Jun 13, 2019 | SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition
In July, Swissloop, an association of students from ETH Zurich and other Swiss universities, will once again be competing against teams from all over the world at the Hyperloop Pod Competition in Los Angeles. At Empa,...
Jun 4, 2019 | Recycling carbon dioxide from the ocean
Huge floating solar islands on the ocean that produce enough energy to enable CO2-neutral global freight traffic – what sounds like science fiction researchers from ETH Zurich, the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), Empa,...
Jun 11, 2019 | Support from Innosuisse
In its first two years, the BRIDGE funding programme has financed 81 projects at the interface of basic science and science-based innovation. BRIDGE is supporting a project at Empa to recycle electrical waste in India.
Jan 22, 2019 | Insulation for timber houses
Scientists at Empa teamed up with isofloc AG to develop an insulating material made of recycled paper. It is ideal for prefabricated wooden elements and even multistory timber houses, and protects the construction...
May 2, 2019 | Unique insights into concrete
Even if concrete is not flammable, it can be hazardous in tunnel fires: high-performance concrete can explode at high temperatures. Although the phenomenon is well known, the physics behind it have not yet been fully...
Jun 7, 2019 | Two Empa projects nominated
For 13 years, the "bilding" foundation has been committed to promoting the next generation of engineers in the construction industry, which also includes the Building Award for remarkable and innovative engineering...
May 29, 2019 | First structure made of self-curving wood
Since last week there is a unique wooden building in the Remstal near Stuttgart: a tower made of self-formed spruce boards. The method, which has been developed at Empa and ETH Zurich, uses the natural swelling and...
May 23, 2019 | «Nature» article on atmospheric pollution
Since 2013, annual emissions of the banned chlorofluorocarbon CFC-11 have increased by around 7,000 metric tons from eastern China, according to a new study by an international team of scientists including Empa...
Apr 2, 2019 | Spalted wood
Fungi that decompose tree trunks can conjure up real works of art in wood. In nature, however, the decay-causing fungi not only decorate the tree, but also destroy it. Empa researchers are now teaching the fungi how to...
May 16, 2019 | Study in “Nature Communications Biology”
In a unique experimental setup, Swiss researchers have investigated the effect of exhaust particles from aircraft turbine engines on human lung cells. The cells reacted most strongly to particles emitted during ground...
May 27, 2019 | Insights into our interconnected energy future
Our energy system is changing: The permanent availability of energy in the right place at the right time is becoming more demanding. At the same time, digitalization offers us new tools for better controlling energy...
May 28, 2019 | X-ray detectors
Empa and G-ray team up to develop a world's first in metal 3D printing. G-ray, a Neuchatel-based start up, will provide real-time quality control during the manufacturing process.
May 21, 2019 | Predict the properties of composite materials
Can the properties of composite materials be predicted? Empa scientists have mastered this feat and thus can help achieve research objectives faster. This leads, for instance, to better recycling techniques and...
Apr 15, 2019 | Opening of the NEST unit DFAB HOUSE
DFAB HOUSE has officially opened on the NEST building of Empa and Eawag in Dübendorf. It is the world's first inhabited "house" that was not only digitally planned, but also – with the help of robots and 3D printers –...
May 13, 2019 | The risks to the environment are (still) low
Sea birds dying in agony with a belly full of plastic garbage; plastic accumulations as big as islands: Virtually everyone has seen pictures like these today. But there are also plastic particles that are barely visible...
May 9, 2019 | "Re-FREAM" combines art and science
In the planned project "Re-FREAM" designers develop new and innovative fashion concepts in cooperation with researchers from all over Europe and completely rethink processes, traditions, production methods as well as...
Apr 15, 2019 | Portrait Gustav Nyström
The new head of Empa's Cellulose & Wood Materials lab, Gustav Nyström, has taken everyone by surprise by setting unconventional goals. However, paper batteries and nanocellulose sensors have one main objective: to help...
Apr 15, 2019 | Advantage for cousumer and supplier
Solar systems on the roofs of residential buildings often produce energy precisely when the residents can’t actually use it. Stationary batteries enable this energy to be utilized in the evening, at night or on a rainy...
Apr 15, 2019 | Digital twin for personalized therapies
Virtual doppelgangers could one day revolutionize medicine: Empa researchers are developing a digital twin, which should facilitate the development of personalized therapies. The goal is for these avatars to demonstrate...
Apr 15, 2019 | Sustainable heating and cooling technology
Can you cool with waste heat? Sure. A Swiss research project involving Empa, which ended in November, demonstrated this in an impressive way. Now a large-scale EU project is starting: industrial cooling – thanks to the...