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Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
18.01.2018
Looking beyond the horizon
Looking beyond the horizon
Michel Calame is Head of the Transport at Nanoscale Interfaces Laboratory at Empa. 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.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Physics/Materials Science
04.01.2018
Roche launches the cobas Plasma Separation Card to increase access to HIV testing for patients living in remote areas
Roche launches the cobas Plasma Separation Card to increase access to HIV testing for patients living in remote areas New technology allows better testing and monitoring of HIV patients living in rem
Physics/Materials Science - Environment/Sustainable Development
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 - Environment/Sustainable Development
18.12.2017
Physics/Materials Science
13.12.2017
Reading ancient sealed documents
Scientists see inside a sealed testament from the State Archives of Venice using EPFL technology - without breaking the wax seal­­ - and reveal the last wishes of a Venetian lady from the year 1351. EPFL physicists reveal the last wishes of a Venetian woman from the year 1351 contained in a wax-sealed document, without breaking the seal.
Physics/Materials Science - Environment/Sustainable Development
11.12.2017
Physics/Materials Science - Event
06.12.2017
Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
04.12.2017
Five ETH projects funded
Five ETH Zurich researchers receive one of the coveted ERC Con-solidator Grants from the European Research Council (ERC).
Physics/Materials Science - Innovation/Technology
30.11.2017
Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
29.11.2017
A transistor of graphene nanoribbons
A transistor of graphene nanoribbons
Transistors based on carbon nanostructures: what sounds like a futuristic dream could be reality in just a few years' time.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Physics/Materials Science
29.11.2017
Novartis announces Phase III STRIVE data published in NEJM demonstrating significant and sustained efficacy of erenumab in migraine prevention
Novartis announces Phase III STRIVE data published in NEJM demonstrating significant and sustained efficacy of erenumab in migraine prevention Patients with episodic migraine taking erenumab reported
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
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.
Physics/Materials Science
22.11.2017
Administration/Government - Physics/Materials Science
22.11.2017
Driving into danger with the blue lights flashing
The PSI radiation protection service is responsible for missions not only at the Institute, but throughout the canton of Aargau.
Physics/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).
Physics/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.
Physics/Materials Science - Civil Engineering/Traffic Engineering
01.11.2017
Research collaboration for sustainable
Research collaboration for sustainable
Buildings made of reusable components: that is the aim of a research collaboration between Empa and the University of Luxembourg.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
30.10.2017
Claude Nicollier, forever known as the first Swiss man in space
Claude Nicollier, forever known as the first Swiss man in space
Just 25 years ago, Vaud astronaut Claude Nicollier boarded the Space Shuttle Atlantis for the first of what would be four missions in space.
Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
24.10.2017
Stress test passed
Stress test passed
With a technology developed at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI, around 60 percent more biogas can be produced from bio-waste than with conventional methods. But can it stand the test in practice as well? A 1,000-hour test at the Werdhölzli biowaste digestion and wastewater treatment plant in Zurich was able to answer this question with a clear yes.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Physics/Materials Science
20.10.2017
EPFL spin-off Abionic poised to break into the US market
EPFL spin-off Abionic poised to break into the US market
The United States Food and Drug Administration has just registered Abionic's rapid allergy diagnostic system, which tests for sensitivity to four common respiratory allergens in the United States.
Civil Engineering/Traffic Engineering - Physics/Materials Science
16.10.2017
Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
11.10.2017
Low-cost battery from waste graphite
Low-cost battery from waste graphite
Lithium ion batteries are flammable and the price of the raw material is rising. Are there alternatives' Yes: Empa and ETH Zürich researchers have discovered promising approaches as to how we might produce batteries out waste graphite and scrap metal.
Physics/Materials Science - History/Archeology
10.10.2017
From golden emperor to filled Buddha
With PSI's neutron beams, metal objects can be rendered transparent. This helps archaeologists not only to see what is hidden in their hollow spaces.
Physics/Materials Science - Medicine/Pharmacology
09.10.2017
Sticking instead of stitching
In spite of medical advances, wound-related complications arising after operations can still be life-threatening. In order to avoid these complications in the future, a new nanoparticle-based tissue glue has been developed by researchers at Empa. There are internal and external areas of the body where it is difficult to apply stitches.
Physics/Materials Science - Life Sciences
09.10.2017
Physics/Materials Science - Business/Economics
05.10.2017
Physics/Materials Science - Life Sciences
04.10.2017
Highlighting the significance of structural analysis of biomolecules
Highlighting the significance of structural analysis of biomolecules
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2017 has been awarded to Jacques Dubochet of Switzerland, U.S.-based German scientist Joachim Frank, and Richard Henderson of the United Kingdom for the development of structural analysis of single biological molecules by means of cryo-electron microscopy.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
03.10.2017
"Astronomy has gained a new eye"
The observation of gravitational waves last year captivated professionals in the field. Experts, including at ETH Zurich, expected that this discovery would be awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Physics/Materials Science
02.10.2017
Biosensor for heavy metals
Biosensor for heavy metals
A team of Empa scientists has developed a biosensor which allows them to detect elevated concentrations of copper in a simple, quick and economic way. Copper, like other heavy metals is problematic in high concentrations, both for the environment and for human health. It is no secret that heavy metals such as copper are dangerous substances which can have grave consequences for both our environment and for human health.
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
26.09.2017
Atmosphere in X-ray light
Atmosphere in X-ray light
Light from the particle accelerator helps to understand ozone decomposition A new experimental chamber coupled to the Swiss Light Source (SLS), a large-scale research facility of the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI, allows researchers to recreate atmospheric processes in the laboratory through unprecedented precision analysis involving X-rays.
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
26.09.2017
Holograms for molecules
Holograms for molecules
Scientists at ETH Zurich and Roche have developed a completely new method for the analysis of molecules in liquids on a chip. The possible applications of this technology are immense. It has the potential, inter alia, to revolutionise medical diagnostics. Much can be detected in blood or urine: viral illnesses, metabolic disorders or autoimmune diseases can be diagnosed with laboratory tests, for instance.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Physics/Materials Science
22.09.2017
Roche receives EU approval of Gazyvaro for people with previously untreated advanced follicular lymphoma
Roche receives EU approval of Gazyvaro for people with previously untreated advanced follicular lymphoma Approval is based on phase III GALLIUM study results, which showed superior progression-free survival for Gazyva/Gazyvaro compared to MabThera/Rituxan Roche announced today that the European Commission has approved Gazyvaro (obinutuzumab) in combination with chemotherapy, followed by Gazyvaro maintenance in people achieving a response, as a new treatment for previously untreated advanced follicular lymphoma.
Physics/Materials Science
21.09.2017
Wave needle and thread goodbye - and
Over the last few years, Empa scientists have developed a novel process that fuses synthetic fiber fabrics - making the "seam" airtight and waterproof. In order to exploit the innovative technology commercially, Empa researchers Alexander Haag and Michel Schmid recently founded the spin-off "Nahtlos", located in the Startfeld innovation center in St. Gallen right next door to Empa.
Physics/Materials Science
21.09.2017
Rapid imaging of granular matter
Rapid imaging of granular matter
Granular systems such as gravel or powders can be found everywhere, but studying them is not easy. Researchers at ETH Zurich have now developed a method by which pictures of the inside of granular systems can be taken ten thousand times faster than before. Even in our modern world full of highly technological machines and devices it is still impossible to predict when rockslides, such as the recent one in Graubünden, or earthquakes will occur and how exactly they evolve.
Physics/Materials Science - Environment/Sustainable Development
20.09.2017
World record solar cells for
World record solar cells for "move"
Swiss start-up Flisom is ready for the global market: The company, a spin-off from ETH Zürich and Empa, has developed a unique roll-to-roll process for the cost-effective production of flexible and highly efficient thin-film solar modules.
Physics/Materials Science - Life Sciences
20.09.2017
X-ray and neutron imaging for palaeontologists and archaeologists
The interior of fossils and artefacts that are hundreds, thousands and yes, sometimes millions of years old can be examined at two PSI research facilities. A conversation with Federica Marone and Eberhard Lehmann, who are opening a new view into the past with their methods. Ms. Marone, Mr. Lehmann  -  palaeontologists and archaeologists regularly come to you to look inside fossils and ancient objects with your non-destructive analysis methods.
Physics/Materials Science
15.09.2017
Second lease of life for used batteries
Second lease of life for used batteries
What can we do with aging scooter batteries' Instead of scrapping them and recycling their components, the batteries could be left intact and re-used in a solar power storage cabinet.
Physics/Materials Science
14.09.2017
The hard worker from Val Mesolcina
The hard worker from Val Mesolcina
For Aldo Antognini, physics and conviviality are in the blood PSI researcher Aldo Antognini has received more than 2.2 million Swiss francs from the EU for his latest experiment.
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
13.09.2017
Quantum Sensors Decipher Magnetic Ordering in a New Semiconducting Material
Quantum Sensors Decipher Magnetic Ordering in a New Semiconducting Material
For the first time, physicists have successfully imaged spiral magnetic ordering in a multiferroic material. These materials are considered highly promising candidates for future data storage media. The researchers were able to prove their findings using unique quantum sensors that were developed at Basel University and that can analyze electromagnetic fields on the nanometer scale.
Physics/Materials Science
11.09.2017
Using Mirrors to Improve the Quality of Light Particles
Using Mirrors to Improve the Quality of Light Particles
Scientists from the University of Basel's Department of Physics and the Swiss Nanoscience Institute have succeeded in dramatically improving the quality of individual photons generated by a quantum system. The scientists have successfully put a 10-year-old theoretical prediction into practice. With their paper, published recently in Physical Review X, they have taken an important step towards future applications in quantum information technology.
Physics/Materials Science - Computer Science/Telecom
07.09.2017
High-speed Quantum Memory for Photons
High-speed Quantum Memory for Photons
Physicists from the University of Basel have developed a memory that can store photons. These quantum particles travel at the speed of light and are thus suitable for high-speed data transfer.
Physics/Materials Science - Astronomy
06.09.2017
Particle physicists on a quest for
Particle physicists on a quest for "new physics"
EPFL's physicists are moving forward in their efforts to solve the mysteries of the universe. A particle detector made up of 10,000 kilometers of scintillating fiber is under construction and will be added onto CERN's particle accelerator.
Physics/Materials Science - Life Sciences
04.09.2017
Like a Revolving Door: How Shuttling Proteins Operate Nuclear Pores
Like a Revolving Door: How Shuttling Proteins Operate Nuclear Pores
Nuclear pore complexes are tiny channels where the exchange of substances between the cell nucleus and the cytoplasm takes place. Scientists at the University of Basel report on startling new research that might overturn established models of nuclear transport regulation. Their study published in the Journal of Cell Biology reveals how shuttling proteins known as importins control the function of nuclear pores - as opposed to the view that nuclear pores control the shuttling of importins.
Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
31.08.2017
A virtual tour through "move"
Goodbye to fossil fuels, hello to renewables: Empa demonstrates how the mobility of the future can work without fossil energy in its mobility demonstrator "move".
Physics/Materials Science - Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics
23.08.2017
Custom-tailoring better metallic materials
An interview with Helena Van Swygenhoven-Moens Using the large research facilities at PSI, Helena Van Swygenhoven-Moens examines the inner workings of metals.
Life Sciences - Physics/Materials Science
22.08.2017
Treating arthritis with algae
Researchers at ETH Zurich, Empa and the Norwegian research institute SINTEF are pursuing a new approach to treating arthritis.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Physics/Materials Science
03.08.2017
Testing the Limits for the Patients' Benefit
Testing the Limits for the Patients’ Benefit
Radiation therapy using protons is a success story at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI. For several decades now, doctors have been administering a gentle form of radiation treatment to patients with ocular tumours or those located deep inside the body.
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
28.07.2017
From Zurich to Berlin in 35 minutes
From Zurich to Berlin in 35 minutes
Fifty students from ETH Zurich and other Swiss universities want to revolutionise transport. For a race set up by Elon Musk, they have developed a zero emission capsule that could in future transport people and goods through a vacuum tube at almost the speed of sound.
Civil Engineering/Traffic Engineering - Physics/Materials Science
21.07.2017
Cities suffer from higher temperatures
Cities suffer from higher temperatures
June 2017 broke quite a few weather records in Switzerland. Above all the month was extraordinarily hot, the second hottest June on records, peaking in a heat wave between 19 and 23 June. Cities heat up even more than the surrounding regions, an effect known as urban heat islands.
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
20.07.2017
3D imaging of surface chemistry in confinement
3D imaging of surface chemistry in confinement
EPFL researchers have developed an optical imaging tool to visualize surface chemistry in real time. They imaged the interfacial chemistry in the microscopically confined geometry of a simple glass micro-capillary. The glass is covered with hydroxyl (-OH) groups that can lose a proton - a much-studied chemical reaction that is important in geology, chemistry and technology.
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