News 2018

Apr 23, 2018 | University of Freiburg appoints Empa researcher
Antonia Neels, head of the Centre for X-ray Analytics at Empa, has been appointed titular professor by the University of Freiburg. She gives lectures in the Materials master module on applied crystallography in Freiburg....
20 avr. 2018 | Les hautes écoles suisses spécialisées et l’Empa ont conçu la nouveauté mondiale
Le camion à benne électrique eDumper est le plus grand véhicule électrique au monde et est en action dans la carrière depuis le 20 avril. La Haute école spécialisée bernoise, la NTB Interstaatliche Hochschule für Technik...
Apr 18, 2018 | ArtSci Exhibition at ETH Zurich
How can the magic of scientific discoveries in the lab be conveyed to a broad audience? The exhibition “ArtSci2018” at ETH Zurich from 22 April to 6 May will focus on the beauty and relevance of research results. Two...
Apr 17, 2018 | From high school graduate to Empa researcher
An e-bike fueled with hydrogen instead of electricity? No, this is not a utopia, but reality: industrial gas specialist Linde has developed a hydrogen pedelec equipped with a compact fuel cell instead of the usual...
Apr 12, 2018 | First european database for secondary raw materials
In January 2018 the first pan-European database for secondary raw materials, including many “critical” ones, went online. Ever since, we have known more about which raw material depots reside in cars, batteries and...
11 avr. 2018 | Capteur pour la cicatrisation des plaies
Un nouveau pansement avertit le personnel soignant dès qu'une plaie guérit mal – sans qu'il soit nécessaire de l'enlever. La fluorescence de capteurs incorporés au matériau du pansement change d'intensité lorsque le pH...
Apr 9, 2018 | 9th VERT Forum at Empa
It is exactly 20 years since experts from Empa and VERT published the first test results on diesel particle filters. Today, more than 100 million vehicles worldwide are fitted with such filters. However, a VERT...
Mar 26, 2018 | New book on fungal diseases of urban trees
Trees can get sick too. In urban areas, this usually means that the infested tree has to be felled for safety reasons. Empa researcher Francis Schwarze is familiar with wood and fungal pathogens and has developed methods...
Mar 22, 2018 | Digital prefabricated timber modules for "DFAB HOUSE"
Researchers from ETH Zurich are using a new method for digital timber construction in a real-world project for the first time. The load-bearing timber modules, which are prefabricated by robots, will be assembled in the...
Mar 20, 2018 | ETH Zurich awards Katharina Maniura title of Professor
ETH Zurich awarded Katharina Maniura, Head of Empa's lab "Biointerfaces", the title of Professor on 8 March 2018. Maniura and her team at Empa's St. Gallen site are investigating natural interfaces between biological...
Mar 20, 2018 | "Solar Fitness & Wellness" with a chance of winning
On 8 June 2018, the "Award for Marketing + Architecture" will be presented for the sixth time. Among the nominated projects is the NEST unit "Solar Fitness & Wellness". The unit combines unconventional architecture with...
Mar 6, 2018 | Research building NEST continues to fill up
NEST is a happening place: As soon as the last unit “Urban Mining & Recycling” has been opened, construction of the next one is already underway. Since mid-February, the unit "SolAce" is being installed in the...
Mar 6, 2018 | Stromengpässe im Winter
Mit kalten Fingern hat der Winter an Europas Uhren gedreht. Auch in der Schweiz zeigen Geräte, die ihre Zeitsignale vom Stromnetz erhalten, derzeit nicht die korrekte Zeit an. Etwa um sechs Minuten gehen Backofenuhr und...
Mar 2, 2018 | Information pavilion as a meeting place
The information pavilion at the Zurich Innovation Park will be opened tonight. After many years of preparatory work at the planning and political level, a first element of the park on the Dübendorf airfield site is now...
22 févr. 2018 | Salon de l’automobile de Genève
A quoi pourrait ressembler la « station-service du futur » ? Quels services pourrait-elle offrir ? Quels carburants pourraient être proposés et de quelle provenance ? Des réponses possibles à ces questions sont données...
15 févr. 2018 | Biotech violins
Les violons fabriqués avec du bois traité par des champignons sonnent-ils comme des instruments anciens? Les chercheurs en acoustique de l'Empa se penchent actuellement sur les instruments en bois de «Mycowood». Les...
8 févr. 2018 | Inauguration de l’unité NEST «Urban Mining & Recycling»& Recycling”
Un module d’habitation construit à partir de matériaux réutilisables, recyclables et compostables, non mélangés entre eux: voilà la prémisse qui sert d’orientation à la dernière unité née au NEST, bâtiment modulaire de...
Feb 1, 2018 | Innovative ice screws
On the mountain, ice screws must be able to reliably hold the weight of a climber – even in free fall if need be. Investigations at Empa will show whether or not a newly developed screw will not slip out of the ice even...
29 janv. 2018 | Textiles électro-osmotiques pour athlètes
Pour garder le corps au chaud et au sec pendant les sports d'hiver, il faut des vêtements efficaces. Les exigences sur ces textiles sont élevées, car une personne transpire uniquement sur partie supérieure du corps...
Jan 23, 2018 | Hazardous industrial batteries in e-cigarettes
E-cigarettes often draw their energy from lithium-ion batteries of the type 18650, but these batteries are extremely dangerous without a protective cover. Empa scientist Marcel Held demonstrates this fact with an...
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