Textiles made from synthetic fibers release microfibers

Microplastics from the washing machine

Jun 26, 2017 | Even before the UN Ocean Conference in early June, we already knew about the disastrous ways in which plastic affects the world's oceans. Billions of pieces of plastic are floating in the oceans. Their effects are also sufficiently well-known: marine...
"Umsicht" Award embedded in NEST wall

NEST celebrates its first birthday

Jun 26, 2017 | NEST officially opened just over a year ago – and a great deal has happened since. At the partner event on 22 June 2017, the NEST network partners – which now number over 100 companies and research as well as public institutions – took a look back at...
New conductivity mechanism of ions discovered

How protons move through a fuel cell

Jun 21, 2017 | Hydrogen is regarded as the energy source of the future: It is produced with solar power and can be used to generate heat and electricity in fuel cells. Empa researchers have now succeeded in decoding the movement of hydrogen ions in crystals – a key...

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