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.
Concerns about future European research cooperation
19 February 2014
Empa supports Open Letter to Swiss government
In the wake of the recent vote to reject the agreement between Switzerland and the EU on the free movement of persons, Swiss universities have drafted an Open Letter to the Federal Council asking the countrys government to do its utmost to ensure that Switzerland remains a full member of the EUs «Horizon 2020» and «Erasmus+» programs. Empa fully supports this appeal.
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.
Improving indoor climate, reducing energy consumption
03 February 2014
Moisture-buffering plaster «sucks up» water vapour
Water vapour generated by cooking, taking a shower or drying damp clothes can condense on cold walls, encouraging the growth of mildew and microbes. The company Sto AG, in collaboration with Empa, has developed a special wall plaster to deal with this problem. Its ability to absorb moisture from the air is significantly better than that of conventional lime plaster.