Left-handed or right-handed?

Crystal chirality and the asymmetry of life

Feb 9, 2016 | Crystals of biominerals like the ones in bone or teeth oftentimes occur only either in a left- or right-handed form, which relate to each other like an object and its mirror image. How this “chirality” is conferred to these otherwise achiral crystals...
Clean energy from water and sunlight

A step towards artificial photosynthesis

Feb 8, 2016 | Fuel cells generate electrical energy through a chemical reaction of hydrogen and oxygen. To obtain clean energy, the splitting of water into its components of hydrogen and oxygen is critical. Researchers at Empa and the University of Basel study how...
Knowledge and technology transfer for cleaner air

Bolivia looks to improve its air quality

Feb 2, 2016 | Bolivia’s cities suffer from severe air pollution. A Swiss project entitled Aire Limpio is helping to improve their air quality. Empa is also on board, readily passing on its expertise in the field of air measuring technology and air quality control....

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