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Bright Minds: Bold ideas. Smart materials.


Which ideas and visions do researchers bring to life - and how do they do it? At Empa - the place where innovation starts - more than 1,000 scientists, engineers and technicians contribute with their expertise every day to develop new paths to a sustainable, livable future. Meet the bright minds at Empa's laboratories in this video and livestream series and learn about their solutions that are crucial to tackling the many challenges of our times.

Livestream Mining the Atmosphere
25 April 13.30-14.00 PM

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Mining the Atmosphere:
From emissions to innovation

In the future, excess man-made CO2 is to be captured from the atmosphere and converted into valuable materials such as building materials or polymers. This is the goal of Empa’s new research initiative: Mining the Atmosphere. A special edition of “Bright Minds: Bold Ideas – Smart Materials”. is dedicated to this vision – from CO2 capturing to converting carbon into innovative materials.

Nathalie Casas, head of the Department Energy, Mobility and Environment, and Peter Richner, head of the Department Engineering Sciences shed light on the potential of this promising vision as well as on the hurdles and challenges.

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The challenges ahead, with Nathalie Casas

Meet Nathalie Casas, head of the Department Energy, Mobility and Environment, in this video and livestream series. Learn why she aims to go beyond net zero and envisions a society that is no longer emitting CO2 into the atmosphere but instead binds it and utilizes it as a valuable resource for innovative carbon-containing materials. Sounds promising but also highly challenging? Find out more!

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The path to solution, with Peter Richner

Meet Peter Richner, head of the Department of Engineering Sciences, in this video and livestream series. Learn how he envisions the path to a CO2-binding society and why he is convinced that in a near future, there will be enough renewable energy available to fuel this transition. A big financial expense? Find out how this will pay off and even create added value!

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