News 2022

Sep 8, 2022 | Empa Sommercamp 2022
Freude, Forschung und Freundschaften standen beim diesjährigen Sommercamp der Empa auf dem Programm. Während die Eltern in den Büros und Labors arbeiteten, versuchten sich 16 Kinder im Primarschulalter während einer...
Sep 6, 2022 | Successful technology transfer
The Empa spinoff CTsystems AG is acquired by Daetwyler, a company specializing in elastomer components. The partners see great market potential for a wide range of applications in industrial-scale stack actuators, the...
Sep 1, 2022 | Empa spin-off viboo
With energy prices soaring, heating costs will also inevitably rise in the coming winter. In order to mitigate this, solutions for operating buildings more efficiently are needed. The Empa spin-off viboo has developed an...
Aug 30, 2022 | Sensors and actuators of the future
Sustainable electronic components can be made from wood with the help of a novel process that uses a laser to engrave electrically conductive structures on veneers. A research team at Empa and at ETH’s Institute for...
Aug 25, 2022 | Empa at the Digital Days 2022
This year, Empa will once again be taking part in the Swiss Digital Days with various activities - with exciting insights into different research topics. At the opening event on September 5 in Bern, for example, a new...
Aug 23, 2022 | Aerogel Architecture Award 2022
In early August 2022, the Aerogel Architecture Award was presented at Empa for the second time. The winning project comes from Germany, while buildings from Switzerland take second and third place. They all impressively...
Aug 17, 2022 | Pioneering project on the traffic of the future
Empa, together with EBP and Fussverkehr Schweiz, analyzed in spring 2022 in Thalwil (ZH) how pedestrians react to automated vehicles. The automated parking assistant that had been used is the first system approved in...
Aug 9, 2022 | High Entropy Ceramics
Crystals consisting of wildly mixed ingredients - so-called high-entropy materials - are currently attracting growing scientific interest. Their advantage is that they are particularly stable at extremely high...
Aug 3, 2022 | Empa's pioneering work with CFRP rewarded
Elegant, efficient and groundbreaking: The fine-span light rail bridge in Stuttgart-Degerloch was awarded the German Civil Engineering Award 2022 - because of its innovative design as a network arch bridge with...
Aug 2, 2022 | Werner Siemens Foundation
Hubert Keiber, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Werner Siemens Foundation, describes why the Board decided to award a 15 million Swiss francs grant to a team of Empa researchers.
Jul 28, 2022 | Just add a drop of water
A team of researchers at Empa developed a water-activated disposable paper battery. The researchers suggest that it could be used to power a wide range of low-power, single-use disposable electronics – such as smart...
Jul 21, 2022 | Mycowood instruments
It is amazing what kind of magical sounds can be elicited from a piece of wood treated with fungi. The biotech violin, whose tonewood has been developed at Empa, is now taking to the concert stage with violinist Irina...
Jul 20, 2022 | CFRP pioneer honored
At the end of the 18th European Bridge Conference in Edinburgh in June, the former Director of Empa in Dübendorf, Urs Meier, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his pioneering research and developments in...
Jul 19, 2022 | Campus co-operate: Topping-out ceremony for the new Empa laboratory building
Empa's future laboratory building, currently under construction in Dübendorf on the new co-operate research campus, celebrated its topping-out ceremony on 14 July. The building will one day house highly sensitive...
Jul 14, 2022 | Climate protection
Empa is working intensively on solutions to reach the climate targets and is starting on its own doorstep. The new research campus currently under construction – co-operate – will be geared to minimizing greenhouse gas...
Jul 11, 2022 | Advanced Grant for Empa cement researcher
The cement industry emits large amounts of climate-damaging carbon dioxide – but alternative binders based on magnesium carbonate could even bind CO2. Concrete as a carbon sink? A research project at Empa, which had just...
Jul 7, 2022 | New clues to the development of Parkinson's disease
Copper exposure in the environment and the protein alpha-synuclein in the human brain could play an important role in the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease. A team from Empa and the University of Limerick was able to...
Jul 6, 2022 | Interview
A successful implementation of Switzerland’s Energy Strategy 2050, personalized diagnostics and therapies for an aging society and a competence center for quantum technologies – Tanja Zimmermann has set herself ambitious...
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...
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