May 16, 2019 | Study in “Nature Communications Biology”
In a unique experimental setup, Swiss researchers have investigated the effect of exhaust particles from aircraft turbine engines on human lung cells. The cells reacted most strongly to particles emitted during ground...
May 13, 2019 | The risks to the environment are (still) low
Sea birds dying in agony with a belly full of plastic garbage; plastic accumulations as big as islands: Virtually everyone has seen pictures like these today. But there are also plastic particles that are barely visible...
May 2, 2019 | Unique insights into concrete
Even if concrete is not flammable, it can be hazardous in tunnel fires: high-performance concrete can explode at high temperatures. Although the phenomenon is well known, the physics behind it have not yet been fully...
May 9, 2019 | "Re-FREAM" combines art and science
In the planned project "Re-FREAM" designers develop new and innovative fashion concepts in cooperation with researchers from all over Europe and completely rethink processes, traditions, production methods as well as...
Apr 15, 2019 | Opening of the NEST unit DFAB HOUSE
DFAB HOUSE has officially opened on the NEST building of Empa and Eawag in Dübendorf. It is the world's first inhabited "house" that was not only digitally planned, but also – with the help of robots and 3D printers –...
Apr 15, 2019 | Portrait Gustav Nyström
The new head of Empa's Cellulose & Wood Materials lab, Gustav Nyström, has taken everyone by surprise by setting unconventional goals. However, paper batteries and nanocellulose sensors have one main objective: to help...
Apr 15, 2019 | Advantage for cousumer and supplier
Solar systems on the roofs of residential buildings often produce energy precisely when the residents can’t actually use it. Stationary batteries enable this energy to be utilized in the evening, at night or on a rainy...
Apr 15, 2019 | Digital twin for personalized therapies
Virtual doppelgangers could one day revolutionize medicine: Empa researchers are developing a digital twin, which should facilitate the development of personalized therapies. The goal is for these avatars to demonstrate...
Apr 15, 2019 | Predict the properties of composite materials
Can the properties of composite materials be predicted? Empa scientists have mastered this feat and thus can help achieve research objectives faster. This leads, for instance, to better recycling techniques and...
Apr 15, 2019 | Sustainable heating and cooling technology
Can you cool with waste heat? Sure. A Swiss research project involving Empa, which ended in November, demonstrated this in an impressive way. Now a large-scale EU project is starting: industrial cooling – thanks to the...
Apr 15, 2019 | Interview
Empa CEO Gian-Luca Bona on the opportunities and risks of digitalization – and the question as to how a materials research institute needs to gear itself up for this future.
May 6, 2019 | Space suit prototype
In cooperation with Empa, the Austrian Space Forum (ÖFW) is developing the "Serenity" space suit - a prototype for a Mars suit. The two partners have now signed a cooperation agreement to work even more closely together...
Apr 17, 2019 | Annual Report 2018 is online
In such a highly competitive environment as scientific research, it is a good idea to ask yourself on a regular basis just how well you fare by international comparison. With this in mind, Empa conducted a peer review...
Apr 11, 2019 | New lab head for "Acoustics / Noise Control"
Jean-Marc Wunderli will be in charge of the "Acoustics/ Noise Control" lab at Empa in Dübendorf. He succeeds Kurt Eggenschwiler.
Apr 2, 2019 | Spalted wood
Fungi that decompose tree trunks can conjure up real works of art in wood. In nature, however, the decay-causing fungi not only decorate the tree, but also destroy it. Empa researchers are now teaching the fungi how to...
Mar 5, 2019 | Simulation of railway noise
Railway noise is annoying. Trains cause numerous sleepless nights, especially in the vicinity of residential areas. This makes it all the more important to optimize trains and tracks in such a way as to dampen sounds....
Mar 12, 2019 | Empa at the Geneva Motor Show
Empa is presenting sustainable fuels of the future at the Petroleum Association's stand in Hall 6 of the Geneva Motor Show. Not only electric cars or hydrogen vehicles can be fuelled with low CO2 emissions, but even a...
Feb 27, 2019 | Opening of the NEST unit DFAB HOUSE
DFAB HOUSE has officially opened today on the NEST building of Empa and Eawag in Dübendorf. It is the world's first inhabited "house" that was not only digitally planned, but also – with the help of robots and 3D...
Mar 28, 2019 | Quantum cascade laser measures ethanol
Quantum cascade lasers are able to measure the smallest molecules with high precision. But the technology has failed to measure larger gas molecules - until now! Empa researchers have succeeded in quantifying ethanol, an...
Mar 26, 2019 | 10th VERT Forum at the Empa Academy
Diesel vans are dirtier in winter than many know: Where there are still gaps in emissions legislation, soot particles and nitrogen oxides (NOx) continue to be produced. This and more was discussed by 130 international...