News 2022

Dec 22, 2022 | Award at the «Swiss Innovation Challenge»
The Empa spin-off Perovskia Solar has been awarded second place at the Swiss Innovation Challenge, leaving more than 100 competitors behind. The prizes were presented by Federal Councilor Guy Parmelin. Perovskia Solar...
Dec 20, 2022 | Reason for multi-billion Euro construction damage elucidated
After extensive analyses, Empa researchers found the cause of the concrete scandal in County Donegal, Ireland, where structural damage has been causing red faces and protests for years: Concrete walls of thousands of...
Dec 15, 2022 | A tabletop accelerator facility
EuPRAXIA is the first European project that develops a compact particle accelerator research infrastructure based on novel plasma acceleration concepts and laser technology. An Empa Team led by Davide Bleiner and...
Dec 14, 2022 | Collecting solar energy from both sides
Bifacial thin film solar cells based on copper indium gallium diselenide or CIGS can collect solar energy from both their front and their rear side – and thus potentially yield more solar electricity than their...
Dec 13, 2022 | New study: Energy Future 2050
With a new project, Energy Future 2050, the Association of Swiss Electricity Companies VSE together with Empa shows based on various scenarios what Switzerland's energy supply could look like by 2050. Take-home message:...
Dec 9, 2022 | ETH Board appoints Lorenz Herrmann
The ETH Board appointed Lorenz Herrmann as a new member of the Empa's Directorate at its meeting on 7-8 December 2022.
Dec 8, 2022 | Surfaces with antiviral properties
Using a new analytical method, Empa researchers have tracked viruses as they pass through face masks and compared their failure on the filter layers of different types of masks. The new method should now accelerate the...
Dec 5, 2022 | Innosuisse Certificate for Empa spin-off
Founded in February 2018 as an Empa spin-off, the start-up company MIRO Analytical received one of the coveted Innosuisse Certificates in October. The certificate reflects the remarkable progress the young company made...
Dec 1, 2022 | Distinguished Senior Researcher: Dominik Brunner
Internationally recognized atmospheric scientist and Distinguished Senior Researcher at Empa: Dominik Brunner is a scientist who has explored his subject area from many angles – with a weatherproof motivation and...
Dec 1, 2022 | Professorship for Empa researcher
Empa researcher Thijs Defraeye has been appointed Special Professor Data and Simulations for Self-care Postharvest Fresh-food Supply Chains at the University of Wageningen's group of Food, Quality and Design. Defraeye...
Nov 29, 2022 | Medical technology
Hearing-impaired people whose auditory nerve is still intact can often be helped with a cochlear implant. But inserting the implant into the inner ear is not without risks, as facial nerves can be damaged in the process....
Nov 24, 2022 | Open Research Data Management (ORD)
A consortium with researchers from the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), Empa and ETH Zurich has won funding of almost CHF1.3 million for a three-year project on open and reproducible materials science research. The project...
Nov 23, 2022 | Wearables for healthcare
With sensors that measure health parameters and can be worn on the body, we do let technology get very close to us. A collaboration between Empa and designer Laura Deschl, sponsored by the Textile and Design Alliance...
Nov 22, 2022 | Plastic pollution: Scientists raise red flag
Next week the UN intergovernmental negotiating committee (INC) on plastic pollution will meet in Uruguay to develop an international legally binding instrument against plastic pollution. There is concern among scientists...
Nov 17, 2022 | Empa's Zukunftsfonds – Funding ambitious research
Empa researchers are developing a medical chip in collaboration with the ETH Zurich and the Cantonal Hospital of St.Gallen that will allow statements to be made about the effect of substances on babies in the womb. The...
Nov 16, 2022 | New compendium: Everything you need to know about battery storage systems
Although they are indispensable nowadays, there is still a lack of knowledge and skepticism about batteries. The Forum Energy Storage Switzerland therefore compiled a compendium on research, development, potential and...
Nov 15, 2022 | Two researchers honored as "influencers"
Every year, scientists whose publications have been most frequently cited are selected. They are considered to be particularly influential in their field. This year, two Empa scientists are featured on the coveted list.
Nov 11, 2022 | Swiss architecture award for NEST unit
The NEST unit HiLo is one of the eleven winning projects of this year's Swiss architecture award, Arc Award. With its innovative, resource-saving approaches, the project stood out from the field of 359 submitted projects...
Nov 10, 2022 | Award for Empa innovation
Every year, TIME publishes a list of the most important inventions of the year. This year, Gustav Nyström and his team from Empa's Cellulose & Wood Materials Laboratory made it onto the list with their biodegradable...
Nov 8, 2022 | Virtual reality
Together with EPFL and ETH Zurich colleagues, an Empa team is developing next-generation VR gloves that will make virtual worlds tangible. The glove is to be tailored to each user and capable of being produced largely...
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