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Physics - Materials Science - 28.09.2023
SLS 2.0: 'Dark time' during the upgrade
SLS 2.0: ’Dark time’ during the upgrade
The Swiss Light Source SLS at PSI will shut down temporarily as part of a major upgrade project. It will come back online in 2025, ready to supply even more powerful synchrotron light than ever for innovative scientific experiments. At 8 a.m. on the morning of Saturday 30 September, the Swiss Light Source SLS, one of PSI's five large research facilities, will be shut down.

Materials Science - Microtechnics - 25.09.2023

Innovation - Materials Science - 22.09.2023
It's a technology jungle out there! Here's some orientation
It’s a technology jungle out there! Here’s some orientation
The new Technology Outlook of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW) showcases the most important findings of numerous Swiss experts from science and industry for a prosperous future. In the areas of Energy and Environment, Manufacturing Processes and Materials as well as Life Sciences, eleven scientists contributed to the identification of the most important trends and their impact on technology and society.

Materials Science - Physics - 19.09.2023
3D insights into an innovative manufacturing process
3D insights into an innovative manufacturing process
3D printing can produce highly complex shapes. But printing ceramic objects with the help of a laser is a more difficult challenge. Now researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI have for the first time taken tomograms revealing what happens at microscopic level during this fabrication process. The findings will help improve this very promising technology.

Materials Science - Innovation - 14.09.2023
Accelerating battery research with robots
Accelerating battery research with robots
Researchers want to accelerate the development of urgently needed new energy storage systems with the help of the Aurora battery robot.

Materials Science - Research Management - 13.09.2023

Materials Science - 07.09.2023
Paving the way for more asphalt recycling
Paving the way for more asphalt recycling
Switzerland is built, at least as far as the road network is concerned. Therefore - and despite recycling - significantly more reclaimed asphalt is generated today than can be reused in new roads.

Health - Materials Science - 31.08.2023

Environment - Materials Science - 29.08.2023
'I jumped at the chance to combine my convictions with my research.'
’I jumped at the chance to combine my convictions with my research.’
STUDENT PROJECT - Bénédicte Lunven just finished her bacherlor's degree and already has a foot in the sustainable economy door.

Materials Science - Innovation - 22.08.2023

Environment - Materials Science - 17.08.2023
'Green Transition' needs enhanced action on sustainable minerals and metals
’Green Transition’ needs enhanced action on sustainable minerals and metals
Switzerland hosts major events on the governance of mineral and metal resources Climate change discussions often overlook the central role played by the excessive extraction and use of natural resources.

Physics - Materials Science - 25.07.2023
Masters of defects
Masters of defects
Bruno Schuler and his young team are embarking on an ambitious research project: He will selectively generate defects in atomically-thin semiconductor layers and attempt to measure and control their quantum properties with simultaneous picosecond temporal resolu­tion and atomic precision. The resulting insights are expected to establish fundamental knowledge for future quantum computers.

Materials Science - 15.06.2023
Photovoltaic systems under snow pressure
Photovoltaic systems under snow pressure
This week, the photovoltaic sector will gather in Munich for Intersolar Europe, the world's leading exhibition for the solar industry. Solar plants in the Alps have the potential to deliver high output. The SLF analyses the threat they face from alpine hazards and helps to protect solar facilities. Photovoltaic systems at high altitudes on mountainsides could be a successful model thanks to the high light intensity, sloped surfaces and a light efficiency exceeding that of the lowlands.

Materials Science - Economics - 07.06.2023

Materials Science - Astronomy / Space Science - 24.05.2023
A piece of Empa on your wrist
A piece of Empa on your wrist
Empa research helps Swiss watches to glow in the dark: The luminescent material Swiss Super-LumiNova, which was refined at Empa, now adorns the hands and dials of a number of wristwatches, including the MoonSwatch collection from Swatch and Omega.

Materials Science - Innovation - 11.05.2023
Developing multifunctional coatings 50 times faster
Developing multifunctional coatings 50 times faster
The "Empa Zukunftsfonds" seeks private donors for outstanding research projects that are not (yet) supported elsewhere. For example a project from Empa's Surface Science and Coating Technologies laboratory: With the support of the Helmut Fischer and Anni Walther Foundation the researchers aim to accelerate the development of multifunctional thin films, which could be applied in electronic devices or high-performance optics.

Materials Science - Environment - 02.05.2023
Research with an impact - thanks to focus and cooperation
Research with an impact - thanks to focus and cooperation
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.

Materials Science - 21.04.2023

Innovation - Materials Science - 29.03.2023
Spark Award for new corrosion protection
Spark Award for new corrosion protection
More effective, reusable and self-repairing: a new kind of corrosion protection developed by the researchers Marco D'Elia, Walter Caseri, Mirko Magni und Markus Niederberger has been honoured with ETH Zurich's Spark Award 2023.

Materials Science - Health - 21.03.2023
Two young researchers on their way to becoming entrepreneurs
Two young researchers on their way to becoming entrepreneurs
Two young scientists each receive an Empa Entrepreneur Fellowship to develop innovative products based on their research.

Environment - Materials Science - 26.02.2023
No climate neutrality without critical raw materials
No climate neutrality without critical raw materials
Europe's energy transition will not succeed without access to essential metals like rare earths, says security researcher Julian Kamasa.

Materials Science - Physics - 23.02.2023

Materials Science - Chemistry - 07.02.2023
Crystalline light catchers
Crystalline light catchers
Three institutes in the ETH Domain are conducting research on so-called perovskite-based optoelectronics, such as solar cells, photodetectors, and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). In a project called AMYS, labs of EPFL, ETH Zurich and Empa have now joined forces for four years to explore new chemical compositions, but also simple and scalable low cost production methods.

Materials Science - Innovation - 06.02.2023

Materials Science - Physics - 02.02.2023
With nanoeffects towards new joining processes
With nanoeffects towards new joining processes
Electronic components are becoming smaller, more complex and more powerful - this calls for new solutions for joining them. An Empa team is developing nanostructured joining materials for the next generation of microelectronics and other demanding applications. Gordon Moore was right. In April 1965, the US engineer and later co-founder of Intel predicted that the number of transistors on a chip would double about every two years.

Environment - Materials Science - 27.01.2023
Plant-based insulation materials as CO2 sinks?
Plant-based insulation materials as CO2 sinks?
Researchers want to develop a novel type of insulating material from plant-based raw materials or waste products that can permanently bind the CO2 it contains by means of a special heat treatment - and thus act as a CO2 sink.

Innovation - Materials Science - 06.01.2023

Materials Science - Innovation - 03.01.2023
'Keeping an eye on processes'
’Keeping an eye on processes’
Pierangelo Gröning, President of the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Transfer Center (AM-TTC) Alliance and Empa's Research Commission and member of Empa's Directorate, explains the research institute's role in AM research. What does the buzzword Advanced Manufacturing actually mean? What is so new about it? Today, modern materials science involves more than just the development of materials.

Innovation - Materials Science - 22.12.2022

Materials Science - Physics - 09.12.2022

Research Management - Materials Science - 24.11.2022
Consortium wins funding for project on ORD practices
Consortium wins funding for project on ORD practices
A consortium with researchers from the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), Empa and ETH Zurich has won funding of almost CHF1.3 million for a three-year project on open and reproducible materials science research.

Health - Materials Science - 23.11.2022
Stylish sensors to wear
Stylish sensors to wear
With sensors that measure health parameters and can be worn on the body, we do let technology get very close to us.

Materials Science - Innovation - 16.11.2022
Batteries: The game changer of the energy transition
Batteries: The game changer of the energy transition
Although they are indispensable nowadays, there is still a lack of knowledge and skepticism about batteries.

Research Management - Materials Science - 15.11.2022

Materials Science - Innovation - 10.11.2022
Water-activated paper battery among the world's best inventions
Water-activated paper battery among the world’s best inventions
Every year, TIME publishes a list of the most important inventions of the year.

Materials Science - Earth Sciences - 26.10.2022
He makes it light
He makes it light
Belgian-born Wim Malfait is a trained geologist who once searched for gold on behalf of a mining company. Today, he heads the Building Energy Materials and Components laboratory, which develops, among other things, super-lightweight aerogel insulation materials and materials with heat exchange capabilities.

Materials Science - Economics - 05.10.2022

Materials Science - 30.09.2022
The e-Sling electric aircraft takes off
The e-Sling electric aircraft takes off
Header The four-seater electric aircraft "e-Sling", which was developed by ETH students, has taken flight for the first time. The student project has taken two years and a lot of dedication. For two years, a team of around 20 ETH students worked tirelessly in a hangar in the Innovation Park in Dübendorf.

Chemistry - Materials Science - 15.09.2022
Hitting the bull's eye
Hitting the bull’s eye
In the FOXIP project, researchers form Empa, EPFL and the Paul Scherrer Institute attempted to print thin-film transistors with metal oxides onto heat-sensitive materials such as paper or PET. The goal was ultimately not achieved, but those involved consider the project a success - because of a new printing ink an a transistor with "memory effect".

Physics - Materials Science - 14.09.2022
Scientist among winners in Physical sciences
Scientist among winners in Physical sciences
Which are the next walls to fall in science and society? Guided by this question, the brightest minds in the international scientific community submitted their groundbreaking projects for the prestigious "Falling Walls Science Breakthrough of the Year 2022". The jury has made its choice - selecting among 95 nominations a project led by Empa researcher Roman Fasel as one of ten winners in the "Physical Sciences" category.

Materials Science - 08.08.2022
BERNINA Design Challenge: Sewing machine is a marvel of engineering
BERNINA Design Challenge: Sewing machine is a marvel of engineering
Summer series - Bachelor's project (6). A group of around 15 EPFL students spent a semester working on projects using BERNINA sewing machines, dispelling common misconceptions and stereotypes in the process.

Materials Science - Life Sciences - 30.06.2022
Making better use of sugar beet - thanks to Empa know-how
More than 250 million metric tons of sugar beet were harvested worldwide in 2020 and processed into table sugar.

Transport - Materials Science - 22.06.2022
Getting into the air
Getting into the air
Eight ETH students are working on battery and hydrogen versions of an electric aircraft as part of the e-Sling focus project.

Innovation - Materials Science - 24.05.2022
Research in the service of Switzerland
Research in the service of Switzerland
"How to best serve Switzerland" - that is the question behind numerous research projects and innovations from the institutions of the ETH Domain, said Michael Hengartner, President of the ETH Board, on the fringes of the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Materials Science - Career - 19.05.2022

Materials Science - 28.04.2022

Innovation - Materials Science - 25.04.2022
Focus on people
Focus on people
Empa's Annual Report 2021 leads 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.

Innovation - Materials Science - 20.04.2022
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