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Chemistry - Computer Science - 04.04.2022
Chemical data management: an open way forward
Chemical data management: an open way forward
Writing , three scientists propose an open platform for managing the vast amounts of diverse data produced in chemical research. Based on principles of accessibility, collaboration and efficiency, the proposed platform could be spearheaded by EPFL. One of the most challenging aspects of modern chemistry is managing data.

Earth Sciences - Chemistry - 28.01.2022

Chemistry - Physics - 13.12.2021
Can oil and water mix?
Can oil and water mix?
Common experience tells us that oil and water do not mix. Yet, it turns out that they can mix when oil is dispersed as small droplets in water. This strange behavior has long vexed scientists because there is no explanation for it. A team of EPFL and ICTP scientists have studied this question using novel optical technology and discovered the mechanism by which these two neutral and immiscible compounds can in fact mix together and form emulsions.

Environment - Chemistry - 02.12.2021
Blue hydrogen can help protect the climate
Blue hydrogen can help protect the climate
An international group of researchers led by the Paul Scherrer Institute and the Heriot-Watt University has carried out in-depth analyses of the climate impact of blue hydrogen.

Physics - Chemistry - 23.11.2021
At the Dubochet Center for imaging, atoms are made visible
At the Dubochet Center for imaging, atoms are made visible
Fully operational for two weeks, the Dubochet Center for imaging was presented to the press on November 22.

Chemistry - 11.11.2021
3D chemistry boosts perovskite efficiency to 23.9%
3D chemistry boosts perovskite efficiency to 23.9%
An international collaboration led by EPFL chemical engineers has overcome a problem in the manufacturing of perovskites that reduces their efficiency as solar panels. The approach produced perovskite solar panels with an efficiency of 23.9% and operational stability longer than 1000 hours. Perovskites are hybrid compounds made from metal halides and organic constituents, and show great potential in a range of applications, e.g. LED lights, lasers, and photodetectors.

Environment - Chemistry - 03.11.2021
CO2 can be turned into a valuable resource
CO2 can be turned into a valuable resource
In a new study, researchers from the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI show that CO2 electrolysis can not only be profitable, but can also contribute to climate protection. With this method, carbon dioxide is captured from the atmosphere or at the point of production, such as an industrial plant. An electrolysis cell then converts the gas for industrial use, such as in chemicals production.

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 18.10.2021
A molecular biologist with a fascination for sunburn
A molecular biologist with a fascination for sunburn
Human cells are like tiny, multi-purpose factories. In his research, biologist Gabriele Alessandro Fontana investigates how cells repair damaged DNA.

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 12.10.2021

Chemistry - Electroengineering - 10.10.2021
Seeing the world through different eyes
Seeing the world through different eyes
Short-wave infrared light (SWIR) is useful for many things: It helps sort out damaged fruit and inspecting silicon chips, and it enables night vision devices with sharp images.

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 07.10.2021

Environment - Chemistry - 28.09.2021
Prestigious award for Urs von Gunten
Prestigious award for Urs von Gunten
Eawag scientist and EPFL professor Urs von Gunten is to receive the prestigious ACS Award for Creative Advances in Environmental Science and Technology.

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 23.09.2021
Engineers introduce a new approach for recycling plastics
Engineers introduce a new approach for recycling plastics
Two EPFL engineers have come up with a revolutionary new method for tackling plastic pollution by harnessing the inner workings of proteins.

Astronomy / Space Science - Chemistry - 27.08.2021
Unravelling the mystery of brown dwarfs
Unravelling the mystery of brown dwarfs
An international team, led by the UNIGE, has investigated five astronomical objects that could help us understand the mysterious nature of brown dwarfs.

Chemistry - Materials Science - 30.06.2021
Fireproof and comfortable
Fireproof and comfortable
A new chemical process developed by Empa turns cotton into a fire-resistant fabric, that nevertheless retains the skin-friendly properties of cotton.

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 18.06.2021
'The term 'artificial' is often associated with risk'
’The term ’artificial’ is often associated with risk’
Is natural always good and artificial always bad? We talked to psychologist Angela Bearth and biotechnologist Sven Panke about science, scepticism, misunderstandings and how language influences the way we think.

Chemistry - Campus - 18.06.2021

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 14.06.2021
They build proteins that are not known to nature
They build proteins that are not known to nature
Using chemical synthesis, Bright Peak Therapeutics can produce proteins that have never before existed.

Physics - Chemistry - 08.06.2021

Astronomy / Space Science - Chemistry - 21.05.2021

Environment - Chemistry - 25.03.2021
Clean hydrogen can reduce the climate impact of industries
Clean hydrogen can reduce the climate impact of industries
EPFL engineers are taking part in PROMETEO - an EU research project to generate hydrogen on a large scale from renewable sources, in an effort to lower industrial carbon emissions.

Innovation - Chemistry - 19.03.2021
Mini-fuel cell delivers maximum performance
Mini-fuel cell delivers maximum performance
EPFL startup INERGIO has just unveiled a prototype for a lightweight, eco-friendly, high-performance fuel cell that can supply energy in situations where there's no power grid.

Environment - Chemistry - 18.02.2021
We need a global science panel on chemicals and waste
Chemical pollution is a global threat that demands for global action, says Zhanyun Wang. An interface body similar to the IPCC could help bridge the gap between science and policy. Chemicals are at the heart of our modern world. But the way the world deals with chemicals is highly inadequate. Over the last decades, the number and diversity of chemicals produced and traded have increased drastically, reaching several hundred thousands.

Environment - Chemistry - 25.01.2021
Saving the climate with solar fuel
Saving the climate with solar fuel
Produced in a sustainable way, synthetic fuels contribute to switching mobility to renewable energy and to achieving the climate goals in road traffic.

Electroengineering - Chemistry - 15.01.2021
Biomass-driven technology allows for enhanced energy conversion
Organic waste - whether from households, agriculture or agroforestry - can be used as energy resource, but is often underexploited.

Materials Science - Chemistry - 22.10.2020
Turning streetwear into solar power plants
Turning streetwear into solar power plants
Empa researchers succeeded in developing a material that works like a luminescent solar concentrator and can even be applied to textiles.

Chemistry - Environment - 14.10.2020
Biodegradable flip-flops coming soon
Biodegradable flip-flops coming soon
Biodegradable plastics are very much on trend. But there are still very few sustainable alternatives for products containing foamed plastic.

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 21.09.2020

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 21.09.2020
How to make a replication origin in multicellular eukaryotes
How to make a replication origin in multicellular eukaryotes
Loading of replicative helicases onto DNA is a key event during the initiation of chromosomal DNA replication.

Environment - Chemistry - 02.09.2020

Materials Science - Chemistry - 02.09.2020

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 31.08.2020
FMI is a partner in the new EU
FMI is a partner in the new EU “HCA|Organoid” project
Organoid" was launched today. It aims at validating organoids as faithful models of human biology, combining single-cell profiling and organoid technology.

Chemistry - 18.08.2020
Kumar Varoon Agrawal prospects advanced purification processes
Kumar Varoon Agrawal prospects advanced purification processes
Summer series: science as a vocation. Kumar Varoon Agrawal, a tenure-track assistant professor who holds the Gaznat Chair for Advanced Separations at EPFL Valais-Wallis, is developing advanced membranes for the molecular separation of industrial product streams, mainly for CO2 capture.

Environment - Chemistry - 11.08.2020
Florian Breider: a passion for all things Japanese
Florian Breider: a passion for all things Japanese
Summer series: Careers in research. Florian Breider, who heads EPFL's Central Environmental Laboratory (CEL), knew from a young age that he wanted to become a scientist.

Chemistry - Physics - 14.07.2020

Materials Science - Chemistry - 29.05.2020
Europe's Response to Elon Musk
Europe’s Response to Elon Musk
Over the next four years, five research institutes and six industrial companies from seven European countries will work together to find solutions for the next generation of lithium-ion batteries.

Chemistry - Materials Science - 29.05.2020
Wanted: The best Storage Battery
Wanted: The best Storage Battery
The demand for batteries to store renewable energy will grow drastically in the coming years. Could we develop more sustainable technologies to save precious natural resources, besides the familiar lithium-ion batteries?

Environment - Chemistry - 05.05.2020
Drifting through the ice on board a polar climate research vessel
Drifting through the ice on board a polar climate research vessel
The German research icebreaker Polarstern has been drifting through the frozen waters of the Arctic Ocean since September last year.

Physics - Chemistry - 09.04.2020
Bringing magnetic resonance to fertility treatment
Bringing magnetic resonance to fertility treatment
EPFL spin-off Annaida is developing a magnetic resonance system that can detect the chemistry inside the tiniest living organisms.

Chemistry - Environment - 27.02.2020
The cold-start dilemma
With hybrid cars and plug-in hybrids, cold starts occur more frequently when the internal combustion engine stops and the electric motor pushes the car through town. How quickly can the catalytic converter be preheated so that it can still clean exhaust gases well? What would be the method of choice? A team of Empa researchers is investigating.

Chemistry - Environment - 14.02.2020
Underestimated chemical diversity
An international team of researchers has conducted a global review of all registered industrial chemicals: some 350,000 different substances are produced and traded around the world - well in excess of the 100,000 reached in previous estimates.

Materials Science - Chemistry - 10.02.2020

Chemistry - 28.01.2020
New molecular insights into the mechanisms of lymphocyte activation and lymphoma development
Rebekka Schairer from Prof. Thome's lab just published an article in PNAS, which provides new molecular insights into the mechanisms of lymphocyte activation and lymphoma development.

Chemistry - Life Sciences - 16.12.2019

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 03.12.2019
A life devoted to protein research
A life devoted to protein research
Proteomics pioneer Ruedi Aebersold is retiring soon. Protein analysis was his life's work, and he paved the way for countless protein researchers around the world.
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