News Archive



  • We developed luminescent melt-spun fibers, which can enhance the performance of solar cells. Using molecular dynamics simulations, we analyzed the impact of dye solubility in polymer melts on the resulting optical properties.

  • Rudolf Hufenus is guest editor of a special issue of Materials (impact factor 2.972), entitled "Novel Synthetic Fibers for Textile Applications". Submission to this open access journal are very welcome (deadline 31 December 2020).

  • Fragrant liquid-core fibers

    We have developed fibers that release the scent of roses or cloves – permanently. What's more, the liquid-core fibers can also be equipped with other active ingredients.

  • Honour for Dirk Hegemann
    Dirk Hegemann has been appointed "Editor-in-Chief" for the journal Plasma Processes and Polymers from 2020 on after acting for two years as "Co-Editor-in-Chief". Congratulations! (January 2020)

  • Update on Empa developed flame-retardants

    A joint research with Bruag AG has led to the development of new class of P-N flame-retardants for application in wood-based materials. Empa developed EDA-DOPO flame retardant is now Reach registered.

  • HYDRO_BOT: The skiing jacket that keeps you dry. A membrane embedded within conductive textile layers effectively transports sweat away from the body using electro osmosis. Coatings developed by Advanced Fibers enable electrical conductivity and wettability required for the success of the technology.

  • 80 plasma scientists and industrial researchers from 15 different countries met for the 5th International Workshop Plasma Science & Interfaces 201 at Empa St. Gallen on 18th/19th October 2018, to discuss latest results in the field.
  • In our recently published article in the Nature journal “scientific reports” we could verify the hypothesis that water confined inside a gradient polymer matrix can orient and thus generate a collective dipole field, which is significantly extending over many nanometers.