Nov 16, 2018 | World premiere: the first HYDRO_BOT ski jacket
The Swiss sportswear manufacturer KJUS presented the world's first ski jacket with an integrated electronic user-controlled membrane on November 15. Thanks to the HYDRO_BOT technology developed together with Empa, the...
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...
Nov 12, 2018 | Searching for traces in the atmosphere
35,000 tons of undeclared carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) are released into our atmosphere every year - although applications in which this substance is released into the environment have been officially banned by the...
Nov 12, 2018 | Nationaler Zukunftstag 2018
Am Nationalen Zukunftstag 2018 begeisterten sich rund 100 Kinder für die Forschung an der Empa. Durch die spannenden Workshops in Dübendorf und St. Gallen sollte auch das Interesse an MINT-Fächern bei den Schülerinnen...
Nov 7, 2018 | Sandwich structure of nanocrystals as quantum light source
Excited photo-emitters can cooperate and radiate simultaneously, a phenomenon called superfluorescence. Researchers from Empa and ETH Zurich, together with colleagues from IBM Research Zurich, have recently been able to...
Nov 5, 2018 | Swiss Aerosol Award 2018 for Maria Muñoz
This year's Swiss Aerosol Award goes to Maria Muñoz. The Empa researcher investigated the emission behavior of so-called GDI engines (gasoline-direct injection). Her results are alarming: GDI vehicles emit up to 17 times...
Oct 23, 2018 | Memory Steel
A new building material developed at Empa is about to be launched on the market: "memory-steel" can not only be used to reinforce new, but also existing concrete structures. When the material is heated (one-time),...
Nov 1, 2018 | Novel protective mask for medical personnel
Laughter is the best medicine, says medical research. But how are patients supposed to feel like smiling if the faces of the nursing staff and even their beloved ones are covered with masks? Researchers from Empa and...
Oct 29, 2018 | High-performance components made by electroplating
What happens when something keeps getting smaller and smaller? This is the type of question Empa researcher Johann Michler and his team are investigating. As a by-product of their research completely novel watch springs...
Oct 26, 2018 | 2nd Resources Forum Switzerland at Empa
On 25 October, the second edition of the Swiss Resource Forum took place at the Empa Academy in Dübendorf. The motto of this year's edition of the Forum was «Science, business and cities working together for greater...
Oct 25, 2018 | Processing titanium for pacemakers
Using laser technology Empa scientists optimized a technique to weld the electronics of implantable pacemakers and defibrillators into a titanium case. The medtech company Medtronic is now using the method worldwide to...
Sep 24, 2018 | Opening of the NEST “SolAce” unit
Anyone who spends most of their day indoors knows the importance of a comfortable atmosphere to work and live in. Researchers from EPFL’s Solar Energy and Building Physics Laboratory are searching for ways to maximize...
Oct 18, 2018 | 3D lung model
Graphene has been hailed as the material of the future. As yet, however, little is known about whether and how graphene affects our health if it gets into the body. A team of researchers from Empa and the Adolphe Merkle...
Oct 17, 2018 | The “Norman Foster Solar Award” goes to NEST
At the 28th Swiss Solar Awards Ceremony on 16 October 2018, the NEST unit "Solar Fitness & Wellness" received one of the three coveted "Norman Foster Solar Awards". The solar-powered fitness and wellness facility in the...
Oct 15, 2018 | Auszeichnung für Lehrlingsausbildung
Auszeichnung für die Empa: Das Forschungsinstitut ist nicht nur ein guter Ort für erstklassige Wissenschaft; die Empa ist auch einer der besten Lehrbetriebe der Schweiz. Dies wurde ihr kürzlich vom Beratungsunternehmen...
Oct 11, 2018 | Drug equipped polymer fibers
Drug-releasing textiles could, for instance, be used to treat skin wounds. Empa researchers are currently developing polymer fibers that can be equipped with drugs. The smart fibers recognize the need for therapy all by...
Oct 11, 2018 | Empa and BeAM
Empa and BeAM, a manufacturer of machines for metal 3D printing, are glad to announce an extensive research and development agreement. This partnership focuses on powder-based Directed Energy Deposition (DED) and aims at...
Oct 8, 2018 | Swiss-Swedish Innovation Initiative meeting at Empa
Empa underscores its leading role in the exchange of knowledge in the field of Additive Manufacturing (AM). On 25 September, around 150 researchers and industry representatives from Sweden and Switzerland met at the Empa...
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...
Oct 4, 2018 | The "concrete disease"
When bridges, dam walls and concrete foundations form cracks, AAR is often the culprit: the alkali-aggregate reaction. It causes the concrete to swell and renders renovations or even reconstructions necessary. A project...
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