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Physics - Materials Science - 13.01.2022
Nanostructures get complex with electron equivalents
Nanostructures get complex with electron equivalents
Complex crystals that mimic metals-including a structure for which there is no natural equivalent-can be achieved with a new approach to guiding nanoparticle self-assembly. Rather than just nanoparticles that serve as "atom equivalents,” the crystals produced and interpreted by Northwestern University, University of Michigan and Argonne National Laboratory rely on even smaller particles that simulate electrons.

Environment - Materials Science - 12.01.2022

Materials Science - Chemistry - 12.01.2022
1,000-cycle lithium-sulfur battery could quintuple electric vehicle ranges
1,000-cycle lithium-sulfur battery could quintuple electric vehicle ranges
A new biologically inspired battery membrane has enabled a battery with five times the capacity of the industry-standard lithium ion design to run for the thousand-plus cycles needed to power an electric car.

Chemistry - Materials Science - 10.01.2022

Materials Science - Innovation - 06.01.2022

Materials Science - Innovation - 04.01.2022

Materials Science - Health - 22.12.2021
Coating surfaces with a thin layer of copper has the potential to kill the virus causing COVID-19 faster
Preparing for an online start to the winter term: for more information. Engineering research team tested coatings that were 1,000 times thinner than a human hair Researchers have discovered that using a thin-film coating of copper or copper compounds on surfaces could enhance copper's ability to inactivate or destroy the SARS-CoV-2 virus responsible for COVID-19.

Materials Science - Environment - 20.12.2021
Multifunctional construction elements lower buildings' energy needs
Multifunctional construction elements lower buildings' energy needs
Engineers at EPFL have studied the use of construction slabs that serve both as structural building elements and floor heating systems.

Materials Science - Innovation - 15.12.2021
Building lean pays off
Building lean pays off
Super-insulating materials such as aerogels are expensive. At the same time, they offer a powerful advantage: the thinner the insulation of a building, the larger its usable area.

Materials Science - Economics / Business - 15.12.2021
Silence on the tracks
Silence on the tracks
Noise barriers or improved wheel systems and brakes that are less noisy are not the only ways to reduce railway noise for close-by residents. An inconspicuous component under the tracks is a source of hope for a research team including scientists. Railway noise is unhealthy. Hundreds of millions of Swiss francs have already been invested in noise barriers, quieter braking systems and other measures with the goal to protect at least 80 percent of the Swiss population from emissions by the year 2025 - but because railway traffic will continue to increase, a lot remains to be done.

Materials Science - Health - 15.12.2021
In the heat of the wound
In the heat of the wound
A bandage that releases medication as soon as an infection starts in a wound could treat injuries more efficiently. researchers are currently working on polymer fibers that soften as soon as the environment heats up due to an infection, thereby releasing antimicrobial drugs. It is not possible to tell from the outside whether a wound will heal without problems under the dressing or whether bacteria will penetrate the injured tissue and ignite an inflammation.

Materials Science - Health - 15.12.2021

Materials Science - Health - 14.12.2021
A polymer patch for the abdominal cavity
A polymer patch for the abdominal cavity
Operations on the digestive tract involve particularly high risks. To enable wounds on the intestinal wall to be sealed tightly in the future, Empa researcher Alexandre Anthis has developed a patch that prevents dangerous leaks.

Materials Science - 14.12.2021
Ecological coating for Bananas
Ecological coating for Bananas
Empa and Lidl Switzerland have jointly developed a cellulose protective coating for fruit and vegetables.

Materials Science - 10.12.2021

Environment - Materials Science - 10.12.2021
Novel method could help increase supply of badly needed ’white gold’
Mert Akin, a mechanical engineering graduate assistant at the University of Miami, has developed a lithium-extraction technique that is more efficient and environmentally friendly than conventional methods.

Materials Science - Chemistry - 09.12.2021
Stretchy, washable battery brings wearable devices closer to reality
Stretchy, washable battery brings wearable devices closer to reality
Science, Health & Technology Lou Corpuz-Bosshart UBC researchers have created what could be the first battery that is both flexible and washable.

Materials Science - Environment - 01.12.2021

Mechanical Engineering - Materials Science - 30.11.2021
The UC3M’s Cr3ce programme presents its results
The Cr3ce programme from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid's (UC3M) is a pioneering learning initiative that aims to accelerate the commercialisation of the results of different research projects in an agile and practical way.

Materials Science - Transport - 23.11.2021

Materials Science - Physics - 23.11.2021

Materials Science - Physics - 23.11.2021
$3.4M to turn up the heat at solar-thermal plants
$3.4M to turn up the heat at solar-thermal plants
Improved heat-trapping materials for solar thermal energy could help the U.S. meet its goal of cutting solar energy costs in half by 2030 To decarbonize industrial heat-a major contribu

Environment - Materials Science - 22.11.2021
Lemons-aid 'juicy' Guinness World Records breaker for highest voltage fruit battery
Lemons-aid ’juicy’ Guinness World Records breaker for highest voltage fruit battery
Almost 3,000 lemons launch battery-powered go-kart race and add zest to the importance of energy storage and new innovations in tackling climate change.

Materials Science - Campus - 18.11.2021

Research Management - Materials Science - 16.11.2021
Three Empa Scientists honored as 'Influencers'
Three Empa Scientists honored as ’Influencers’
Every year, the most cited scientists are selected. They are each considered to be particularly influential in their field.

Materials Science - Environment - 10.11.2021

Physics - Materials Science - 08.11.2021
Berkeley Lab Honored with Three R&D 100 Awards
Three technologies from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory ÜBerkeley Lab) have won a 2021 R&D 100 award, representing innovations for memory and logic chips, next-generation batteries, and radiation detection and mapping.

Materials Science - 04.11.2021

Environment - Materials Science - 28.10.2021
Monash experts and COP26
Monash University experts are available to discuss issues relating to COP26 and climate change. To find out how Monash is addressing climate change, or for expert commentary on climate issues, visit Monash at COP26 , and our climate change edition of Monash Lens .

Innovation - Materials Science - 25.10.2021

Physics - Materials Science - 22.10.2021
Controlling Light with a Material Three Atoms Thick
Controlling Light with a Material Three Atoms Thick
Most of us control light all the time without even thinking about it, usually in mundane ways: we don a pair of sunglasses and put on sunscreen, and close-or open-our window blinds.

Physics - Materials Science - 15.10.2021
New nanowire architectures boost computers' processing power
New nanowire architectures boost computers' processing power
Valerio Piazza is creating new 3D architectures built from an inventive form of nanowire. His research aims to push the boundaries of miniaturization and pave the way to more powerful electronic devices.

Materials Science - Environment - 10.10.2021

Transport - Materials Science - 07.10.2021
Fire Tests Show that Austria's Tunnels are Fit for Electric Cars
Fire Tests Show that Austria’s Tunnels are Fit for Electric Cars
TU Graz, the University of Leoben, the Austrian Fire Brigade Association and ILF Consulting Engineers have investigated the effects of e-vehicle fires in tunnel systems.

Materials Science - Environment - 06.10.2021

Campus - Materials Science - 28.09.2021
Unbreakable glass inspired by seashells
Scientists from McGill University develop stronger and tougher glass, inspired by the inner layer of mollusk shells. Instead of shattering upon impact, the new material has the resiliency of plastic and could be used to improve cell phone screens in the future, among other applications. While techniques like tempering and laminating can help reinforce glass, they are costly and no longer work once the surface is damaged.

Physics - Materials Science - 28.09.2021
$1.8M to develop room temperature, controllable quantum nanomaterials
$1.8M to develop room temperature, controllable quantum nanomaterials
Project could pave way for compact quantum computing, communications as well as efficient UV lamps for sterilization, air purification An effort to create quantum semiconductors that operate at room temperature has been awarded $1.8 million by the National Science Foundation.

Innovation - Materials Science - 27.09.2021
Research comes together around the 3D printing of metal and ceramics
Research comes together around the 3D printing of metal and ceramics
O    High Energy Additive Manufacturing uses 3D printing to create original metal and ceramic objects, such as lightweight structures with properties that are unattainable using traditional processes.

Environment - Materials Science - 22.09.2021
Design as a boost for renewable energy
Design as a boost for renewable energy
Solar cells as design objects now adorn the façade above the main entrance to the NEST building of Empa and Eawag.

Physics - Materials Science - 16.09.2021
University of Chicago to partner in $25M NSF center for optoelectronic, quantum technologies
The National Science Foundation on Sept. 9 announced it will fund a new endeavor to bring atomic-level precision to the devices and technologies that underpin much of modern life, and will transform fields like information technology in the decades to come.

Materials Science - Chemistry - 14.09.2021
Reaction mechanisms during interphase formation in lithium batteries decoded
MEET Researchers Decode Reaction Mechanisms During Interphase Formation in Lithium Batteries A team of MEET Battery Research Center led by scientist Marco Leißing has now used isotope labelling and gas chromatography to analyse the reaction pathways during interphase formation in lithium batteries.

Materials Science - Economics / Business - 13.09.2021
Radiation alarm at Empa
On 26 August 1992, two people entered the Empa reception in Dübendorf with two samples of osmium-187 - a rare and valuable isotope of the platinum metal - which they wanted to have analyzed.

Environment - Materials Science - 10.09.2021

Materials Science - Chemistry - 10.09.2021
A spoonful of sugar opens a path to longer lasting lithium sulfur batteries
The Monash team, assisted by CSIRO, report in today's edition of Nature Communications that using a glucose-based additive on the positive electrode they have managed to stabilise lithium-sulfur battery technology, long touted as the basis for the next generation of batteries.

Physics - Materials Science - 09.09.2021
High-speed modulation thanks to crystal symmetry
High-speed modulation thanks to crystal symmetry
Physicists and chemists at University of Jena develop a method for nonlinear signal modulation in 2D materials Nonlinear optics is of paramount importance in numerous fields of science and technology
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