Empa Quarterly 2019
# 67 / December 2019 / Focus: How to reduce the Carbon Footprint
In this issue, we want to take a look at how we can reduce our environmental footprint in various areas. Whether through sophisticated heating and cooling systems that consume considerably less energy thanks to artificial intelligence, innovative building refurbishment or novel cement formulations that cause significantly lower CO2 emissions. Or is streaming the new way of flying? We have answers to these questions as well. Read the latest EmpaQuarterly online or download the pdf-version.
# 66 / October 2019 / Focus: Nothing lasts forever
Ageing and fatigue processes play a crucial role in materials science. Because only if you understand these down to the nitty-gritty details can you predict or even prevent possible failure at an early stage, say, by repairing or reinforcing them in good time. Failure analyses such as those carried out after the collapse of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa are, therefore, extremely informative. Read the latest EmpaQuarterly online or download the pdf-version.
# 65 / July 2019 / Focus: Health made to measure
When it comes to the word medicine, only a few people think of "materials". But you can read in the latest issue of EmpaQuarterly how much modern medicine depends on innovative materials. Read the latest EmpaQuarterly online or download the pdf-version.
# 64 / May 2019 / Focus: Digitalization
The digitization of all walks of life is unleashing terrific dynamics. Find out in this issue how Empa helps our society prepare for the future. Read the latest EmpaQuarterly online or download the pdf-version.
# 63 / January 2019 / Focus: Natural resources from Switzerland
For some time now, extremely precious raw materials have been lying dormant in our cities rather than underground. How can we mine them successfully? We could recover indium, neodymium and gold from the piles of domestic e-waste like our discarded smartphones and other gadgets. We could toughen up old buildings with memory steel for new uses. We could produce cartilage implants made of cellulose and insulating materials made of recycled paper for timber houses. We could store summer heat and use it on cold winter’s days. The latest issue of EmpaQuarterly presents some of these resource-saving approaches and the resourceful researchers behind them.