Jun 3, 2020 | Alternative cement recipes
Cement production has to drastically reduce its environmental footprint. Empa researchers are, therefore working on alternative cement recipes that cause significantly fewer emissions or can even bind the greenhouse gas...
Jun 2, 2020 | Quantum entanglement in graphene nanostructures
Graphene triangles with an edge length of only a few atoms behave like peculiar quantum magnets. When two of these nano-triangles are joined, a "quantum entanglement" of their magnetic moments takes place: the structure...
May 29, 2020 | What comes after the lithium-ion battery?
The demand for batteries to store renewable energy will grow drastically in the coming years. Could we develop more sustainable technologies to save precious natural resources, besides the familiar lithium-ion batteries?
May 29, 2020 | Against Food-Waste
If different types of vegetables and fruits are stored together, they influence each other in the ripening process. This is due to ethylene, which is emitted by some plant-based foodstuff and accelerates ripening. To...
May 29, 2020 | Empa spin-off TwingTec part of the Solar Impulse Foundation
The Solar Impulse Foundation is looking for 1000 solutions that will boost the economy - and protect the environment at the same time. The Empa spin-off TwingTec has made it onto the list: it is now part of Bertrand...
May 29, 2020 | Next generation lithium-ion battery
Over the next four years, five research institutes and six industrial companies from seven European countries will work together to find solutions for the next generation of lithium-ion batteries. Also on board as a...
Feb 27, 2020 | Preheating of catalytic converters
With hybrid cars and plug-in hybrids, cold starts occur more frequently when the internal combustion engine stops and the electric motor pushes the car through town. How quickly can the catalytic converter be preheated...
May 5, 2020 | «One Two We»: Eating sustainably at Empa
«One Two We» is a sustainability program launched by the SV Group and WWF Switzerland. The goal is to reduce CO2 emissions of staff restaurants through sustainable food. Empa is a program partner since 2013 – and can,...
May 11, 2020 | Empa lab for Multiscale Studies in Building Physics under new leadership
On 1 February 2020, Ivan Lunati took over as head of Empa's Multiscale Studies in Building Physics lab. Lunati has already conducted research at various research centers and universities all over the world. He now brings...
Mar 11, 2020 | Wood-based catalyst to keep fruit fresh
If different types of vegetables and fruits are stored together, they influence each other's ripening process. This is due to ethylene, which is emitted by some plant-based foodstuff and accelerates ripening. To prevent...
Feb 13, 2020 | Scented fibers
To provide laundry with fragrances without the effect disappearing after the first laundering is quite a challenge. Empa researchers have now developed fibers that release the scent of roses or cloves – permanently....
May 28, 2020 | New air intake for the Jungfraujoch research station
At 3500 meters above sea level, research is sometimes quite adventurous. In order to be able to supply Empa's air analysis station on the Jungfraujoch with "clean" samples, a team of researchers and professional climbers...
Jan 9, 2020 | Materials and music
Don't ever let a violin go without varnish, researchers advise, on the basis of a new study published in the journal "Scientific Reports". The scientists used neutron imaging to investigate what effects different...
May 26, 2020 | Synthetic fuels
Lidl Switzerland intends to serve its branches without the use of fossil fuels, relying among other things on renewable synthetic gas as an energy carrier. In addition to biogas, which is produced from organic waste,...
May 20, 2020 | Attention: Fraudsters!
No sooner had Empa recently developed technologies and quality standards for textile "community masks" together with the Swiss textile industry and other partners within the framework of the national COVID 19 Science...
May 14, 2020 | Personal protection in times of corona
Empa researchers have worked with the Swiss textile industry to develop technologies and quality standards for textile masks. Hence so-called community masks can now be produced in Switzerland.
May 19, 2020 | Nitrogen oxide emissions
Using exhaust gas measurements taken from the roadside, a team from the University of York and Empa was able to prove the Dieselgate scandal has led to positive results. The forced retrofitting of thousands of VW diesel...
May 18, 2020 | ETH Zurich appoints Empa researchers
ETH Zurich has awarded René Rossi the title of professor. The Empa researcher has been working at Empa since 1992, heads the "Biomimetic Membranes and Textiles" lab in St. Gallen and is deputy head of the Materials meet...
Apr 30, 2020 | A long way to a breakthrough
Another milestone for an extremely versatile material with Swiss roots: On May 3, a 127-meter-long railway bridge will be pushed over the A8 motorway near Stuttgart, its 72 suspension cables consisting entirely of carbon...
Apr 23, 2020 | ReMask: Protective masks for Switzerland
During the Corona crisis, protective masks have become a rare commodity. In order to equip Switzerland with sufficient protective equipment during future pandemics, Empa researchers are working together with a national...
Apr 30, 2020 | Scientific consulting by Empa
K3 Immobilien AG and werke versorgung wallisellen ag (die werke) have put Europe's highest-yielding solar facade into operation in the new commercial building "K3 Handwerkcity". The industrial park's groundbreaking...
Apr 21, 2020 | Detection in the environment
A team of researchers from Empa, ETH Zurich and Zurich University Hospital has succeeded in developing a novel sensor for detecting the new coronavirus. In future it could be used to measure the concentration of the...
Apr 15, 2020 | Opportunities and risks of Artificial Intelligence
Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming more powerful and is used for increasingly complex tasks. This raises ethical questions, for instance, when AI is used to make decisions for or judge people. A team of Empa...
Mar 31, 2020 | Bertrand Picard's 1000 solutions
Empa spinoff TwingTec is now part of Bertrand Picard's #1000solutions of the Solar Impulse Foundation.
Apr 1, 2020 | Partnership between NEST and the Innovation Park Central Switzerland
The Innovation Park Central Switzerland, dedicated to the topic of "Building Excellence", and NEST, the research and innovation building of Empa and Eawag, are launching a new partnership. Together, innovative solutions...
Apr 7, 2020 | Canton of Zurich supports Empa project
There is one major challenge in converting our energy system to purely renewable energy sources: winter – or rather the supply gap at this time. The conversion of surplus summer electricity into synthetic gas offers a...
Apr 9, 2020 | Empa researchers monitor air quality
The world stands still. People work at home, cars stay in garages, planes on the ground. Determining the amount of pollutants in our atmosphere is extremely exciting, especially in these times. Empa researchers are...
Mar 5, 2020 | Heat islands in the city
A particularly warm winter is coming to an end – in summer the next heat wave is looming. Is it possible to create cool zones in cities to tackle the more pronounced heat island effects due to climate change? Empa...
Feb 18, 2020 | Sticky proteins from sea mussels
If the heart muscle is damaged, repairing the constantly active organ is a challenge. Empa researchers are developing a novel tissue adhesive inspired by nature, which is able to repair lesions in muscle tissue. They...
Feb 25, 2020 | Satellites for monitoring CO2 emissions
CO2 concentrations in the air continue to rise rapidly, and a rapid reduction in man-made emissions is becoming increasingly important. In order to assess the effectiveness of political measures, timely and reliable...
Feb 20, 2020 | New Empa laboratory
As of March 2020, the new "Concrete and Asphalt" lab will strengthen Empa's research in the field of building materials. Innovative technologies and materials for sustainable production and use are particularly in demand...
Feb 10, 2020 | Next-generation lithium-ion batteries
On Monday, February 10, 2020, the European battery research project SeNSE was officially launched. Over the next four years, five research institutes and six industrial companies from seven European countries will work...
Feb 4, 2020 | Unexpected hydrogen density in metal hydrides
A team of researchers from Switzerland, the US and Poland have found evidence of a uniquely high density of hydrogen atoms in a metal hydride. The smaller spacings between the atoms might enable packing significantly...
Jan 7, 2020 | Nanosafety
Nanomedicine is making headways. However, the tiny nanoparticles that are being used as carriers for drugs could find their way into water, soil and air. Empa researchers are investigating potential risks.
Jan 30, 2020 | Self-learning heat­ing control system
Can buildings learn to save all by themselves? Empa researchers think so. In their experiments, they fed a new self-learning heat­ing control system with temperature data from the previous year and the current weather...
Feb 6, 2020 | New production process for perovskite cells
The semiconductor perovskite is seen as a new hope to bring the production price of solar cells down below that of silicon used so far. Empa is developing new manufacturing processes to make perovskite solar cells not...
Jan 27, 2020 | ETH Domain: Innovative and successful neo-entrepreneurs
At the World Economic Forum (WEF) the six institutions of the ETH Domain presented successful young companies whose business activities are based on research. The most prominent guest at the event that was hosted by the...
Jan 23, 2020 | Preeclampsia
Preeclampsia is a particularly dreaded pregnancy complication that threatens the lives of mother and child. A correct diagnosis, however, is currently time-consuming and, in many cases, inaccurate. The Empa spin-off...
Jan 20, 2020 | Renovation
Heating, hot water and private electricity consumption consume large amounts of energy and cause high CO2 emissions. Energy-efficient renovations of buildings can reduce this consumption – but how is the money best used...
Jan 14, 2020 | Mirko Kovac
Mirko Kovac is heading the new Materials and Technology Center of Robotics of Empa and Imperial College London. Together with his team, he develops drones and flying robots, which are supposed to help autonomously with...
Jan 8, 2020 | On the way to synthetic fuels
Researchers at the joint EPFL-Empa lab in Sion have developed a reactor system and an analysis method that has allowed them to observe the real-time production of synthetic natural gas from CO2 and H2 for the first time.
Jan 6, 2020 | Cause of emissions
Streaming consumes enormous amounts of energy and is at least as damaging to the climate as all civil aviation – according to a French study. It is generally underestimated what electronic devices – apart from...