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Physics/Materials Science
18.04.2018
Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
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 H 2 filling station on the Empa mobility demonstrator move.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Physics/Materials Science
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/Materials Science - Innovation/Technology
10.04.2018
Physics/Materials Science - 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.
Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
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.
Physics/Materials Science - Medicine/Pharmacology
20.03.2018
Medicine/Pharmacology - Physics/Materials Science
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/Materials Science
22.02.2018
Physics/Materials Science
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/Materials Science - 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/Materials Science - 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/Materials Science
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/Materials Science
23.01.2018
Physics/Materials Science - 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.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Physics/Materials Science
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/Materials Science - 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/Materials Science
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.
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
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 - 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.
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