications and in chemical analysis. In general, light and water waves alike stretch out and dissipate as they move further and further away from their source.

Physics - 23.12.2015
Rotate an Image, Another One Appears
23.12.15 - Hidden elements can now be placed into an inkjet printed image, thanks to EPFL software.

Physics - 18.12.2015
CERN Director-General Rolf Heuer passes the baton to Fabiola Gianotti
Geneva, 18 December 2015. The 178th session of the CERN Council today saw the handover ceremony from Rolf Heuer, CERN 's Director-General for the past seven years, to Fabiola Gianotti, who will take up her functions at the head of the Organization on 1 January 2016.

Physics - Materials Science - 08.12.2015
Appointments at EPFL
Appointments at EPFL
08.12.15 - The Board of the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology has announced the appointment of four professors at EPFL. Jürgen Brugger as Full Professor of Microtechnology in the School of Engineering (STI) Jürgen Brugger is an innovator in the field of microsystems. His research focuses in particular on microand nano-manufacturing techniques as well as on the integration of novel functional materials such as microlenses and conductive inks into the latest generation of microsystems.

Physics - 25.11.2015
The LHC collides ions at new record energy
Geneva, 25 November 2015. After the successful restart of the Large Hadron Collider and its first months of data taking with proton collisions at a new energy frontier, the LHC is moving to a new phase, with the first lead-ion collisions of season 2 at an energy about twice as high as that of any previous collider experiment.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 25.11.2015
100 years of relativity and enthusiasm for bringing science to the pu
25.11.15 - Time and space are celebrating their 100th wedding anniversary. To mark the centenary of relativity theory, Anais Rassat and her cross-Channel accomplices have put Einstein front and center in an entertaining animated film.

Physics - Materials Science - 17.11.2015
Electrons Always Find a (Quantum) Way
Electrons Always Find a (Quantum) Way
Scientists from the Swiss Nanoscience Institute and the Department of Physics at the University of Basel have demonstrated for the first time how electrons are transported from a superconductor through a quantum dot into a metal with normal conductivity. This transport process through a quantum dot had already been calculated theoretically in the nineties, but scientists at the University of Basel have now succeeded in proving the theory with measurements.