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Innovative floor panels28 August 2014
Clean feet – even after the festival

Special new underlay panels will make life easier for open-air enthusiasts. In collaboration with Empa, Supramat-Swiss GmbH has developed a product that protects the ground and prevents mud from forming. Thanks to their construction, the panels are easy to transport and can be laid over large areas with minimal effort.  Moreover, Empa and its industry partner have also optimised underlay panels that prevent heavy equipment from sinking in mud and form temporary roads for sites that are difficult to access.  For example, they make it easy to recover aeroplanes that have come off the runway..
NEST: The house of the future26 August 2014
Construction work on modular research building gets underway

The construction of the modular research and innovation house NEST got underway at its ground-breaking ceremony on August 26. The building’s frame, its “backbone”, should be completed by the end of 2015, upon which the first research modules will be installed. NEST is a joint project between industry, research and the public sector conducted by Empa and Eawag and erected on the Empa campus in Dübendorf.
Research of Empa scientists on the cover of "Nature"7th August 2014
Synthesis of structurally pure carbon nanotubes using molecular seeds

For the first time, researchers at Empa and the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research have succeeded in "growing" single-wall carbon nanotubes (CNT) with a single predefined structure - and hence with identical electronic properties. And here is how they pulled it off: the CNTs "assembled themselves", as it were, out of tailor-made organic precursor molecules on a platinum surface, as reported by the researchers in the latest issue of the journal "Nature". In future, CNTs of this kind may be used in ultra-sensitive light detectors and ultra-small transistors.
Database for Life Cycle Inventories5th august 2014
ecoinvent breaks new ground

In March this year, ecoinvent with its Life Cycle Inventory database has taken the step towards independence. The newly founded association is supported by institutions including Empa, Agroscope, the EPF Lausanne, the ETH Zurich and the Paul Scherrer Institute – the same organizations, in fact, which since the very beginning, more than a decade ago have significantly contributed to the success of ecoinvent.
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