Mar 11, 2020 | Wood-based catalyst to keep fruit fresh
If different types of vegetables and fruits are stored together, they influence each other's ripening process. This is due to ethylene, which is emitted by some plant-based foodstuff and accelerates ripening. To prevent...
Sep 10, 2020 | Circuits on all kinds of material
A new revolution in the production of electronic circuits is on the way: Empa researchers are working on electronics that come out of printers. This makes it possible to produce the circuits on all sorts of substrates,...
Jul 28, 2020 | Energy-saving construction and refurbishment
The competition starts on 1 August 2020 and includes construction projects with Aerogel in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Feb 16, 2021 | Radioactive waste repository
Cement is one of the key materials for the safe storage of radioactive waste. What is needed is an almost infinite durability of the containers. Empa researchers are therefore analyzing material systems that can handle...
Dec 9, 2020 | Life cycle assessments of corona masks
Anyone who wants to protect themselves and others from a COVID-19 infection wears a mask these days. But what about the environmental impact of this mass product, which is used millions of times over? Which factors are...
Jan 14, 2021 | Portrait: Pietro Lura
Pietro Lura has bold plans. As head of the new "Concrete & Asphalt" lab at Empa, he is committed to durable materials that are subject to ever-changing external conditions. Climate change and the scarcity of resources...
Dec 4, 2020 | Research on greener aviation
Aircraft also make noise on approach, which is often underestimated. A research project involving Empa has shown that it is quite possible to reduce noise during approach, to avoid particularly loud approaches and at the...
May 14, 2020 | Personal protection in times of corona
Empa researchers have worked with the Swiss textile industry to develop technologies and quality standards for textile masks. Hence so-called community masks can now be produced in Switzerland.
Apr 23, 2020 | ReMask: Protective masks for Switzerland
During the Corona crisis, protective masks have become a rare commodity. In order to equip Switzerland with sufficient protective equipment during future pandemics, Empa researchers are working together with a national...
Jan 26, 2021 | Particulate matter
The broad introduction of particle filters reduced the emission of combustion generated fine and ultrafine particles significantly. As a result, brake disc and tire abrasion are moving into the focus of public health...
Apr 21, 2020 | Detection in the environment
A team of researchers from Empa, ETH Zurich and Zurich University Hospital has succeeded in developing a novel sensor for detecting the new coronavirus. In future it could be used to measure the concentration of the...
Mar 5, 2020 | Heat islands in the city
A particularly warm winter is coming to an end – in summer the next heat wave is looming. Is it possible to create cool zones in cities to tackle the more pronounced heat island effects due to climate change? Empa...
Jun 4, 2020 | Alternative cement recipes
Cement production has to drastically reduce its environmental footprint. Empa researchers are, therefore working on alternative cement recipes that cause significantly fewer emissions or can even bind the greenhouse gas...
Jul 10, 2020 | New class of materials with strange phenomena
Topological materials are a new class of materials that could enable completely new types of electronic components and superconductors. In topological materials, electrons can behave differently than in conventional...
Nov 17, 2020 | Food technology
After the summer harvest, fruits are sold as dried products suitable for the current season. However, if fruit or vegetables are dried with heat, nutrients can be destroyed and flavors can be reduced. This is why...
Jul 2, 2020 | Magnetism in carbon nanostructures
Empa researcher Shantanu Mishra received the Award of the Swiss Physical Society on 1 July 2020 for his outstanding PhD thesis.
Dec 22, 2020 | Long-term test on concrete beam
Since 1970 a worldwide unique test has been running in the Empa testing hall in Dübendorf, in which the long-term behaviour of bonded steel reinforcements on a concrete beam is being investigated. Investigations such as...
Dec 23, 2020 | Book available now
In 2020, Empa celebrates its 140th anniversary. To mark the occasion, Empa publishes its book "Beyond Materials – A brief history of Empa" in which the research institute looks back and reveals how it has evolved from a...
Dec 16, 2020 | Skyrmions – the basis for a completely new computer architecture?
Skyrmions are small magnetic objects that could revolutionize the data storage industry and also enable new computer architectures. However, before they can be utilized in such applications, there are still a number of...
Dec 17, 2020 | Environmental health
Short-term disturbances caused by aircraft noise at night can lead to cardiovascular death within hours. This is shown in analyses by a team of researchers from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute and Empa....
Dec 9, 2020 | STEP2 – A new NEST unit in the planning
At NEST, the research and innovation platform of Empa and Eawag, a new unit is currently being planned: STEP2. In this project, various partners from research and industry are working together to drive innovation in the...
Dec 14, 2020 | Connected ecosystem for energy research
On the road to a sustainable energy system, technologies for the flexible conversion and efficient storage of energy are becoming increasingly important. To investigate these pressing issues in a realistic way, ETH...
Dec 10, 2020 | "ERC Consolidator Grant" for Dorina Opris
The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded one of the prestigious ERC Consolidator Grants to Empa researcher Dorina Opris. Thanks to the grant, which is worth around 2 million Euros, she will be able to expand her...
May 5, 2020 | «One Two We»: Eating sustainably at Empa
«One Two We» is a sustainability program launched by the SV Group and WWF Switzerland. The goal is to reduce CO2 emissions of staff restaurants through sustainable food. Empa is a program partner since 2013 – and can,...
Oct 29, 2020 | New study on the impact of digitalization
A team of researchers from the University of Zurich and Empa has analyzed the consequences of the 5G mobile phone standard for the climate. One thing is clear: 5G technology can curb greenhouse gas emissions, as new...
Nov 3, 2020 | Forest dwelling drones
A team of researchers from Empa and Imperial College London developed drones that can attach sensors to trees to monitor environmental and ecological changes in forests.
Oct 22, 2020 | Wearable solar concentrators
Researchers at Empa and ETH Zurich succeeded in developing a material that works like a luminescent solar concentrator and can even be applied to textiles. This opens up numerous possibilities for producing energy...
Dec 3, 2020 | Outstanding innovations
If innovative projects and achievements in technology transfer stand out, they should be honored accordingly. Among the innovations, which will bridge the gap between science and industry in 2020 and beyond, are three...
Nov 24, 2020 | Sustainable fuels
In future, commercial vehicles will not only have to emit less CO2 but also meet stricter exhaust emission limits. Many experts expect that this could herald the end for fossil diesel. One possible alternative is...
Nov 18, 2020 | Empa scientists among this year's «Highly Cited Researchers»
Every year, those scientists whose publications have been cited most frequently and who are thus considered particularly influential in their field are selected. As was the case last year, Empa researchers Bernd Nowack...
Nov 11, 2020 | PAI: Physical Artificial Intelligence
In order for robots to be able to achieve more than simple automated machines in the future, they must not only have their own "brain". Empa researchers postulate that artificial intelligence must be expanded to include...
Nov 10, 2020 | «Falling Walls 2020»
The ten winners in the «Emerging Talents» category of the «Falling Walls 2020» have been announced. This year they include two Empa researchers: Marie-Claude Bay from the Materials for Energy Conversion lab and Tanmay...
Oct 28, 2020 | Progress on the "HiLo" construction site
On the construction site of the NEST unit "HiLo" an important milestone has been achieved: The doubly curved roof shell is finished. Together with partners from industry, ETH researchers have developed completely new...
Sep 7, 2020 | Nachhaltige Elektromobilität
Der Schweizer Elektrofahrzeughersteller Kyburz nahm eine neue Recyclinganlage in Betrieb, die Materialien aus Lithium-Ionen Akkus zum grossen Teil zurückgewinnen kann. Die Anlage wurde in enger Zusammenarbeit mit...
Aug 20, 2020 | Thermal insulation for miniature components
Aerogel is an excellent thermal insulator. So far, however, it has mainly been used on a large scale, for example in environmental technology, in physical experiments or in industrial catalysis. Researchers at Empa, ETH...
Oct 20, 2020 | Another "Distinguished Senior Researcher" at Empa
The atmospheric scientist Dominik Brunner became the 5th Empa scientist to be appointed "Distinguished Senior Researcher". With this distinction, Empa's Board of Directors honors researchers with a particularly high...
Aug 27, 2020 | Biofuels and closed materials cycles due to bio-templating
Blue-green algae are among the oldest living creatures on Earth and have perfected the use of sunlight over billions of years. Empa scientists have now equipped these humble unicellular organisms with semiconductor...
Oct 8, 2020 | Podcast from the NEST (in German)
In the NEST Podcast, Peter Richner, Deputy Director of Empa, meets interesting guests from politics, engineering sciences and architecture to discuss innovations in the building industry and its future. The guest of the...
Oct 5, 2020 | The new Hyperloop Pod "Simona de Silvestro"
From 2017 to 2019, Tesla founder Elon Musk organized the annual Hyperloop competition, in which Swissloop with students from ETH Zurich had participated every year thus far. After it was clear that this year's...
Sep 29, 2020 | Auszeichnung für Lehrlingsausbildung
Der Name Empa steht nicht nur für zukunftsorientierte Forschung, sondern auch für eine ausgezeichnete Berufsbildung. Die Auszubildenden haben dies dem Beratungsunternehmen "Great Place To Work" in einer Umfrage...
Sep 23, 2020 | New NABEL station in Dübendorf
Air quality in Switzerland has improved but is still not good enough. To continue the monitoring of air pollutants which has taken place for many years in Dübendorf, canton Zurich, federal government has opened a new...
Sep 21, 2020 | Solid-State Batteries
Empa researchers have achieved a milestone in the search for a solid electrolyte, the conductive medium for future solid-state batteries. On the one hand, this material must be highly conductive for lithium ions, and on...
Aug 11, 2020 | Antibacterial cellulose
In order to combat bacterial wound infections, Empa researchers have developed cellulose membranes equipped with antimicrobial peptides. Initial results show: The skin-friendly membranes made of plant-based materials...
Sep 9, 2020 | Initiative for battery research
The European research initiative BATTERY 2030+ is now getting going. The ambition is to make Europe the world leader in the development and production of the batteries of the future. These batteries need to store more...
Sep 8, 2020 | Research in times of COVID-19
Efforts are being made worldwide to combat the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Vaccines and protective masks are of prime importance. Empa researcher Peter Wick, Head of the Particles-Biology Interactions Laboratory in St....
Sep 3, 2020 | Into the nano realm
Two talented young researchers at Empa will be given the opportunity to develop their own research area over a five-year period with the help of an ERC Starting Grant from the European Research Council: Marianne Liebi...
Sep 3, 2020 | SDG Award 2020 for sustainability
The SDG Award 2020 of the Swiss Green Economy Symposium goes to a team from Empa and ETH Zurich led by Ingo Burgert and Tanja Zimmermann. The award recognizes the achievements of the researchers in the field of...
Aug 17, 2020 | Fire experiments in test tunnel
What happens if an electric car burns in a road tunnel or an underground car park? In the Hagerbach test tunnel in Switzerland, Empa researchers and tunnel safety expert Lars Derek Mellert set fire to battery cells of...
Aug 21, 2020 | Label der Stiftung «Natur & Wirtschaft» für Empa
Die Empa wurde vor kurzem erneut für ihr naturnah gestaltetes Areal in Dübendorf mit dem Label der Stiftung «Natur & Wirtschaft» ausgezeichnet. Bereits im Jahr 2003 erhielt die Empa dieses Label. Bei der Rezertifizierung...
Feb 18, 2020 | Sticky proteins from sea mussels
If the heart muscle is damaged, repairing the constantly active organ is a challenge. Empa researchers are developing a novel tissue adhesive inspired by nature, which is able to repair lesions in muscle tissue. They...
Jul 21, 2020 | Circular economy
Lithium-ion batteries contain salts rich in fluorine, which decompose in humid air to toxic, highly corrosive hydrogen fluoride. The hazardous nature of this substance makes recycling more difficult and more expensive. A...
Jul 8, 2020 | Empa researcher to head Swiss Noise Abatement Commission
The Federal Council has appointed Empa researcher Jean Marc Wunderli as President of the Swiss Federal Noise Abatement Commission (EKLB). He took over this position on the 1st of July. Since 2019 Wunderli heads the lab...
Jul 16, 2020 | Avenir Suisse relies on Empa expertise
The think tank Avenir Suisse today presented its latest publication entitled "Sustainable Powertrain Technologies". The key message is clear: an openness towards different technologies is needed to achieve the climate...
Jun 16, 2020 | On the trail of enigmatic quantum phenomena
A research team from Empa and EPFL has developed a molecular motor which consists of only 16 atoms and rotates reliably in one direction. It could allow energy harvesting at the atomic level. The special feature of the...
Jul 15, 2020 | Cost-effective and material-saving
Concrete is by far the most widely used building material in the world – and the trend is rising. Using a new type of concrete formula, an Empa team has succeeded in producing self-prestressed concrete elements. This...
Feb 10, 2020 | Next-generation lithium-ion batteries
On Monday, February 10, 2020, the European battery research project SeNSE was officially launched. Over the next four years, five research institutes and six industrial companies from seven European countries will work...
Jul 13, 2020 | What comes after the lithium-ion battery?
The demand for batteries to store renewable energy will grow drastically in the coming years. Could we develop more sustainable technologies to save precious natural resources, besides the familiar lithium-ion batteries?
Jul 7, 2020 | Mobile measuring instruments
Humans are exposed to numerous harmful environmental influences, and it is an international concern to quantify these emissions as accurately as possible in order to be able to take measures to contain them. Empa is also...
Jun 29, 2020 | High-tech clothing
There is more than cool looks about hip clothing for top performance: Thanks to a variety of smart technologies, high-tech clothing today is capable of analyzing body functions or actively optimizing the microclimate....
Jul 2, 2020 | Protection against electromagnetic interference
Empa researchers have succeeded in applying aerogels to microelectronics: Aerogels based on cellulose nanofibers can effectively shield electromagnetic radiation over a wide frequency range – and they are unrivalled in...
Feb 6, 2020 | New production process for perovskite cells
The semiconductor perovskite is seen as a new hope to bring the production price of solar cells down below that of silicon used so far. Empa is developing new manufacturing processes to make perovskite solar cells not...
Jan 20, 2020 | Renovation
Heating, hot water and private electricity consumption consume large amounts of energy and cause high CO2 emissions. Energy-efficient renovations of buildings can reduce this consumption – but how is the money best used...
Jun 9, 2020 | Hello Mask
Scientists of Empa and EPFL have developed a fully transparent surgical mask that will soon be produced on an industrial scale. The new startup HMCARE will market the masks and has already raised CHF 1 million to develop...
Feb 13, 2020 | Scented fibers
To provide laundry with fragrances without the effect disappearing after the first laundering is quite a challenge. Empa researchers have now developed fibers that release the scent of roses or cloves – permanently....
Jun 11, 2020 | Metal 3D laser printing
During metal processing in the 3D laser printer, temperatures of more than 2,500 degrees Celsius are reached within milliseconds, causing some components of the alloys to evaporate. While widely considered a problem...
Jun 25, 2020 | AI monitoring of laser welding processes
With an X-ray experiment at the European Synchrotron ESRF in Grenoble (France), Empa researchers were able to demonstrate how well their real-time acoustic monitoring of laser weld seams works. With almost 90 percent...
Jun 24, 2020 | First virtual CE2 Lab
The circular economy is gaining a foothold in more and more areas: Some have already established business models, in others it is only visible in visionary pioneering projects. Where are the hurdles to a functioning...
Jun 21, 2020 | Test flights with commercial aircraft
During more than 90 approaches to Zurich Airport conducted under the leadership of the Swiss SkyLab Foundation, researchers from Empa and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) tested an assistance system that supports pilots...
Jun 18, 2020 | Risk analyses for nanoparticles
In order to reduce the number of animal experiments in research, alternative methods are being sought. This is a particular challenge if the safety of substances that have hardly been studied is to be ensured, for...
May 11, 2020 | Empa lab for Multiscale Studies in Building Physics under new leadership
On 1 February 2020, Ivan Lunati took over as head of Empa's Multiscale Studies in Building Physics lab. Lunati has already conducted research at various research centers and universities all over the world. He now brings...
Jun 15, 2020 | Science with impact
The renowned journal "Environmental Science and Technology" recently selected the ten publications with the greatest influence in the more than 50-year history of the magazine. Among them is a study by Empa researchers...
Jun 10, 2020 | Towards more robust smartphone sensors
Researchers at ETH and Empa have shown that tiny objects can be made from silicon that are much more deformable and stronger than previously thought. In this way, sensors in smartphones could be made smaller and more...
May 29, 2020 | Against Food-Waste
If different types of vegetables and fruits are stored together, they influence each other in the ripening process. This is due to ethylene, which is emitted by some plant-based foodstuff and accelerates ripening. To...
May 29, 2020 | Next generation lithium-ion battery
Over the next four years, five research institutes and six industrial companies from seven European countries will work together to find solutions for the next generation of lithium-ion batteries. Also on board as a...
May 29, 2020 | Empa spin-off TwingTec part of the Solar Impulse Foundation
The Solar Impulse Foundation is looking for 1000 solutions that will boost the economy - and protect the environment at the same time. The Empa spin-off TwingTec has made it onto the list: it is now part of Bertrand...
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