News 2020

Jul 13, 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?
Jul 10, 2020 | New class of materials with strange phenomena
Topological materials are a new class of materials that could enable completely new types of electronic components and superconductors. In topological materials, electrons can behave differently than in conventional...
Jul 8, 2020 | Empa researcher to head Swiss Noise Abatement Commission
The Federal Council has appointed Empa researcher Jean Marc Wunderli as President of the Swiss Federal Noise Abatement Commission (EKLB). He took over this position on the 1st of July. Since 2019 Wunderli heads the lab...
Jul 7, 2020 | Mobile measuring instruments
Humans are exposed to numerous harmful environmental influences, and it is an international concern to quantify these emissions as accurately as possible in order to be able to take measures to contain them. Empa is also...
Jul 2, 2020 | Protection against electromagnetic interference
Empa researchers have succeeded in applying aerogels to microelectronics: Aerogels based on cellulose nanofibers can effectively shield electromagnetic radiation over a wide frequency range – and they are unrivalled in...
Jul 2, 2020 | Magnetism in carbon nanostructures
Empa researcher Shantanu Mishra received the Award of the Swiss Physical Society on 1 July 2020 for his outstanding PhD thesis.
Jun 29, 2020 | High-tech clothing
There is more than cool looks about hip clothing for top performance: Thanks to a variety of smart technologies, high-tech clothing today is capable of analyzing body functions or actively optimizing the microclimate....
Jun 25, 2020 | AI monitoring of laser welding processes
With an X-ray experiment at the European Synchrotron ESRF in Grenoble (France), Empa researchers were able to demonstrate how well their real-time acoustic monitoring of laser weld seams works. With almost 90 percent...
Jun 24, 2020 | First virtual CE2 Lab
The circular economy is gaining a foothold in more and more areas: Some have already established business models, in others it is only visible in visionary pioneering projects. Where are the hurdles to a functioning...
Jun 21, 2020 | Test flights with commercial aircraft
During more than 90 approaches to Zurich Airport conducted under the leadership of the Swiss SkyLab Foundation, researchers from Empa and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) tested an assistance system that supports pilots...
Jun 18, 2020 | Risk analyses for nanoparticles
In order to reduce the number of animal experiments in research, alternative methods are being sought. This is a particular challenge if the safety of substances that have hardly been studied is to be ensured, for...
Jun 16, 2020 | On the trail of enigmatic quantum phenomena
A research team from Empa and EPFL has developed a molecular motor which consists of only 16 atoms and rotates reliably in one direction. It could allow energy harvesting at the atomic level. The special feature of the...
Jun 15, 2020 | Science with impact
The renowned journal "Environmental Science and Technology" recently selected the ten publications with the greatest influence in the more than 50-year history of the magazine. Among them is a study by Empa researchers...
Jun 11, 2020 | Metal 3D laser printing
During metal processing in the 3D laser printer, temperatures of more than 2,500 degrees Celsius are reached within milliseconds, causing some components of the alloys to evaporate. While widely considered a problem...
Jun 10, 2020 | Towards more robust smartphone sensors
Researchers at ETH and Empa have shown that tiny objects can be made from silicon that are much more deformable and stronger than previously thought. In this way, sensors in smartphones could be made smaller and more...
Jun 9, 2020 | Hello Mask
Scientists of Empa and EPFL have developed a fully transparent surgical mask that will soon be produced on an industrial scale. The new startup HMCARE will market the masks and has already raised CHF 1 million to develop...
Jun 4, 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 | 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...
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