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Membrane filters made of graphene23 April 2014
The thinnest feasible membrane

A new nano-membrane made out of the “wonder material” graphene is extremely light and breath-able. Not only can this open the door to a new generation of functional waterproof clothing, but also to ultra-rapid filtration. The membrane produced by researchers at ETH Zurich and Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories of Materials Science and Technology, is as thin as is technologically feasible.
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EmpaNews 44 published22 April 2014
Focus: A source of knowhow for industry

In the middle between university and the market, there is a "no man's land". Projects can get stuck there caused by technological difficulties – or they can dry out from lack of funding. Empa has settled in this no mans land for years now, endeavored to get new technologies "on the road" together with our industrial partners. See some examples of this kind of work in our Focus: Technology transfer.


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Big step in the exploration of alternative energy storage18 march 2014
Antimony nanocrystals for batteries

Researchers from Empa and ETH Zurich have succeeded for the first time to produce uniform antimony nanocrystals. Tested as components of laboratory batteries, these are able to store a large number of both lithium and sodium ions. These nanomaterials operate with high rate and may eventually be used as alternative anode materials in future high-energy-density batteries.
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First step towards “programmable materials“March 5, 2014
Sheet metal that never rattles

Researchers from Empa and ETH Zurich have succeeded in producing a prototype of a vibration-damping material that could change the world of mechanics forever. The material of the future is not only able to damp vibrations completely; it can also specifically conduct certain frequencies further.  
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Technology Briefing on «Functional Coatings»5th February 2014
Functional Coatings in Industry and Research

The Technology Briefing on the topic of «Functional Coatings for Innovative Applications» recently held at Empa was dedicated to the numerous applications of a wide range of coatings and surfaces. Just how multifaceted these applications can be was demonstrated by diverse companies which presented their activities in this area. Empa's planned «Swiss Coating Centre», which is intended to accelerate technology transfer between research and industry in this field (which is of vital importance for Switzerland) was also introduced.
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