News 2020

Oct 8, 2020 | Podcast from the NEST (in German)
In the NEST Podcast, Peter Richner, Deputy Director of Empa, meets interesting guests from politics, engineering sciences and architecture to discuss innovations in the building industry and its future. The guest of the...
Oct 5, 2020 | The new Hyperloop Pod "Simona de Silvestro"
From 2017 to 2019, Tesla founder Elon Musk organized the annual Hyperloop competition, in which Swissloop with students from ETH Zurich had participated every year thus far. After it was clear that this year's...
Sep 29, 2020 | Auszeichnung für Lehrlingsausbildung
Der Name Empa steht nicht nur für zukunftsorientierte Forschung, sondern auch für eine ausgezeichnete Berufsbildung. Die Auszubildenden haben dies dem Beratungsunternehmen "Great Place To Work" in einer Umfrage...
Sep 23, 2020 | New NABEL station in Dübendorf
Air quality in Switzerland has improved but is still not good enough. To continue the monitoring of air pollutants which has taken place for many years in Dübendorf, canton Zurich, federal government has opened a new...
Sep 21, 2020 | Solid-State Batteries
Empa researchers have achieved a milestone in the search for a solid electrolyte, the conductive medium for future solid-state batteries. On the one hand, this material must be highly conductive for lithium ions, and on...
Sep 10, 2020 | Circuits on all kinds of material
A new revolution in the production of electronic circuits is on the way: Empa researchers are working on electronics that come out of printers. This makes it possible to produce the circuits on all sorts of substrates,...
Sep 9, 2020 | Initiative for battery research
The European research initiative BATTERY 2030+ is now getting going. The ambition is to make Europe the world leader in the development and production of the batteries of the future. These batteries need to store more...
Sep 8, 2020 | Research in times of COVID-19
Efforts are being made worldwide to combat the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Vaccines and protective masks are of prime importance. Empa researcher Peter Wick, Head of the Particles-Biology Interactions Laboratory in St....
Sep 7, 2020 | Nachhaltige Elektromobilität
Der Schweizer Elektrofahrzeughersteller Kyburz nahm eine neue Recyclinganlage in Betrieb, die Materialien aus Lithium-Ionen Akkus zum grossen Teil zurückgewinnen kann. Die Anlage wurde in enger Zusammenarbeit mit...
Sep 3, 2020 | Into the nano realm
Two talented young researchers at Empa will be given the opportunity to develop their own research area over a five-year period with the help of an ERC Starting Grant from the European Research Council: Marianne Liebi...
Sep 3, 2020 | SDG Award 2020 for sustainability
The SDG Award 2020 of the Swiss Green Economy Symposium goes to a team from Empa and ETH Zurich led by Ingo Burgert and Tanja Zimmermann. The award recognizes the achievements of the researchers in the field of...
Aug 27, 2020 | Biofuels and closed materials cycles due to bio-templating
Blue-green algae are among the oldest living creatures on Earth and have perfected the use of sunlight over billions of years. Empa scientists have now equipped these humble unicellular organisms with semiconductor...
Aug 21, 2020 | Label der Stiftung «Natur & Wirtschaft» für Empa
Die Empa wurde vor kurzem erneut für ihr naturnah gestaltetes Areal in Dübendorf mit dem Label der Stiftung «Natur & Wirtschaft» ausgezeichnet. Bereits im Jahr 2003 erhielt die Empa dieses Label. Bei der Rezertifizierung...
Aug 20, 2020 | Thermal insulation for miniature components
Aerogel is an excellent thermal insulator. So far, however, it has mainly been used on a large scale, for example in environmental technology, in physical experiments or in industrial catalysis. Researchers at Empa, ETH...
Aug 17, 2020 | Fire experiments in test tunnel
What happens if an electric car burns in a road tunnel or an underground car park? In the Hagerbach test tunnel in Switzerland, Empa researchers and tunnel safety expert Lars Derek Mellert set fire to battery cells of...
Aug 11, 2020 | Antibacterial cellulose
In order to combat bacterial wound infections, Empa researchers have developed cellulose membranes equipped with antimicrobial peptides. Initial results show: The skin-friendly membranes made of plant-based materials...
Jul 28, 2020 | Energy-saving construction and refurbishment
The competition starts on 1 August 2020 and includes construction projects with Aerogel in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Jul 21, 2020 | Circular economy
Lithium-ion batteries contain salts rich in fluorine, which decompose in humid air to toxic, highly corrosive hydrogen fluoride. The hazardous nature of this substance makes recycling more difficult and more expensive. A...
Jul 16, 2020 | Avenir Suisse relies on Empa expertise
The think tank Avenir Suisse today presented its latest publication entitled "Sustainable Powertrain Technologies". The key message is clear: an openness towards different technologies is needed to achieve the climate...
Jul 15, 2020 | Cost-effective and material-saving
Concrete is by far the most widely used building material in the world – and the trend is rising. Using a new type of concrete formula, an Empa team has succeeded in producing self-prestressed concrete elements. This...
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