News 2022

Jul 5, 2022 | Ivan Lunati
While setting up his new lab at Empa, the Covid pandemic made Ivan Lunati's work quite a bit harder – and at the same time provided exciting questions for his research. In the future, Lunati will, together with his team,...
Jun 30, 2022 | Novo Nordisk Foundation supports Empa researchers
More than 250 million metric tons of sugar beet were harvested worldwide in 2020 and processed into table sugar. Most of the residues from sugar production end up in the stomachs of farm animals. But their components...
Jun 28, 2022 | Decarbonization of Switzerland's industry
On 20 June, the Association for the Decarbonization of Industry with representatives from industry, energy suppliers, the financial sector and research adopted a joint strategy with the aim of developing holistic...
Jun 24, 2022 | Empa at SPIN DAY 2022
On Thursday, 23 June, stakeholders from research, business, administration and politics met at the Zurich Innovation Park in Dübendorf for the first meeting of the newly created SPIN platform to promote Power-to-X...
Jun 21, 2022 | Empa Zukunftsfonds
Many potentially groundbreaking ideas are born in the minds of researchers at Empa – not all of them can be implemented, and for some there is simply no funding. The Empa Zukunftsfonds is intended to close this gap in...
Jun 16, 2022 | Analysis of health risks associated with graphene-containing particles
Graphene-based particles released from polymer composites after abrasion induce negligible health effects. Under the leadership of Empa, an international research team of the Graphene Flagship project conducted a study...
Jun 14, 2022 | Environmental observations in the air and under water
A new dual drone can both fly and land on water to take aquatic samples and monitor water quality, for example. The drone was developed by researchers at Imperial College London and Empa and recently tested together with...
Jun 8, 2022 | Treatment of acute stroke in personalized medicine
A blood clot in the brain that blocks the supply of oxygen can cause an acute stroke. In this case, every minute counts. A team from Empa, the University Hospital in Geneva and the Hirslanden Clinic is currently...
Jun 2, 2022 | A digital twin for citrus fruits
Around one third of all food worldwide ends up in the trash bin instead of on our plate. With the help of digital twins, researchers at Empa and Stellenbosch University are now aiming to reduce food waste, for example in...
May 31, 2022 | A gold medal and a nut croissant
Over the past few days and after almost 13 years as CEO of Empa, Gian-Luca Bona said goodbye to "his" employees at the three Empa sites – with fond memories and some surprises.
May 27, 2022 | How classic cars are to become climate-neutral
Synthetic fuels can make a contribution to achieving climate targets. But can they be used in conventional combustion engines without any problems? This question is being investigated by Empa in collaboration with the...
May 24, 2022 | The ETH Domain at WEF
"How to best serve Switzerland" – that is the question behind numerous research projects and innovations from the institutions of the ETH Domain, said Michael Hengartner, President of the ETH Board, on the fringes of the...
May 23, 2022 | Auszeichnung für Lehrlingsausbildung
Bereits zum dritten Mal in Folge erhält die Empa das Qualitätslabel «Great Start! Ausbildungsbetrieb». In einer Umfrage des Beratungsunternehmens «Great Place to Work» haben die Lernenden der Empa die ausgezeichnete...
May 20, 2022 | World Day for Cultural Diversity
May 21 is the "World Day of Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development" and was established in 2002 by UNESCO ("United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization"). Cultural diversity is lived and...
May 19, 2022 | A hitchhiker's guide through water and air
A new robot is capable of switching from an underwater drone to an aerial vehicle in less than one second. The robot also features a suction disc inspired by the remora fish, which enables it to hitchhike on wet or dry...
May 19, 2022 | Academic teaching
Three Empa researchers were appointed professors at ETH Zurich and EPFL today: Tanja Zimmermann, who will head Empa as its new CEO as of 1 June, Mickaël Perrin and Johann Michler.
May 18, 2022 | Dual-mode memristors based on perovskite nanocrystals
Researchers from ETH Zurich, Empa and the University of Zurich have developed a new material for an electronic component that can be used in a wider range of applications than its predecessors. Such components will help...
May 12, 2022 | Wood construction
Anyone who lives in an old building with wooden floors knows the problem: Even if the neighbors from above glide across the floor with graceful elegance, it sounds as if you were living under a bowling alley. Impact...
May 10, 2022 | Net zero goal
If Switzerland wants to achieve its goal of being climate neutral by 2050, there are still many hurdles to overcome. As part of the St. Gallen City Challenge for the Swiss Digital Day 2021, a new simulation game...
May 5, 2022 | Space exploration
Together with researchers from Ulm and Neuchâtel, Empa will soon be studying material samples on the ISS. The material in question are super-hard and corrosion-resistant alloys of palladium, nickel, copper and phosphorus...
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