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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
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.
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
19.07.2017
Manipulating Electron Spins Without Loss of Information
Manipulating Electron Spins Without Loss of Information
Physicists have developed a new technique that uses electrical voltages to control the electron spin on a chip. The newly-developed method provides protection from spin decay, meaning that the contained information can be maintained and transmitted over comparatively large distances, as has been demonstrated by a team from the University of Basel's Department of Physics and the Swiss Nanoscience Institute.
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
19.07.2017
A uranium-based compound improves manufacturing of nitrogen products
A uranium-based compound improves manufacturing of nitrogen products
EPFL scientists have developed a uranium-based complex that can allow nitrogen fixation reactions to take place in ambient conditions.
Physics/Materials Science
14.07.2017
Coupling a Nano-trumpet With a Quantum Dot Enables Precise Position Determination
Coupling a Nano-trumpet With a Quantum Dot Enables Precise Position Determination
Scientists from the Swiss Nanoscience Institute and the University of Basel have succeeded in coupling an extremely small quantum dot with 1,000 times larger trumpet-shaped nanowire.
Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
11.07.2017
From Bangalore via Cambridge to Zurich
From Bangalore via Cambridge to Zurich
Priyank Kumar became a materials scientist mainly by chance. His enthusiasm for complex simulations of material properties took him from India to MIT, and then to ETH.
Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
07.07.2017
Research experience from California benefits Swiss X-ray free-electron laser SwissFEL
Research experience from California benefits Swiss X-ray free-electron laser SwissFEL
Two scientists who have studied superconductivity and magnetic molecular switching at the Californian X-ray laser LCLS have relocated to PSI. Here, they will contribute to the development of the SwissFEL. It's the camera that allows researchers to make extremely rapid processes visible: the X-ray free-electron laser.
Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
07.07.2017
X-ray Lasers Show Mechanisms behind Superconductors and Magnetic Switching
X-ray Lasers Show Mechanisms behind Superconductors and Magnetic Switching
Research experience from California's X-ray free-electron laser benefits SwissFEL It's the camera that allows researchers to make extremely rapid processes visible: the X-ray free-electron laser. Currently, however, only three sites worldwide—in the US, Japan and South Korea—have facilities capable of carrying out such measurements.
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
29.06.2017
Fuel and chemicals from plant waste
Fuel and chemicals from plant waste
From the inexhaustible raw material lignin, which as a constituent of many plants accumulates in great quantities, fuels and other important substances could in theory be extracted for industry - so far, though, it can't be done efficiently enough. Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI and ETH Zurich have now found a method for identifying heretofore unseen intermediate products of the catalytic reactions used for this conversion.
Mathematics - Physics/Materials Science
29.06.2017
Light switches from a spray can
Light switches from a spray can
Researchers are on the lookout for rapid, reliable and affordable switches for the opto-electronics of the future.
Physics/Materials Science - Environment/Sustainable Development
26.06.2017
Microplastics from the washing machine
Microplastics from the washing machine
Even before the UN Ocean Conference in early June, we already knew about the disastrous ways in which plastic affects the world's oceans. Billions of pieces of plastic are floating in the oceans. Their effects are also sufficiently well-known: marine animals swallow them or get tangled up in them, which causes them to die in agony.
Physics/Materials Science - Astronomy
26.06.2017
A gravity researcher in search of weightlessness
A gravity researcher in search of weightlessness
Lavinia Heisenberg is a theoretical physicist. She is reluctant to accept that General Relativity can be used to describe the universe only on the assumption of exotic materials and energy sources.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Physics/Materials Science
23.06.2017
Roche presents new data from GALLIUM study reinforcing clinical benefit of Gazyva/Gazyvaro in people with previously untreated follicular lymphoma
Roche presents new data from GALLIUM study reinforcing clinical benefit of Gazyva/Gazyvaro in people with previously untreated follicular lymphoma Longer follow-up showed sustained benefit in progression-free survival of Gazyva/Gazyvaro-based treatment over MabThera/Rituxan-based treatment regardless of chemotherapy regimens People with follicular lymphoma who received Gazyva/Gazyvaro-based treatment reported improvement in health-related qualit
Physics/Materials Science - Business/Economics
14.06.2017
From the garage to the world
In 1999, PSI researchers founded the spin-off firm SwissNeutronics. Today the company has a staff of 15, sells high-precision components to research institutions all over the world, and still is based in the small town of Klingnau - not far from PSI.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Physics/Materials Science
13.06.2017
New "WHO Collaborating Centre for Physical Activity and Health"
A lack of physical activity increases the risk for cardiovascular and respiratory diseases as well as diabetes and cancer.
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
09.06.2017
Graphene electrodes offer new functionalities in molecular electronic nanodevices
Graphene electrodes offer new functionalities in molecular electronic nanodevices
Media releases, information for representatives of the media Media Relations (E) An international team of researchers led by the University of Bern and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) has revealed a new way to tune the functionality of next-generation molecular electronic devices using graphene.
Life Sciences - Physics/Materials Science
07.06.2017
More concepts, fewer facts
More concepts, fewer facts
ETH biology lecturers have tested secondary school leavers and students to determine their knowledge of biological concepts.
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
30.05.2017
New Method of Characterizing Graphene
New Method of Characterizing Graphene
Scientists have developed a new method of characterizing grapheneâ?‘s properties without applying disruptive electrical contacts, allowing them to investigate both the resistance and quantum capacitance of graphene and other two-dimensional materials. Researchers from the Swiss Nanoscience Institute and the University of Baselâ''s Department of Physics reported their findings in the journal Physical Review Applied.
Physics/Materials Science - Business/Economics
29.05.2017
To the limits of the feasible
First, the engineers and the physicists had to find each other. Then, however, the company Daetwyler built the undulators for the free-electron X-ray laser SwissFEL of the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI as precisely as was possible: to one-tenth of the width of a hair.
Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
23.05.2017
Soot particles from GDI engines
Soot particles from GDI engines
Are new gasoline cars environmentally friendly? Not always, says a new study led by Empa scientists: some direct-injection gasoline engines emit just as many soot particles as unfiltered diesel cars did in the past.
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
23.05.2017
High voltage for tomorrow's particle accelerator
High voltage for tomorrow’s particle accelerator
On behalf of CERN, researchers at ETH Zurich have developed a high-tech device for the production of extremely precise, high voltage pulses that could be used in the next generation of particle accelerators.
Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
22.05.2017
Wafer-thin Magnetic Materials Developed for Future Quantum Technologies
Wafer-thin Magnetic Materials Developed for Future Quantum Technologies
Two-dimensional magnetic structures are regarded as a promising material for new types of data storage, since the magnetic properties of individual molecular building blocks can be investigated and modified. For the first time, researchers have now produced a wafer-thin ferrimagnet, in which molecules with different magnetic centers arrange themselves on a gold surface to form a checkerboard pattern.
Physics/Materials Science - Astronomy
18.05.2017
XENON1T: the most sensitive detector on Earth
Dark matter is one of the basic constituents of the Universe, five times more abundant than ordinary matter.
Physics/Materials Science
16.05.2017
Persistent and curious
Persistent and curious
As Professor of Particle Physics, Felicitas Pauss played a key role in the discovery of the Higgs boson.
Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
15.05.2017
The future's bright, the future's OLED
The future’s bright, the future’s OLED
Organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) will soon show our world in a new light: the days of small light sources are numbered; in future, entire walls, ceilings, façades and car exteriors will light up our lives.
Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
12.05.2017
Hydrogen Bonds Directly Detected for the First Time
Hydrogen Bonds Directly Detected for the First Time
For the first time, scientists have succeeded in studying the strength of hydrogen bonds in a single molecule using an atomic force microscope. Researchers from the University of Basel's Swiss Nanoscience Institute network have reported the results Advances. Hydrogen is the most common element in the universe and is an integral part of almost all organic compounds.
Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
11.05.2017
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
08.05.2017
Quartz powder for the battery of the future
Quartz powder for the battery of the future
The invisible becomes visible within lithium-sulphur batteries Materials researchers of the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI in Switzerland have, in collaboration with the Université Grenoble Alpes (France), developed a method that could enable a breakthrough for the lithium-sulphur battery. In theory, lithium-sulphur batteries can deliver considerably more energy than today's conventional lithium-ion batteries, but current prototypes show a distinct loss of capacity after just a few charging cycles.
Life Sciences - Physics/Materials Science
04.05.2017
A magic hood for artificial heart pumps
A magic hood for artificial heart pumps
Ten million people in Europe alone suffer from cardiac insufficiency, or a weak heart. One day, many of them may require a heart transplant.
Physics/Materials Science - Medicine/Pharmacology
04.05.2017
Sustainable biomedical textiles for the
Sustainable biomedical textiles for the
The textile and clothing industry has a long history in Switzerland. In order to remain competitive in the international market, the industry relies on innovations.
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
04.05.2017
Making a valuable resource usable with water
Making a valuable resource usable with water
New reaction for converting methane into methanol In oil extraction sites, gaseous methane is simply burned, even though it could actually be a useful precursor material for fuels and products of the chemical industry. One way to make methane usable is to convert it to methanol. Being liquid, methanol is easier to transport than methane, and it can be used both as fuel and as raw material for the chemical industry.
Physics/Materials Science - Computer Science/Telecom
03.05.2017
Materials in a digitalized world
We hope to lead you on a gripping journey through the world of research and innovation; you may be surprised at how broad the term «applied research» is defined at Empa.
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
02.05.2017
Sodium and magnesium to replace lithium
Sodium and magnesium to replace lithium
Scientists supported by the SNSF have produced novel electrolytes for rechargeable sodium and magnesium batteries. The research group's objective was to develop alternatives to lithium-ion technology. A project supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) aims to find new materials which can be used in rechargeable batteries and eventually provide alternatives to the current lithium batteries.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Physics/Materials Science
27.04.2017
Getting a Handle on Safety
Getting a Handle on Safety
Protons can accurately target and eliminate cancerous cells by erasing their genetic substance DNA. Doctors at the Centre for Proton Therapy at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI use protons to treat patients with deep-seated tumours or ocular cancer.
Physics/Materials Science - Medicine/Pharmacology
18.04.2017
Successful for 20 years: Probing materials with particles
Successful for 20 years: Probing materials with particles
Whether they study materials for the electronics of the future, batteries, or swords from the Bronze Age — for 20 years researchers from a range of disciplines have been using the Swiss Spallation Neutron Source SINQ of the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI for their investigations. At a symposium on 18 April, researchers looked back on the facility's successes and presented plans for modernisation.
Physics/Materials Science
12.04.2017
The double agents
They have two e-mail addresses, two offices, and two filing cabinets in two locations: Around 60 of the researchers at PSI are at the same time professors or lecturers at a Swiss university.
Physics/Materials Science - Medicine/Pharmacology
06.04.2017
A better understanding of nanomaterials
A better understanding of nanomaterials
In the past six years, the National Research Programme "Opportunities and Risks of Nanomaterials" (NRP 64) intensively studied the development, use, behaviour and degradation of engineered nanomaterials, including their impact on humans and on the environment. Twenty-three research projects on biomedicine, the environment, energy, construction materials and food demonstrated the enormous potential of engineered nanoparticles for numerous applications in industry and medicine.
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
06.04.2017
Second beamline for SwissFEL
Second beamline for SwissFEL
This year the first pilot experiments are starting at the free-electron X-ray laser SwissFEL. This new large-scale research facility of the PSI will generate very short pulses of X-ray light with the characteristics of laser light. With this X-ray light, researchers can carry out a broad spectrum of experiments.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Physics/Materials Science
05.04.2017
Federal Council sets strategic goals for the ETH Domain for 2017-2020
Bern, 05.04.2017 - On 5 April 2017 the Federal Council approved the strategic goals for the ETH Domain for 2017-2020.
Physics/Materials Science
31.03.2017
Science responds to industry
Science responds to industry
At the symposium ‘The Global Energy Challenge - A Corporate View', representatives of international companies will present their energy strategies and visions for the future, while researchers from ETH Zurich evaluate the strategies from a scientific point of view.
Physics/Materials Science
30.03.2017
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
30.03.2017
Observing chemical reactions in real
Observing chemical reactions in real
At Empa's Electron Microscopy Center, a new transmission electron microscope has recently been used that offers completely new opportunities for the physical and chemical analysis of very small samples. It can be used, for example, to observe the growth of nanocrystals in real time - and to record it on video.
Event - Physics/Materials Science
30.03.2017
Spark Award for fundamental research
ETH Professor Sabine Werner and her team won the Spark Award 2017 yesterday for their groundbreaking new approach to combating viral diseases. If their results can be confirmed, they could lead to the development of better treatments for viral diseases such as herpes.
Physics/Materials Science
29.03.2017
Federal Councillor Schneider-Ammann meets British Minister of State Jo Johnson
Bern, 29.03.2017 - On 29 March Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, the head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER), met his British counterpart, Jo Johnson, the Minister of State for Universities.
Physics/Materials Science - Business/Economics
28.03.2017
Dominique Derome new Head of Laboratory
Dominique Derome new Head of Laboratory
On 1 April 2017, Dominique Derome will become the new Head of the Laboratory for Multiscale Studies in Building Physics.
Careers/Employment - Physics/Materials Science
24.03.2017
Facilitating innovation in space
Facilitating innovation in space
The ESA BIC Switzerland  programme is starting its second round with seven additional start-ups. Amongst others, the jury was won over by the ETH spin-off ‘IRsweep'. Using a spectrometer that utilises infra-red laser radiation, the startup wants to make environmental analysis from space more precise.
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