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Aerobrick: A Brick with a World Record

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Better thermal insulation means lower heating costs - but this should not be at the expense of exciting architecture. A new type of brick filled with aerogel could make thin and highly insulating walls possible in the future - without any additional...
15-Jan-2018 10:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

Extremely Bright and Fast Light Emission

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A type of quantum dot that has been intensively studied in recent years can reproduce light in every colour and is very bright. An international research team including scientists from Empa has now discovered why this is the case. The quantum dots...
11-Jan-2018 5:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

A Water-Based, Rechargeable Battery

Water could form the basis for future, particularly inexpensive rechargeable batteries. Empa researchers have succeeded in doubling the electrochemical stability of water with a special saline solution. This takes us one step closer to using the...
9-Jan-2018 5:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

A Transistor of Graphene Nanoribbons

Transistors based on carbon nanostructures: what sounds like a futuristic dream could be reality in just a few years' time. An international research team working with Empa has now succeeded in producing nanotransistors from graphene ribbons that...
29-Nov-2017 10:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

Strategic Focus Area "Advanced Manufacturing" Launched

Industry and science are searching for answers to the challenges of digitization – including in production. In order to supply Switzerland with the necessary expertise for the future, the ETH Domain initiated the Strategic Focus Area (SFA)...
16-Nov-2017 9:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

The Stacked Colour Sensor

Red-sensitive, blue-sensitive and green-sensitive colour sensors stacked on top of each other instead of being lined up in a mosaic pattern - this principle could allow image sensors with unprecedented resolution and sensitivity to light to be...
16-Nov-2017 9:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

Alloys From the Laser Printer

In the future, new designer alloys for aerospace applications can be manufactured using the 3-D laser melting process (Additive Manufacturing). Pioneering work in this field was provided by Empa researcher Christoph Kenel, who works today at...
14-Nov-2017 11:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

Low-Cost Battery From Waste Graphite

Lithium ion batteries are flammable and the price of the raw material is rising. Are there alternatives? Yes: Empa and ETH Zürich researchers have discovered promising approaches as to how we might produce batteries out waste graphite and scrap...
11-Oct-2017 9:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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