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Fighting unwanted biofilms

The most successful flat share in the world

Jul 16, 2019 | Biofilms are enormously resistant accumulations of germs, which can cause serious problems, especially in hospitals. Like a single large creature, they can spread within wounds or colonize implants or biomedical products. With novel materials and sur...
Empa study on plastic pollution in Switzerland

5000 tons of plastic released into the environment every year

Jul 12, 2019 | Plastic should not be found in the environment. In order to estimate for the first time the exact extent of plastic pollution in Switzerland, the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) has mandated Empa researchers to calculate how much plastic ge...
How do we sustainably restructure our energy system?

Heading towards the energy future

Jul 8, 2019 | A new Empa study shows how much work still lies ahead of us if Switzerland is to do without fossil fuels in the future. There are two possible solutions: storing large amounts of energy in summer and limiting our demand in winter, or generating energ...

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