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Environment/Sustainable Development - Physics/Materials Science
28.02.2017
Welcome to Esiville
Welcome to Esiville
With increasing expansion of solar and wind plants, integrating irregularly generated power into the existing energy system is becoming a challenge.
Physics/Materials Science
27.02.2017
At home in NEST
At home in NEST
Two students are now living in the NEST unit Vision Wood. Communications intern Ramona Ronner visited Patryk Spera and David Norris in their very unusual flat, and talked to them about their life in a research environment.
Physics/Materials Science
22.02.2017
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
20.02.2017
EPFL leads 14-million-euro EU projects in optomechanical technologies
EPFL leads 14-million-euro EU projects in optomechanical technologies
A mechanically compliant capacitor: the key element of microwave optomechanical devices. Fabricated at EPFL's Center for MicroNanoTechnology.
Physics/Materials Science
15.02.2017
Mastering a critical step in storing radioactive waste
Mastering a critical step in storing radioactive waste
An EPFL research project has developed a detailed profile of the sites selected to store radioactive waste from Swiss nuclear power plants.
Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
14.02.2017
Measuring entropy
Measuring entropy
A scanning tunneling microscope (STM), used to study changes in the shape of a single molecule at the atomic scale, impacts the ability of that molecule to make these changes; the entropy of the molecule is changed and, in turn, can be measured.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
10.02.2017
Ancient Signals From the Early Universe
Ancient Signals From the Early Universe
For the first time, theoretical physicists from the University of Basel have calculated the signal of specific gravitational wave sources that emerged fractions of a second after the Big Bang. The source of the signal is a long-lost cosmological phenomenon called ‘oscillon'. The journal Physical Review Letters has published the results.
Physics/Materials Science - History/Archeology
01.02.2017
Historical copper, trapped in ice
Historical copper, trapped in ice
South America's mining industry supplies half the world with copper. The world's largest mines are located in the Andes.
Physics/Materials Science - Business/Economics
26.01.2017
‘Additive Manufacturing' speeds up
‘Additive Manufacturing’ speeds up
Empa offers Switzerland a platform to exchange information and knowhow in the field of Additive Manufacturing: During a technology briefing held at Empa Academy on January 18, experts from industry a
Earth Sciences - Physics/Materials Science
23.01.2017
Chronicle of a catastrophic landslide
Chronicle of a catastrophic landslide
Dramatic developments have been documented at the Aletsch glacier, where the ice has retreated at such a pace that an adjoining slope has also started to move rapidly. With the help of a unique dataset, researchers are able to demonstrate a direct connection between the ice loss of the Aletsch glacier and the slippage of the Moosfluh slope.
Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
23.01.2017
Higher methane yield from bio-waste
Higher methane yield from bio-waste
Within Switzerland's bio-waste a huge amount of precious energy is hidden. That's because valuable methane, the main constituent of natural gas, can be obtained from it.
Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
12.01.2017
Creating the tiniest structures
Creating the tiniest structures
Nanotechnology is regarded as the key technology of the 21st century, delivering the fundamental methods which allow objects just a few hundred nanometres in size to be produced in any required shape.
Physics/Materials Science - Environment/Sustainable Development
10.01.2017
Summer heat for the winter
Summer heat for the winter
Can thermal solar energy be stored until wintertime? Within a European research consortium Empa scientists and their colleagues have spent four years studying this question by pitting three different techniques against each other.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Physics/Materials Science
03.01.2017
Looking back at 2016 (2/2)
Looking back at 2016 (2/2)
Slowing the aging process, improving data security, enabling paraplegics to walk again, transporting vaccines at room temperature to warm countries, creating jobs with the CHF 400 million raised by spin-offs - those are just some of the many areas where EPFL scientists have made a lasting contribution.
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
03.01.2017
Chemically Modified Insulin Is Available More Quickly
Chemically Modified Insulin Is Available More Quickly
Replacing a hydrogen atom by an iodine atom in insulin, the hormone retains its efficacy but is available more rapidly to the organism. Researchers at the University of Basel were able to predict this effect based on computer simulations and then confirm it with experiments. Insulin is formed in the pancreas and regulates the blood glucose level.
Physics/Materials Science
15.12.2016
The All-In-One outdoor sleep system for
The All-In-One outdoor sleep system for
As of today the All-In-One sleep system developed by the «Polarmond» start-up company is ready for delivery.
Physics/Materials Science
13.12.2016
A golden era for
A golden era for "fashionistas"
The gold thread developed at Empa is having extensive repercussions. Hot on the heels of a dessous collection being refined with the new technology, scarves and luxury watches are now also available.
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
12.12.2016
In the focus of the protons
In the focus of the protons
In several laboratories at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI, researchers work with radioactive substances that eventually should aid in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer or metabolic diseases - bu
Physics/Materials Science
09.12.2016
Eight professors appointed at ETH Zurich
Eight professors appointed at ETH Zurich
Upon application of ETH President Lino Guzzella the ETH Board appointed a total of eight professors and awarded the title of professor to one individual.
Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
06.12.2016
Brilliance in cutting-edge research
Brilliance in cutting-edge research
Switzerland's credentials as a research location have been enhanced with a major new facility: the SwissFEL X-ray free-electron laser was put into operation at the PSI yesterday. ETH researchers are among those expecting to use the system to gain insights into hitherto hidden processes at the molecular and atomic level.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Physics/Materials Science
05.12.2016
Roche’s Gazyva/Gazyvaro Helped People With Previously Untreated Follicular Lymphoma Live Significantly Longer Without Their Disease Worsening Compared to MabThera/Rituxan
Roche's Gazyva/Gazyvaro Helped People With Previously Untreated Follicular Lymphoma Live Significantly Longer Without Their Disease Worsening Compared to MabThera/Rituxan First Phase III study to show superior progression-free survival compared to MabThera/Rituxan-based standard of care treatment for most common slow-growing form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma Results were presented during the Plenary Scientific Session at 58th American Society of Hema
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
02.12.2016
EPFL installs world-unique NMR system
EPFL installs world-unique NMR system
EPFL's Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering (ISIC) has installed an NMR system with the highest sensitivity and resolution in the world.
Physics/Materials Science
01.12.2016
Researchers Take First Look into the ‘Eye' of Majoranas
Researchers Take First Look into the ‘Eye’ of Majoranas
Majorana fermions are particles that could potentially be used as information units for a quantum computer. An experiment by physicists at the Swiss Nanoscience Institute and the University of Basel's Department of Physics has confirmed their theory that Majorana fermions can be generated and measured on a superconductor at the end of wires made from single iron atoms.
Physics/Materials Science - Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics
29.11.2016
Gaming in the name of science
Gaming in the name of science
Quantum mechanics can be entertaining: anyone with a few minutes to spare for a video game on 30 November can do their bit to help solve a fundamental question of physics that was once argued over by Albert Einstein and Nils Bohr. ETH Professor Andreas Wallraff explains what the Big Bell Test is all about.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Physics/Materials Science
25.11.2016
20 years of high-precision combat against cancer
20 years of high-precision combat against cancer
Developed at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI, the spot-scanning technique for proton therapy has been treating patients, gently and efficiently, since 1996. At the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI on the 25th of November, 1996, the first cancer patient worldwide was treated with a new irradiation method: the so-called spot-scanning technique for proton beams.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Physics/Materials Science
24.11.2016
Depression in Young People Affects the Stomach, Anxiety the Skin
Mental disorders and physical diseases frequently go hand in hand. For the first time, psychologists at the University of Basel and Ruhr University Bochum have identified temporal patterns in young people: arthritis and diseases of the digestive system are more common after depression, while anxiety disorders tend to be followed by skin diseases.
Physics/Materials Science - Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics
17.11.2016
Switching off vibrations
Switching off vibrations
Macroscopic crystal structures can absorb unwanted vibrations or filter noise - without any electronics or electricity whatsoever.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Physics/Materials Science
16.11.2016
Novartis announces AMG 334 significantly reduces monthly migraine days in second pivotal Phase III episodic migraine study
STRIVE, the first six-month placebo-controlled study of AMG 334 (erenumab) in migraine, met the primary endpoint, showing a statistically significant reduction in monthly migraine days versus placebo
Physics/Materials Science - Event
14.11.2016
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
27.10.2016
Finally red!
Finally red!
Empa researchers have pulled off a masterstroke of ceramics research: as of now, a dark-red ceramic bezel adorns a Swiss luxury watch - a world premiere and stunning example of top-flight materials science.
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
27.10.2016
The substances that brighten up the clouds
The substances that brighten up the clouds
Clouds consist of tiny droplets. These droplets form when water condenses around so-called aerosols – small particles in the atmosphere. How in turn aerosols come into existence is hence vital for understanding cloud brightness and thus climate and climate change. In a research collaboration with participants at the University of Leeds, at CERN, at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI and numerous other scientific institutions around the world, scientists have now created a comprehensive computer model simulation based on profound experimental data.
Physics/Materials Science
24.10.2016
Under the chemical microscope
Under the chemical microscope
with Daniel Grolimund At the Swiss Light Source SLS, researcher Daniel Grolimund is responsible for a beamline where the arrangement of chemical bonds in different objects can be determined. These capabilities prove valuable to researchers in the most diverse disciplines: to battery researchers as well as biologists, archeologists, and many more.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Physics/Materials Science
17.10.2016
Peptides vs. superbugs
Peptides vs. superbugs
Several peptides have an antibacterial effect - but they are broken down in the human body too quickly to exert this effect.
Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
17.10.2016
Nanowires as Sensors in New Type of Atomic Force Microscope
Nanowires as Sensors in New Type of Atomic Force Microscope
A new type of atomic force microscope (AFM) uses nanowires as tiny sensors. Unlike standard AFM, the device with a nanowire sensor enables measurements of both the size and direction of forces. Physicists at the University of Basel and at the EPF Lausanne have described these results in the recent. Nanowires are extremely tiny filamentary crystals which are built-up molecule by molecule from various materials and which are now being very actively studied by scientists all around the world because of their exceptional properties.
Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
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/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
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 - Event
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/Materials Science - Chemistry
06.10.2016
Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
06.10.2016
Rapidly fueled for a long range journey
Rapidly fueled for a long range journey
Empa has launched Switzerland's first hydrogen station for passenger cars on its campus in Dübendorf.
Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
06.10.2016
Empa involved in Nobel research
Empa involved in Nobel research
Empa is delighted to acknowledge the awarding of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016 to Bernard L. Feringa, Fraser Stoddart and Jean-Pierre Sauvage - as it made a major contribution in 2011 to a research project carried out by Bernard L. Feringa.
Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
06.10.2016
Physics/Materials Science
06.10.2016
Technology gets disabled people back on their feet
Thanks to an exoskeleton developed at EPFL, people with paraplegia can stand up, walk and even climb steps.
Physics/Materials Science
05.10.2016
Physics/Materials Science
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/Materials Science - Administration/Government
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/Materials Science
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.
Physics/Materials Science - Environment/Sustainable Development
30.09.2016
Rubidium pushes perovskite solar cells to 21.6% efficiency
Rubidium pushes perovskite solar cells to 21.6% efficiency
30.09.16 - EPFL scientists have stabilized perovskite solar cells by integrating rubidium into them.
Careers/Employment - Physics/Materials Science
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.
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