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Towards tomorrow's nanoelectronics

Aug 10, 2010 | BEATRICE HUBER

To fabricate ever smaller electronic components, new materials are in great demand – for example, ultra-thin layers of carbon known as graphene. As part of an international collaboration, Empa researchers are developing new methods to “grow” these layers in a tailored way on surfaces. The current issue of EmpaNews covers this topic as well as, of course, much more.

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Focus: Smart Materials

And since it is our goal to provide intelligent reading material, for once we’ve taken that task literally – and thus the current Focus section on “smart” materials. They’re also the topic of the National Research Programme NRP 62, which started early 2010 and in which Empa is quite successfully represented.

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And also in this issue:

Research and Development

  • Energy-saving lamp wins
    Empa researchers have investigated the eco-balance of various lighting technologies. They considered not only the lamps’ own energy consumption using different electricity mixes, but also aspects related to their manufacture and disposal. The clear-cut result: the energy-saving lamp comes out ahead.
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  • Fire in the building!
    Empa has been burning for 40 years. In the Fire Technology Laboratory at Dübendorf, the most varied components are turned into ashes. This is done not just to gain knowledge about how materials and components behave when burning, but also to optimise them. In future, even computer models should help predict the materials' behaviour in the event of fire.
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Knowledge and technology transfer

  • “You don’t win a prize everyday”
    A new bed imitating the movements of healthy people when sleeping should help protect bedridden patients from decubitus ulcers, better known as bedsores, and at the same time unburden health-care personnel. Behind this project, which recently won several start-up awards, is Michael Sauter, a mechanical engineer and young entrepreneur who in May 2009 founded his own company “compliant concept”, supported by Empa’s glatec technology centre.
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