Jun 26, 2017 | Textiles made from synthetic fibers release microfibers
Even before the UN Ocean Conference in early June, we already knew about the disastrous ways in which plastic affects the world's oceans. Billions of pieces of plastic are floating in the oceans. Their effects are also...
Jun 26, 2017 | "Umsicht" Award embedded in NEST wall
NEST officially opened just over a year ago – and a great deal has happened since. At the partner event on 22 June 2017, the NEST network partners – which now number over 100 companies and research as well as public...
Jun 21, 2017 | New conductivity mechanism of ions discovered
Hydrogen is regarded as the energy source of the future: It is produced with solar power and can be used to generate heat and electricity in fuel cells. Empa researchers have now succeeded in decoding the movement of...
Jun 20, 2017 | Research platform “ehub”
How can we organize energy supply in the post-fossil era? How can energy be stored efficiently? And how can we organize distribution as economically and conveniently as possible? Empa’s research platform “ehub” is...
Jun 15, 2017 | Tours for the public
In March 2017, NEST received an award from the Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects (SIA) as part of "Umsicht – Regards – Sguardi 2017". From June 20 to July 6, 2017, the traveling exhibition will be in the NEST...
Jun 13, 2017 | Batteries that do not leak nor burn
Liquid lithium-ion rechargeable batteries are dangerous. They can leak or ignite rapidly if they become overheated. So-called solid-state lithium-ion batteries are a way of reducing these risks. However, these batteries...
Jun 6, 2017 | Tech Briefing in Thun
Lasers are perfect tools for metalwork. Not only can they cut, they are also able to smooth surfaces, weld with high precision or create complex metal components measuring no more than a millimeter. Over 100 guests from...
Jun 1, 2017 | 7th International EATA Conference in Switzerland
This year, Empa plays host to the biennial conference of the European Asphalt Technology Association (EATA). From 12 to 14 June, around 200 participants will congregate in Switzerland for the first time. The focus is on...
May 30, 2017 | Printed 3D structures based on cellulose nanocrystals
Empa researchers have succeeded in developing an environmentally friendly ink for 3D printing based on cellulose nanocrystals. This technology can be used to fabricate microstructures with outstanding mechanical...
May 23, 2017 | Particle alert for direct-injection gasoline cars
Are new gasoline cars environmentally friendly? Not always, says a new study led by Empa scientists: some direct-injection gasoline engines emit just as many soot particles as unfiltered diesel cars did in the past. And...
May 15, 2017 | Organic light-emitting diodes
Organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) will soon show our world in a new light: the days of small light sources are numbered; in future, entire walls, ceilings, façades and car exteriors will light up our lives. Empa is...
May 11, 2017 | SNSF scientific image competition
The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) has launched an image competition and searched for the best pictures and images of the (Swiss) science community. One of the distinguished contributions is from Empa!
May 5, 2017 | Construction robot "In situ Fabricator" ready to go
On May 2, at the ground-breaking ceremony for the NEST unit “dfab house”, the project team, consisting of the National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) “Digital Fabrication”, ETH Zurich and numerous partners from...
May 4, 2017 | The Zurich Heart research initiative
Ten million people in Europe alone suffer from cardiac insufficiency, or a weak heart. One day, many of them may require a heart transplant. Artificial heart pumps are frequently used to bridge the wait for the...
May 4, 2017 | SUBITEX – Sustainable Biomedicine Textiles
The textile and clothing industry has a long history in Switzerland. In order to remain competitive in the international market, the industry relies on innovations. The "SUBITEX – Sustainable Biomedicine Textiles"...
May 3, 2017 | Empa’s Annual Report is online
We hope to lead you on a gripping journey through the world of research and innovation; you may be surprised at how broad the term "applied research" is defined at Empa.
May 2, 2017 | Novel electrolytes for next-generation batteries
Empa scientists supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) have produced novel electrolytes for rechargeable sodium and magnesium batteries. The research group's objective was to develop alternatives to...
Apr 26, 2017 | Alarming NOx-emissions in RDE exhaust gas tests
As of October 2017, newly launched car models will have to pass more stringent exhaust gas tests in the EU and in Switzerland. The new test method includes measuring drives in actual traf-fic. Empa already tested...
Apr 19, 2017 | Skin model replaces experiments on humans
The characteristics of human skin are heavily dependent on the hydration of the tissue - in simple terms, the water content. This also changes its interaction with textiles. Up to now, it has only been possible to...
Apr 6, 2017 | Empa spin-off develops innovative fungal product
The St. Gallen-based Empa biotech spin-off, MycoSolutions AG, has developed a new fungal product that improves the soil and controls pest fungi in an environmentally friendly way. Wooden poles remain in use much longer,...
Apr 5, 2017 | Klimaschutzprogramm «ONE TWO WE»
Seit 2013 ist die Empa Partnerin des Klimaschutzprogramms «ONE TWO WE» der SV Group. Seither konnte das Personalrestaurant seinen Beitrag zum Umweltschutz deutlich steigern, wie der vor kurzem veröffentlichte...
Mar 30, 2017 | Empa spin-off accepted for ESA BIC
The ESA BIC Switzerland program is starting its second round with seven additional start-ups. Amongst others, the jury was won over by IRsweep, a spin-off from ETH Zurich and Empa. Using a spectrometer that utilises IR...
Mar 30, 2017 | New addition to the Electron Microscopy Center
At Empa's Electron Microscopy Center, a new transmission electron microscope has recently been used that offers completely new opportunities for the physical and chemical analysis of very small samples. It can be used,...
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...