Better, safer and even more cost-efficient batteries

The battery market is dominated by lithium-ion batteries. They can be inserted into a smartphone or computer, and can be used in electric cars or for the storage of solar energy at the EPFL. "These...

Oak instead of spruce

The people leading the research programme briefed the media in November 2016 to report on the results. The people who were invited to attend met up on a forest path close to the Swiss Federal...

Wood for every occasion

Trees as high as 30 metres still stand up to the wind, even if their stems are relatively thin. Tanja Zimmermann has meticulously studied the structure of wood for years in order to understand this...

Inventing the Future

The Federal Government’s Energy Strategy 2050 plans to increase the production of solar electricity in future. But when the sun shines, there may be times of overproduction, then the feeding into the...

New Recipes for a super-material

Tiny pillars of colourful hexagons all pointing upwards, adorn the cover of the renowned British journal Nature, issued on 7 August 2014, – perfectly formed carbon nanotubes which embody a...

Joint effort between science and industry

The Free-Electron X-Ray Laser SwissFEL is being developed out in the forest near Würenlingen and a stone’s throw from PSI. An approximately 700-metre-long tunnel will accommodate the high-tech...

New life for rivers

Because of its topography and a comparatively high annual precipitation, Switzerland possesses an extensive network of streams and rivers. Increasing settlement and the country’s growing...

WSL: Forecasting the risk of forest fires more precisely

Today, in order to forecast forest fires, it is usually the case that the moisture of the combustible material is indirectly derived from the area’s meteorological data. However, as different...

KTT contacts in the ETH Domain

The ones responsible for KTT in the ETH Domain are:ETH ZurichDr Silvio BonaccioHead of ETH transferTel. 044 632 77 42E-Mailwww.transfer.ethz.chEPFLGabriel ClercHead of EPFL-TTOTel. 021 693 70...

From the laboratory to market maturity

The institutions of the ETH Domain – ETH Zurich, EPFL, PSI, WSL, Empa and Eawag – discharge their KTT mission with the help of various instruments such as research cooperation ventures,...