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...
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 | Interview
Empa CEO Gian-Luca Bona on the opportunities and risks of digitalization – and the question as to how a materials research institute needs to gear itself up for this future.
May 6, 2019 | Space suit prototype
In cooperation with Empa, the Austrian Space Forum (ÖFW) is developing the "Serenity" space suit - a prototype for a Mars suit. The two partners have now signed a cooperation agreement to work even more closely together...
Apr 17, 2019 | Annual Report 2018 is online
In such a highly competitive environment as scientific research, it is a good idea to ask yourself on a regular basis just how well you fare by international comparison. With this in mind, Empa conducted a peer review...
Apr 11, 2019 | New lab head for "Acoustics / Noise Control"
Jean-Marc Wunderli will be in charge of the "Acoustics/ Noise Control" lab at Empa in Dübendorf. He succeeds Kurt Eggenschwiler.
Mar 5, 2019 | Simulation of railway noise
Railway noise is annoying. Trains cause numerous sleepless nights, especially in the vicinity of residential areas. This makes it all the more important to optimize trains and tracks in such a way as to dampen sounds....
Feb 27, 2019 | Opening of the NEST unit DFAB HOUSE
DFAB HOUSE has officially opened today 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...
Mar 28, 2019 | Quantum cascade laser measures ethanol
Quantum cascade lasers are able to measure the smallest molecules with high precision. But the technology has failed to measure larger gas molecules - until now! Empa researchers have succeeded in quantifying ethanol, an...
Mar 26, 2019 | 10th VERT Forum at the Empa Academy
Diesel vans are dirtier in winter than many know: Where there are still gaps in emissions legislation, soot particles and nitrogen oxides (NOx) continue to be produced. This and more was discussed by 130 international...
Mar 20, 2019 | Empa technology in space
Another European Space Agency (ESA) satellite was launched last October: BepiColombo who is heading for Mercury – with Empa technology on board. Empa coated and soldered individual components meticulously for...
Mar 12, 2019 | Empa at the Geneva Motor Show
What could the "gas station of the future" look like? What services does it offer? Which fuels can be filled up there and where do they come from? The Swiss Oil Industry Association (Erdöl-Vereinigung) is providing...
Mar 8, 2019 | Inge Herrmann appointed by ETH Zurich
ETH Zurich has appointed Inge Katrin Herrmann as Assistant Professor for Nanoparticle Systems Engineering. The researcher heads the group "Particles 4D" in Empa's Particles-Biology Interactions lab.
Feb 20, 2019 | Grant for researchers of Empa and University of Bern
Portable sensors that prevent injuries to skin and tissue should allow a patient to lie for an extended period of time: With this project, researchers from Empa and the University of Bern were successful in the current...
Feb 14, 2019 | Non-toxic flame retardants
Together with BRUAG Fire Protection AG, Empa specialists have developed a new flame retardant for wood and wood-based materials. The colourless additive, which can be easily mixed with coatings and cellulose materials,...
Feb 12, 2019 | Head of laboratory "Urban Energy Systems"
Interdisciplinary, interconnected and oriented towards a sustainable future: These words describe Kristina Orehounig just as aptly as they describe the Empa laboratory “Urban Energy Systems”, which she is heading since...
Feb 1, 2019 | Preparatory project for a large-scale European research initiative launched
A sustainable alternative to the fossil-based, energy-intensive production of fuels and basic products of the chemical industry, based solely on solar energy and universally available resources: This is the ambitious...
Feb 4, 2019 | Swiss technology transfer center association founded
Innovations are the driving force behind the Swiss economy. But how does an idea become an innovation, a real market success? Too many ideas from research laboratories fall by the wayside on their path to industrial...
Feb 6, 2019 | Excellent research at 3450 meters above sea level
At the beginning of the 1930s, when European countries were sealing themselves off, Switzerland opened the internationally oriented Jungfraujoch research station. In 2019, the station receives two awards as an important...
Feb 7, 2019 | Effects on people and the environment under the microscope
Graphene is considered one of the most interesting and versatile materials of our time. The application possibilities inspire both research and industry. But are products containing graphene also safe for humans and the...
Jan 8, 2019 | What happens to our ressources?
This year, beautifully wrapped laptops, mobile phones or even new TV sets lay under numerous Christmas trees. They are enthusiastically put into use – and the old electronic devices are disposed of. The e-waste contains...
Jan 28, 2019 | Empa at the WEF
Guests from business, politics and science met with researchers from the ETH Domain on the occasion of the World Economic Forum in Davos under the motto "Innovations made in Switzerland for Switzerland".
Jan 10, 2019 | NEST earns energy award
On 10 January 2019, the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) awarded the renowned Swiss "Watt d'Or" energy prize for the twelfth time. Among the five winners is the NEST research and innovation building by Empa and...
Jan 15, 2019 | Nanocellulose for novel implants
Cellulose obtained from wood has amazing material properties. Empa researchers are now equipping the biodegradable material with additional functionalities to produce implants for cartilage diseases using 3D printing.
Jan 18, 2019 | Chemistry at very small scales
Molecules are usually formed in reaction vessels or laboratory flasks. An Empa research team has now succeeded in producing molecules between two microscopically small, movable gold tips – in a sense as a "hand-knitted"...
Jan 23, 2019 | Empa spin-off in the ESA BIC program
For the third time now, a spin-off of Empa has been chosen to join the Business Incubator of the European Space Agency ESA. The young company "MIRO Analytical Technologies" by Morten Hundt and Oleg Aseev develops...
Jan 24, 2019 | ETH Medal for Empa Doctoral Student
Every year, ETH Zurich awards medals to outstanding master's and doctoral theses. Fan Fu recently received one of these coveted awards for his doctoral thesis on transparent Perovskit solar cells, which he completed at...
Jan 25, 2019 | "Impact Award" for Empa Project
The University of Geneva presents the first "Impact Award" to a project by researchers from Empa and the University of Geneva, among others. They were honored for a newly developed method of integrating a closo-borate...
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