EMPA, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

EMPA, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology
Überlandstrasse 129, CH-8600 Dübendorf
EMPA, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology  
Location: Dübendorf, Thun, St.Gallen
Discipline: Materials Science
Affiliation: Conseil des EPF / ETH Rat

Empa is a materials science and technology research institution. It belongs to the ETH domain and as such is an important element in education, science and innovation in Switzerland. It specializes in applications, focused research and development, and provides high-level services in the field of sustainable materials science and technology. Its core tasks are innovative collaboration with industry and public institutions, ensuring the safety of people and the environment, knowledge propagation and university-level teaching.

Physics - Music - Oct 14
Physics - Music
A team of Empa acoustic researchers has built macroscopic crystal structures that use internal rotation to attenuate the propagation of waves. The method makes it possible to build very light and stiff materials that can also "swallow" low frequencies very well, as they report Communicatons. The world of crystals offers many interesting properties: crystals can strike electric sparks in disposable lighters, for example, they can produce polarized light and they can scatter bundled X-rays into thousands of individual reflexes that are refracted in all spatial directions.
Environment - Life Sciences - Oct 10
Environment - Life Sciences

Early childhood life in the womb is particularly sensitive to the effects of environmental pollutants.

Materials Science - Health - Oct 8
Materials Science - Health

Whether a wound heals well under a dressing cannot be seen from the outside. Empa researchers are now enabling a view through the bandage à la James Bond.

Electroengineering - Business - Oct 7
Electroengineering - Business

Whether mobile phone or automatic toilets - electronic devices are becoming increasingly complex. And who hasn't heard stories of devices that fail precisely after the warranty has expired?

Career - Materials Science - Oct 7
Career - Materials Science

Fritz Eggimann, President and CEO of Empa from 1988 to 2001, died unexpectedly on 29 September 2019.

Music - Materials Science - Oct 8
Music - Materials Science

To play a piece of music as it was conceived by the composer is a trend. But where can the rare historical instruments be found? The solution would be exact copies of the coveted originals.

Music - Materials Science - Oct 8
Music - Materials Science

A rippling stream is Jean-Marc Wunderli's favourite sound. However, his everyday research has little to do with calming natural sounds.

Materials Science - Physics - Oct 7
Materials Science - Physics

Can glass flow at room temperature and thus withstand hard impacts' A theory from the 1970s predicted exactly this.

Materials Science - Chemistry - Oct 7
Materials Science - Chemistry

"Corrosion" comes from Latin "corrodere": to gnaw something to pieces. This refers to the gradual destruction of a substance due to the influence of other substances in the environment.

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