Jul 23, 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...
Jul 22, 2019 | Swiss students dominate this year's Hyperloop Pod Competition in LA
At yesterday’s Hyperloop Pod Competition in Los Angeles, the Swissloop pod achieved a top speed of 252 km/h. The team, comprising students from Empa, ETH Zurich and other Swiss universities, finished in second place. And...
Jul 17, 2019 | University of Constance appoints Lorenz Hilty as University Councillor
Empa researcher Lorenz Hilty is a new member of the University Council of the University of Constance. He was elected by the University Senate and appointed by the Ministry of Science of the German state of...
Jul 16, 2019 | Fighting unwanted biofilms
Biofilms are enormously resistant accumulations of germs, which can cause serious problems, especially in hospitals. Like a single large creature, they can spread within wounds or colonize implants or biomedical...
Jul 4, 2019 | Role of "Power-to-X" for the Swiss energy strategy
In a joint research project involving five Swiss Competence Centers for Energy Research (SCCERs), scientists from the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), Empa, ETH Zurich, the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), the...
Jul 8, 2019 | How do we sustainably restructure our energy system?
A new Empa study shows how much work still lies ahead of us if Switzerland is to do without fossil fuels in the future. There are two possible solutions: storing large amounts of energy in summer and limiting our demand...
Jul 12, 2019 | Empa study on plastic pollution in Switzerland
Plastic should not be found in the environment. In order to estimate for the first time the exact extent of plastic pollution in Switzerland, the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) has mandated Empa researchers to...
Jul 8, 2019 | Flexible, biocompatible nanocellulose sensors
Physiological parameters in our blood can be determined without painful punctures. Empa researchers are currently working with a Canadian team to develop flexible, biocompatible nanocellulose sensors that can be attached...
Jul 8, 2019 | Old electric car batteries
The number of registrations of electric cars is rising sharply. But where to put old batteries? The association of Swiss car importers, "auto-schweiz", is striving for a recycling solution for the entire industry. Empa...
Jul 8, 2019 | Prevent excessive scarring
Poorly healing wounds and severe scarring are more than just a cosmetic problem; they can significantly impair a person's mobility and health. Empa researchers have now developed a foam that is supposed to prevent...
Jul 8, 2019 | TwingTec
To harvest wind energy, you don't necessarily need rotors on steel masts – light kites on thin ropes can do the same. The Empa spin-off TwingTec has been researching this technology for some time now. Last autumn, it was...
Jul 8, 2019 | Decision-making made easy
A herniated disc is painful – and the most frequent cause of spinal surgery. But is the selected treatment always the right one? New research results show that the clinical criteria – the comparison of two static images...
Jul 8, 2019 | Better understanding human bones
Can analytical methods from materials science help us better understand human bones? A research team at Empa in Thun is pursuing precisely this approach.
Jul 4, 2019 | CIGS solar cells with improved efficiency
Never before has such an efficient flexible CIGS solar cell been built. Empa researchers achieve an efficiency of 20.8% – breaking their own record.
Jul 8, 2019 | Zurich Heart project
The human heart still poses great challenges to modern medicine. More than ten million people in Europe suffer from heart failure, and quite a few of them need a donor organ. Artificial heart pumps are used to bridge the...
Jul 5, 2019 | "Energy and Decarbonization" conference at Empa
Switzerland is about to undergo a comprehensive transformation of its energy system if it plans to drastically curb its CO2 emissions. The one-day conference on "Energy and Decarbonization" on 3 July at the Empa Academy...
Jul 2, 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...
May 29, 2019 | First structure made of self-curving wood
Since last week there is a unique wooden building in the Remstal near Stuttgart: a tower made of self-formed spruce boards. The method, which has been developed at Empa and ETH Zurich, uses the natural swelling and...
Jul 1, 2019 | ArtSci exhibition at ETH Zurich
The beauty of scientific results sometimes only reveals itself to a circle of experts. For the "ArtSci 2019" exhibition at ETH Zurich, however, researchers made the magic of the natural sciences comprehensible to a wider...
Jun 26, 2019 | How to make hydrogen filling stations safer
Hydrogen mobility in Switzerland is picking up speed. The mobility demonstrator "move", which Empa opened in Dübendorf about three years ago with the support of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) and various...
Jun 25, 2019 | "Coeur de public" award for Empa researchers
In the first two years, the BRIDGE funding programme financed 81 projects at the interface of basic research and science-based innovation. These include the project of Empa researchers Andrea Werhli and Michael Gasser....
Jun 25, 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...
Jun 25, 2019 | Honor for Empa / ETH researcher
Maksym Kovalenko, researcher at Empa and ETH Zurich is being recognised for his work on bright nanoparticles with this year’s Rössler Prize, which carries an endowment of 200,000 Swiss francs in research funding.
Jun 4, 2019 | Recycling carbon dioxide from the ocean
Huge floating solar islands on the ocean that produce enough energy to enable CO2-neutral global freight traffic – what sounds like science fiction researchers from ETH Zurich, the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), Empa,...
Jun 7, 2019 | Two Empa projects nominated
For 13 years, the "bilding" foundation has been committed to promoting the next generation of engineers in the construction industry, which also includes the Building Award for remarkable and innovative engineering...
Jun 13, 2019 | SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition
In July, Swissloop, an association of students from ETH Zurich and other Swiss universities, will once again be competing against teams from all over the world at the Hyperloop Pod Competition in Los Angeles. At Empa,...
Jun 20, 2019 | New combustion process
At the end of May, the final meeting of the "Horizon 2020" project "GasOn" with the EU Commission took place in Brussels. The aim of this EU project was the further development of gas engines for cars and vans. Around 20...
Jun 18, 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...
Jan 22, 2019 | Insulation for timber houses
Scientists at Empa teamed up with isofloc AG to develop an insulating material made of recycled paper. It is ideal for prefabricated wooden elements and even multistory timber houses, and protects the construction...
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 23, 2019 | «Nature» article on atmospheric pollution
Since 2013, annual emissions of the banned chlorofluorocarbon CFC-11 have increased by around 7,000 metric tons from eastern China, according to a new study by an international team of scientists including Empa...
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...
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 27, 2019 | Insights into our interconnected energy future
Our energy system is changing: The permanent availability of energy in the right place at the right time is becoming more demanding. At the same time, digitalization offers us new tools for better controlling energy...
May 28, 2019 | X-ray detectors
Empa and G-ray team up to develop a world's first in metal 3D printing. G-ray, a Neuchatel-based start up, will provide real-time quality control during the manufacturing process.
May 21, 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 | 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 –...
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 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 | 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.
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...
Mar 20, 2019 | Empa technology in space
Another European Space Agency (ESA) satellite was launched last October: BepiColombo who is heading for Mercury – with Empa technology on board. Empa coated and soldered individual components meticulously for...
Mar 12, 2019 | Empa at the Geneva Motor Show
What could the "gas station of the future" look like? What services does it offer? Which fuels can be filled up there and where do they come from? The Swiss Oil Industry Association (Erdöl-Vereinigung) is providing...
Mar 8, 2019 | Inge Herrmann appointed by ETH Zurich
ETH Zurich has appointed Inge Katrin Herrmann as Assistant Professor for Nanoparticle Systems Engineering. The researcher heads the group "Particles 4D" in Empa's Particles-Biology Interactions lab.
Feb 22, 2019 | Strategic partnership between Empa and Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
As part of a strategic international cooperation program of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Empa in Dübendorf (CH) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC in Würzburg (D) launched a three-year joint research...
Feb 20, 2019 | Grant for researchers of Empa and University of Bern
Portable sensors that prevent injuries to skin and tissue should allow a patient to lie for an extended period of time: With this project, researchers from Empa and the University of Bern were successful in the current...
Jan 29, 2019 | New center for AM in medical technology
3D printing is finding its way into industrial manufacturing. This technology and the increasing digitalization of design and manufacturing processes – keyword "Industry 4.0" – will also play a central role in medical...
Feb 14, 2019 | Non-toxic flame retardants
Together with BRUAG Fire Protection AG, Empa specialists have developed a new flame retardant for wood and wood-based materials. The colourless additive, which can be easily mixed with coatings and cellulose materials,...
Feb 12, 2019 | Head of laboratory "Urban Energy Systems"
Interdisciplinary, interconnected and oriented towards a sustainable future: These words describe Kristina Orehounig just as aptly as they describe the Empa laboratory “Urban Energy Systems”, which she is heading since...
Feb 1, 2019 | Preparatory project for a large-scale European research initiative launched
A sustainable alternative to the fossil-based, energy-intensive production of fuels and basic products of the chemical industry, based solely on solar energy and universally available resources: This is the ambitious...
Feb 4, 2019 | Swiss technology transfer center association founded
Innovations are the driving force behind the Swiss economy. But how does an idea become an innovation, a real market success? Too many ideas from research laboratories fall by the wayside on their path to industrial...
Feb 6, 2019 | Excellent research at 3450 meters above sea level
At the beginning of the 1930s, when European countries were sealing themselves off, Switzerland opened the internationally oriented Jungfraujoch research station. In 2019, the station receives two awards as an important...
Feb 7, 2019 | Effects on people and the environment under the microscope
Graphene is considered one of the most interesting and versatile materials of our time. The application possibilities inspire both research and industry. But are products containing graphene also safe for humans and the...
Jan 8, 2019 | What happens to our ressources?
This year, beautifully wrapped laptops, mobile phones or even new TV sets lay under numerous Christmas trees. They are enthusiastically put into use – and the old electronic devices are disposed of. The e-waste contains...
Jan 28, 2019 | Empa at the WEF
Guests from business, politics and science met with researchers from the ETH Domain on the occasion of the World Economic Forum in Davos under the motto "Innovations made in Switzerland for Switzerland".
Jan 10, 2019 | NEST earns energy award
On 10 January 2019, the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) awarded the renowned Swiss "Watt d'Or" energy prize for the twelfth time. Among the five winners is the NEST research and innovation building by Empa and...
Jan 15, 2019 | Nanocellulose for novel implants
Cellulose obtained from wood has amazing material properties. Empa researchers are now equipping the biodegradable material with additional functionalities to produce implants for cartilage diseases using 3D printing.
Jan 18, 2019 | Chemistry at very small scales
Molecules are usually formed in reaction vessels or laboratory flasks. An Empa research team has now succeeded in producing molecules between two microscopically small, movable gold tips – in a sense as a "hand-knitted"...
Jan 23, 2019 | Empa spin-off in the ESA BIC program
For the third time now, a spin-off of Empa has been chosen to join the Business Incubator of the European Space Agency ESA. The young company "MIRO Analytical Technologies" by Morten Hundt and Oleg Aseev develops...
Jan 24, 2019 | ETH Medal for Empa Doctoral Student
Every year, ETH Zurich awards medals to outstanding master's and doctoral theses. Fan Fu recently received one of these coveted awards for his doctoral thesis on transparent Perovskit solar cells, which he completed at...
Jan 25, 2019 | "Impact Award" for Empa Project
The University of Geneva presents the first "Impact Award" to a project by researchers from Empa and the University of Geneva, among others. They were honored for a newly developed method of integrating a closo-borate...