Empa is running a number of top-notch centers, which on one hand offer services and consulting to external partners, and on the other hand cooperate in numerous research and development projects to boost and advance the technologies in question. Likewise, Empa is a partner in several national interinstitutional research networks such as the Competence Centers (CCs) of the ETH Domain and the Swiss Competence Centers for Energy Research (SCCERs).
In its Coating Competence Center (CCC) Empa develops new technologies by bringing together key players along the value chain and by closing the gap between lab-scale research and industrial production. This includes all aspects of technology: materials, processes and machines.
Empa's Electron Microscopy (EM) Center offers EM services to internal and external research partners, conducts forefront research in the development and application of new EM techniques in materials science and acts as a consulting unit for electron microscopy in materials science.
Empa's Center for X-ray Analytics works on advancing X-ray-based analytical methods in materials science and technology, often in partnership with research institutions and industry. Fields of application comprise semiconductor technology, chemistry, pharmacology and biology.
Empa’s Center for Reliability Engineering provides consulting on issues related to reliability, offers research cooperations and runs a service pool for partners from industry, through which customers are granted access to state-of-the-art testing methods and facilities.
The general guiding theme and vision of the new Empa Materials and Technology Center of Robotics is to develop novel robotic systems for infrastructure maintenance and environmental monitoring.
The Competence Centers (CCs) of the ETH Domain are interdisciplinary, inter-institutional research networks in the fields of energy, the environment, materials and imaging. The Centers were established in 2006 and received a start-up funding of 16 Mio Swiss Francs.
To facilitate the energy turnaround in Switzerland the Swiss Government established eight SCCERs. Their goal is to deliver solutions to the associated technical, social and political challenges. Empa is leading one of them and is a partner in another two.