Mar 23, 2017 | Award-winning NEST
On 22 March 2017 the Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects (SIA) awarded NEST a prize as part of its "Umsicht – Regards – Sguardi 2017" awards. The modular research and innovation building created by Empa and Eawag...
Mar 22, 2017 | "Camouflage" sensor monitors fruit cargo
On the long journey from the fruit plantation to the retailer's shelf, fruits can quickly perish. In particular, the refrigeration inside the cargo containers is not always guaranteed and existing methods for measuring...
Mar 21, 2017 | In recognition of excellence
At the beginning of March the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) awarded Empa scientist Veronika Meyer, who retired in April 2015, the title of «Distinguished Woman in Chemistry».
Mar 20, 2017 | New NEST unit under construction
The building work on the new Solar Fitness & Wellness unit is making steady progress. From August onwards, users will be able to enthusiastically indulge their sporting passions and then afterwards no less...
Mar 14, 2017 | Distinguished Senior Researcher
On 1st February 2017 a fourth Empa scientist was awarded the title of Distinguished Senior Researcher. Bernd Nowack, an environmental scientist in the institution’s Technology and Society lab, is now entitled to use this...
Mar 9, 2017 | New production process for highly flexible optical fibers
Empa researchers have succeeded in producing optic fibers for sensors that are ideal for textiles. This would enable hospitals to monitor whether a patient is developing pressure sores, for instance.
Mar 2, 2017 | Predicted 100 years ago – now observed
Researchers from the Max Born Institute in Berlin, Empa and the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have, for the first time, been able to observe minute, ultrafast atomic oscillations in a crystal...
Feb 27, 2017 | Second tenant moved in
Two students are now living in the NEST unit Vision Wood. Communications intern Ramona Ronner visited Patryk Spera and David Norris in their very unusual flat, and talked to them about their life in a research...
Feb 22, 2017 | On to a third term!
Upon application of the ETH Board, on 22 February 2017 the Federal Council reappointed Empa CEO Gian-Luca Bona for another four year-period. His third term of office will start on 1 September 2017.
Feb 22, 2017 | Putting the spotlight on Swiss clean technologies
Six years after it first appeared, the second edition of the Swiss Cleantech Report was unveiled today at a press conference in Zurich. It highlights Switzerland’s USPs in the field of cleantech, and presents a wide...
Feb 14, 2017 | Empa-PSU team studies mobility of single molecule
A scanning tunneling microscope (STM), used to study changes in the shape of a single molecule at the atomic scale, impacts the ability of that molecule to make these changes; the entropy of the molecule is changed and,...
Feb 13, 2017 | EU approves Empa’s «COFUND» application
On February 2nd the EU approved Empa’s «COFUND» application for financial support to the tune of more than €3.5 million, thereby securing partial funding for 50 post-doc positions at Empa over the next five years within...
Jan 26, 2017 | Empa launches information platform
Empa offers Switzerland a platform to exchange information and knowhow in the field of Additive Manufacturing: During a technology briefing held at Empa Academy on January 18, experts from industry and research learned...
Jan 20, 2017 | Kompetenzzentrum für neuartige metallische Werkstoffe und Prozesse
Die Empa plant in Thun ein Kompetenzzentrum für neuartige metallische Werkstoffe und Prozesse. Der Regierungsrat beantragt dem Grossen Rat des Kantons Bern eine Aufbauhilfe von 10 Mio. Franken, während die Stadt Thun das...
Jan 19, 2017 | Barbara Lothenbach becomes «Distinguished Senior Researcher»
Bridges, houses, dams – for decades, cement has been a permanent feature of our urban environment. What is deemed a robust and lasting material, however, is actually fragile and highly complex on the inside. Barbara...
Jan 12, 2017 | Empa partner in EU project "ELENA"
Nanotechnology is regarded as the key technology of the 21st century, delivering the fundamental methods, which allow objects just a few hundred nanometers in size to be produced in any required shape. These objects find...
Jan 10, 2017 | Seasonal energy storage
Can thermal solar energy be stored until wintertime? Yes, this is possible, using a cheap material like sodium lye. Within a European research consortium Empa scientists and their colleagues have spent four years...
Oct 20, 2014 | Portrait Bernd Nowack
Bernd Nowack was recently admitted by Thomson Reuters, a provider of scientific online data-bases, to the circle of the world’s most influential scientists in the field of environmental scienc-es. The Empa researcher...