Feb 22, 2018 | Geneva Motor Show
What could a "gas station of the future" look like? What services does it offer? Which fuels can be refueled there and where do they come from? Possible answers to these questions can be found at the stand of the of...
Apr 18, 2018 | ArtSci Exhibition at ETH Zurich
How can the magic of scientific discoveries in the lab be conveyed to a broad audience? The exhibition “ArtSci2018” at ETH Zurich from 22 April to 6 May will focus on the beauty and relevance of research results. Two...
Apr 17, 2018 | From high school graduate to Empa researcher
An e-bike fueled with hydrogen instead of electricity? No, this is not a utopia, but reality: industrial gas specialist Linde has developed a hydrogen pedelec equipped with a compact fuel cell instead of the usual...
Apr 12, 2018 | First european database for secondary raw materials
In January 2018 the first pan-European database for secondary raw materials, including many “critical” ones, went online. Ever since, we have known more about which raw material depots reside in cars, batteries and...
Apr 9, 2018 | 9th VERT Forum at Empa
It is exactly 20 years since experts from Empa and VERT published the first test results on diesel particle filters. Today, more than 100 million vehicles worldwide are fitted with such filters. However, a VERT...
Apr 11, 2018 | Wound-healing sensors
A novel bandage alerts the nursing staff as soon as a wound starts healing badly. Sensors incorporated into the base material glow with a different intensity if the wound’s pH level changes. This way even chronic wounds...
Jan 8, 2018 | Inexpensive and stable
Water could form the basis for future particularly inexpensive rechargeable batteries. Empa researchers have succeeded in doubling the electrochemical stability of water with a special saline solution. This takes us one...
Mar 22, 2018 | Digital prefabricated timber modules for "DFAB HOUSE"
Researchers from ETH Zurich are using a new method for digital timber construction in a real-world project for the first time. The load-bearing timber modules, which are prefabricated by robots, will be assembled in the...
Mar 26, 2018 | New book on fungal diseases of urban trees
Trees can get sick too. In urban areas, this usually means that the infested tree has to be felled for safety reasons. Empa researcher Francis Schwarze is familiar with wood and fungal pathogens and has developed methods...
Mar 2, 2018 | Information pavilion as a meeting place
The information pavilion at the Zurich Innovation Park will be opened tonight. After many years of preparatory work at the planning and political level, a first element of the park on the Dübendorf airfield site is now...
Mar 20, 2018 | ETH Zurich awards Katharina Maniura title of Professor
ETH Zurich awarded Katharina Maniura, Head of Empa's lab "Biointerfaces", the title of Professor on 8 March 2018. Maniura and her team at Empa's St. Gallen site are investigating natural interfaces between biological...
Feb 8, 2018 | Opening of NEST unit “Urban Mining & Recycling”
A residential module fully constructed from reusable, recyclable, and compostable materials: This is the premise for the newest unit in NEST, the modular research and innovation building run by Empa and Eawag in...
Mar 6, 2018 | Research building NEST continues to fill up
NEST is a happening place: As soon as the last unit “Urban Mining & Recycling” has been opened, construction of the next one is already underway. Since mid-February, the unit "SolAce" is being installed in the...
Mar 20, 2018 | "Solar Fitness & Wellness" with a chance of winning
On 8 June 2018, the "Award for Marketing + Architecture" will be presented for the sixth time. Among the nominated projects is the NEST unit "Solar Fitness & Wellness". The unit combines unconventional architecture with...
Feb 15, 2018 | Biotech violins
Do violins made of wood that had been treated with fungi sound the same as a fine, antique instrument? Acoustics experts at Empa are currently studying the body and soul of instruments made of “mycowood”. Precision...
Mar 6, 2018 | Stromengpässe im Winter
Mit kalten Fingern hat der Winter an Europas Uhren gedreht. Auch in der Schweiz zeigen Geräte, die ihre Zeitsignale vom Stromnetz erhalten, derzeit nicht die korrekte Zeit an. Etwa um sechs Minuten gehen Backofenuhr und...
Jan 29, 2018 | Electro-osmotic textiles for athletes
To keep the body warm and dry during winter sports, high-performance clothing is a must. The demands on these textiles are high, as a person sweats up to one liter per hour on his upper body alone when skiing. A new...
Feb 1, 2018 | Innovative ice screws
On the mountain, ice screws must be able to reliably hold the weight of a climber – even in free fall if need be. Investigations at Empa will show whether or not a newly developed screw will not slip out of the ice even...
Jan 4, 2018 | Measurement of noble gases in Antarctic ice cores
The average sea temperature is an essential parameter of the global climate – but it is very difficult to measure. At least until now, because an international team of researchers including Empa scientists have now...