EmpaNews 40 published

Focus: Hard coatings, smart coatings

May 14, 2013 | RAINER KLOSE

Many chemical reactions and chemical processes take place on surfaces or within boundary layers. In order to understand this, the layers must be analyzed in as much detail as possible. We show, how Empa examines microstructures down to the atomic level, using self designed "super-microscopes" – and how these scientific results lead to the construction of new surfaces.

NEW: EmpaNews – for iPad and Android Tablets


Besides fundamental research Empa regularily tackles practical problems: How come, that an electrical threewheeler used for postal delivery suffers spontaneous self-combustion during the night? Empa scientists analyzed the problem and found a solution.
Also in the current issue:
- Shower now, ventilate later: a new moisture buffering plaster by Empa.
- Mercury in energy-saving lamps – a sword of damocles?

Enjoy reading!

Complete issue as PDF (4 MB)

New: EmpaNews for Android-Tablets
In December 2012 we launched EmpaNews for iPad. More than 500 readers installed our magazine in the newsstand of their iPad, watched our movie clips and studied our interactive graphics.
Now we extend our media reach: EmpaNews is available for Android Tablets* from now. You can find our app easily in the Play Store: just search for "empa".
Even more convenient is our own "app-site": www.empa.ch/app
*does not run on smartphones





EmpaNews for iPad and Android-Tablets

Preview of the app on your PC 
(movie clips do not work)


Complete issue as pdf (4 MB)