News 2013

Dec 18, 2013 | EmpaNews 43 published
Around half of the energy demand in Switzerland is generated by buildings and every year ten tons of construction materials per capita are being used up. If we want to import fewer fossil fuels and reduce raw material...
18 déc. 2013 | «Technology Briefing» à l’Empa
La recherche sur les matériaux au service du sport: comment les matériaux et les techniques de fabrication modernes peuvent servir dans le domaine du sport pour produire des articles de sport encore plus légers, plus...
Dec 10, 2013 | Ruzicka-Prize 2013 awarded to Maksym Kovalenko
The Ruzicka Prize 2013 has been awarded to Maksym Kovalenko, ETH Assistant Professor at ETH Zurich and Empa scientist. The Ukrainian has been very successful at investigating new nanomaterials for use in electronics,...
04.12.2013 | Heuberger Winterthur Jungunternehmerpreis 2013
133 Start-ups aus der Deutschschweiz mit vielfältigen Geschäftsideen haben sich für den Heuberger Winterthur Jungunternehmerpreis 2013 beworben. Monolitix, ein Spin-off der Empa, schaffte es ins Finale der besten Sechs...
Dec 4, 2013 | Empa invites business leaders to an exchange of ideas
The second event in the Empa Technology and Innovation Forum (ETIF) series offered the opportunity for a refreshing exchange of ideas among the leading figures in the Swiss mechanical and electrical engineering...
29.11.2013 | Nominiert für den Umweltpreis Schweiz 2014
Eine Fachjury hat aus 75 Eingaben in der Kategorie «Innovation» drei Projekte für den Umweltpreis der Schweiz 2014 nominiert, darunter das Empa-Projekt «Aerogel-Dämmputz». Überzeugt haben der hohe Grad an Innovation,...
Nov 26, 2013 | EmpaNews 42 published
Empa physicist René Rossi conducts research into the clothing of the future. What is it supposed to do? What is feasible? And how can 1.8 square meters of human skin be used to transfer data? One of the projects aiming...
Nov 22, 2013 | Swiss Technology Award for a project with Empa participation
On Wednesday a Project with participation of the Empa was honored with the SWISS TECHNOLOGY AWARD in the «Sustainable Leader» category. The jury was convinced by a new product from SANITIZED AG that inhibits the...
21.11.2013 | Standortdialog der Zürcher Regierung an der Empa
Der Regierungsrat hat am Mittwoch auf dem Empa-Campus in Dübendorf Wirtschaftsvertreterinnen und -vertreter zum Standortdialog 2013 empfangen. Der Regierungsrat wählte die Empa als idealen Standort für den Standortdialog...
18.11.2013 | Beitrag im «Wirtschaftsmagazin»
Spitzenforschung und zahlreiche bahnbrechende Entwicklungen haben die Schweiz bekannt gemacht. Als kleines, rohstoffarmes Land steht die Schweiz im globalen Wettbewerb, sie muss ihre Stärken nutzen und sich künftigen...
10.11.2013 | «ONE TWO WE»: Nachhaltigkeit auf dem Teller
Ab sofort ist die Empa offizieller Partner des Klimaschutzprogramms «ONE TWO WE». Das Programm wurde von der Gemeinschaftsgastronomie SV Group und der Umweltorganisation WWF ins Leben gerufen. Damit stärken schweizweit...
Nov 5, 2013 | "Recipe" for high-efficiency solar cells published in "Nature Materials"
Empa scientists have developed a new technique for manufacturing high-efficiency, flexible, thin film solar cells from CIGS (copper indium gallium di-selenide) semiconductors. This has enabled them to achieve an...
Nov 1, 2013 | «Technology Briefing« on surface analysis
Material analysis is a broad field which utilizes a wide range of different methods, and deciding which one is the most appropriate for a particular problem is often difficult, even for the experts. The one-day meeting...
Oct 28, 2013 | Empa’s Successful Business Incubator
The glatec development association has been successfully running a ‘Business Incubator’ at Empa in Dübendorf for five years. At present there are twelve young companies that have taken up tenancies at glatec, tackling...
Oct 24, 2013 | An idea becomes reality
The recent Empa spin-off Monolitix AG specialises in compliant mechanisms. These are frictionless and wear-free and are also lighter, more hygienic and cheaper than conventional joint mechanisms. They have an enormous...
Oct 21, 2013 | Empa participating in «ADMACOM», a major new EU project
On 1st October a large-scale EU project called «ADMACOM», in which Empa is taking on a significant role, kicked off. The aim is to find out how components (such as aircraft parts) which are manufactured using a...
11 oct. 2013 | Les « Journées de la technologie » 2013 consacrées à l’électricité
Lors de la manifestation centrale des « Journées de la technologie » de cette année chez Empa, tout a tourné autour des défis et des recherches de solutions pour l’approvisionnement électrique de demain. Les initiateurs,...
25 sept. 2013 | Essai pratique d'une balayeuse à combustible hydrogène à Berne
Mi-mars, après une longue pause hivernale, a eu lieu durant 3 mois à Berne l’essai pratique d’une balayeuse à combustion hydrogène. Le véhicule a entre-temps réussi le test : ses performances sont comparables à celles...
Sep 17, 2013 | Transparent, sound-absorbing curtains
The textile designer Annette Douglas has received another award for her transparent, sound-absorbing curtains, which have been developed in collaboration with Empa. She received the award, her fifth within a very short...
06.09.2013 | Innovation Day 2013 des Textilverbandes Schweiz
Am 29. August fand an der Empa in Dübendorf der diesjährige Innovation Day des TVS Textilverband Schweiz, Swiss Texnet, statt unter dem Motto «Textile Oberflächen – Funktion trifft auf Design». Einige Mitgliedsfirmen...
Aug 26, 2013 | Nontoxic scaffold developped
The concept is amazing: a synthetic cell carrier is populated by skin cells and dissolves simultaneously. In just two years, the Lucerne-based company nolax and Empa have developed this project up to a first proof of...
Aug 24, 2013 | Empa helps to expand the Stockholm Convention POP list
The flame retardant HBCD may no longer be produced or used. This was decided by representatives from over 160 countries in late May at a UN conference on chemicals in Geneva. Empa's extensive research on HBCD, formerly...
22 août 2013 | L’Empa en fête avec des hôtes de la politique et de l’économie
Des représentantes et représentants de haut rang de l’économie et de la politique ont fêté avec l’Empa le 19 août les 50 ans de son site de Dübendorf. Créer des innovations commercialisables à partir des résultats de la...
Aug 22, 2013 | EmpaNews 41 published
50 years ago the Empa campus was literally carved out of a green field in Dübendorf on the outskirts of Zurich. The exterior of the buildings has hardly changed. However, inside the walls it is a completely different...
Aug 22, 2013 | Two become one with the 3D NanoChemiscope
The 3D NanoChemiscope is a miracle of state-of-the-art analysis technology. As a further development of well-known microscopic and mass spectroscopic methods, it maps the physical and chemical surfaces of materials down...
Aug 13, 2013 | Empa scientists boost CdTe solar cell efficiency
Flexible thin film solar cells that can be produced by roll-to-roll manufacturing are a highly promising route to cheap solar electricity. Now scientists from Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science...
31.07.2013 | 20 Jahre Elternverein «IG Kinderpavillon»
Am 6. Juli feierten auf dem Gelände der Empa und Eawag in Dübendorf rund 150 Personen das 20-Jahr-Jubiläum des Elternvereins «IG Kinderpavillon» mit einem fröhlichen Sommerfest bei schönstem Wetter.
24.07.2013 | 10. Empa-Sommercamp
Bereits zum zehnten Mal fand an der Empa für die 7 bis 12 Jahre alten Sprösslinge der Mitarbeitenden das Sommercamp statt. Der Anlass, der an der Empa tätigen Eltern helfen soll, Beruf und Familie besser unter einen Hut...
Jul 22, 2013 | Development of safe alternatives
Flame retardants are often extremely harmful to health. Despite this, they are found in many types of synthetic materials which would otherwise ignite quickly. Empa researchers have now succeeded in producing non-harmful...
Jul 1, 2013 | Technology Briefing at Empa
Intelligent materials will make everyday life easier in future. National Research Programme (NRP) 62, led by former Empa Director Louis Schlapbach, is focusing on precisely these topics. At a Technology Briefing held at...
Jun 24, 2013 | A renaissance for historic brass instruments
On June 10th a rather unusual Science Apéro took place at the Empa Academy. Instead of focusing on cutting edge technology, as is usually the case, it dealt with culture and history. In the course of a CTI project, Empa...
Jun 17, 2013 | A «structured» water layer around cells
All our cells wear a coat of sugar molecules, so-called glycans. Researchers from ETH Zurich and Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, have now discovered that glycans rearrange water...
Jun 14, 2013 | Empa-spin-off takes off
The electricity from our sockets could soon come from a high-tech device flying in the sky. The innovative research project to generate wind energy with the aid of a kite won over the “Venture Kick” jury; it is providing...
Jun 12, 2013 | Medtech-Innovation through industrial cooperation
The consequences of high blood pressure are one of the most common causes of death worldwide. Despite this, according to the World Health Organization WHO, fewer than one in two of those affected measures their blood...
Jun 5, 2013 | World Materials Research Forum (WMRIF)
In mid-May, the “who’s who” of materials research met up at Empa for the “World Materials Research Institutes Forum”. The key theme, “Materials meet Life”, i.e. the question of how materials interact with our bodies,...
May 23, 2013 | The long road to the 2000-watt society
The vision of a society in which each inhabitant of the earth manages to consume only 2000 watts has already been around for 15 years. During this time, there has been a steady increase in environmental awareness in the...
May 14, 2013 | EmpaNews 40 published
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...
Apr 29, 2013 | Innovation award for textile to prevent bedsores
Empa, in conjunction with the company Schoeller Medical AG and the Swiss ParaplegicCentre, has won the Innovation Prize at the international Techtextil trade fair. The award went to the jointly developed sheet for...
29 avr. 2013 | L’Empa invite des cadres dirigeants pour un échange d’idées
Cette nouvelle série de manifestation de l’Empa a débuté avec succès: le 23 avril, plus de 70 cadres dirigeants de l’industrie suisse se sont réunis pour mener avec les dirigeants de l’Empa une discussion sur le thème de...
Apr 19, 2013 | Joining Technologies and Corrosion Lab
"Joining Technology and Corrosion" laboratory since February 2012. Among other things, his team deals with solder connections, corrosion, local electrochemistry and the design of functional alloys, surfaces and boundary...
09.04.2013 | «ICT for Sustainability»-Konferenz
Mitte Februar fand in Zürich die erste ICT4S-Konferenz («ICT for Sustainability») statt. BesucherInnen aus Forschung und Industrie diskutierten über das ungenutzte Potential der Informations- und Kommunikationstechnik...
05.04.2013 | Zusammenarbeit Empa und ETH Zürich
Lithium-Ionen-Batterien der nächsten Generation wecken grosse Erwartungen. Sie sollen unter anderem die Elektromobilität revolutionieren, indem sie Elektroautos zu einer deutlich grösseren Reichweite verhelfen. Ein neues...
Apr 2, 2013 | Novel gas catalysts
The introduction next year of the Euro 6 exhaust-gas standard means that catalytic converters will become more expensive, above all for diesel vehicles. Empa is working on a catalytic substrate made of ceramic foam...
Apr 2, 2013 | Industry cooperation in the field of Life Cycle Assessments
Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, will “spin-out” its service team in the field of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to Quantis, an international leading consultancy in LCA. The...
21 mars 2013 | Nouveau chef de département à St-Gall
Suite au prochain départ fin à la retraite à la fin août 2013 de Xaver Edelmann, la direction était à la recherche d’un ou d’une successeur. Elle la maintenant trouvé en la personne de Alex Dommann qui occupera à St-Gall...
20.03.2013 | Biologische Schranken überwinden
Wie bringt man Medikamente ins Gehirn? Welche Schadstoffe gelangen aus der Lunge ins Blut? Können Labormäuse durch zelluläre Modelle aus der Kulturschale ersetzt werden? Über diese Fragen diskutierten ForscherInnen und...
11.03.2013 | CO2-arme Treibstoffe der Zukunft
Am Donnerstag, den 28. Februar, trafen sich an der Empa WissenschaftlerInnen und Industriepartner, um die Zukunft unserer Mobilität aufzuzeigen. Am «Technology Briefing» zum Thema «CO2-arme Treibstoffe der Zukunft»...
Feb 22, 2013 | Study for the Swiss Hazardous Incident Ordinance
Nanotechnology is continually increasing in terms of research, economic and social significance. However, working with synthetic nanomaterials also conceals risks. Empa has produced a study for the Federal Office for the...
Feb 18, 2013 | Empa signs collaboration agreement with start-up
Flisom, a Swiss company developing technologies for manufacturing of flexible thin film CIGS solar modules (copper-indium-gallium-(di)selenide), has secured funding to further develop its technology and build a...
Feb 13, 2013 | Announcement of the Federal Council
On application of the ETH Board, the Federal Council has reappointed the Director of Empa, Gian-Luca Bona, for another four years. The second term of office will start on 1 September 2013.
Feb 13, 2013 | “Sustainable Recycling Industries” – a new approach for developing countries
Recovery of raw materials from waste as a business model for developing countries: Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, and the Swiss State Secretary for Economy Affairs (SECO) have...
31.01.2013 | «CTI Entrepreneurship»-Programm
Für JungunternehmerInnen und solche, die es werden wollen, finden ab Mitte März im Programm «CTI Entrepreneurship» fünftägige Kurse zu den Themen «Business Creation» und «Business Development» statt. Während...
20 janv. 2013 | Une étude de TA-SWISS sur l’électromobilité
Les voitures électriques sont porteuses d’espoir d’une mobilité moins nuisible pour l’environnement. En utilisant un mix de courant adéquat, elles sont indépendantes des supports énergétiques fossiles et aident ainsi à...
Jan 18, 2013 | Empa takes thin film solar cells to a new level
In a remarkable feat, scientists at Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, have developed thin film solar cells on flexible polymer foils with a new record efficiency of 20.4% for...
Jan 17, 2013 | First round of financing completed
The first product to hit the Swiss market from Empa and ETH Zurich spin-off compliant concept is surpassing all expectations. The successful market launch of the electronic healthcare assistant also impressed investors....
Jan 11, 2013 | 2013 "Watt d’Or" award
PostBus Switzerland Ltd, Empa and the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), who were jointly responsible for developing the fuel cell-powered post bus, won the prestigious 2013 "Watt d’Or" award in the category...