When one thinks of cellulose, the first things that come to mind are probably wood and paper. But in the form of nanocellulose, it is also a promising material for the medical field. Empa researchers are working on a 3D-printed skin sensor made of a jelly-like material that can monitor blood values.
At high altitudes the wind is much stronger. Empa researchers want to harness the energy slumbering in the wind with the aid of kites. The technology would be particularly suitable for generating electricity in remote areas.
Researchers at the University Hospital and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) have developed an “intelligent” sanitary napkin to monitor the risk of premature birth. The aim is to avoid long hospital stays.
A young man from the Netherlands wants eliminate the plastic waste in the oceans. His team recently reported its first successful trial of a gigantic plastic trapping system in the Pacific. Now they intend to get to the root of the problem.
Maritime transport accounts for a significant portion of global CO₂ emissions. Commissioned by a shipping company, researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH) investigated how this could be changed. They see considerable potential in electric propulsion systems and in hydrogen and ammonia-based fuels.
Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH) have achieved a world première: They have developed a technology that produces carbon-neutral fuels using only sunlight and air. The solar refinery is already operating under real-life conditions.
Researchers from Switzerland and France have started to develop a brassiere that detects breast cancer at an early stage. Such a smart bra would be considerably cheaper than a mammography, a fact that would benefit women in impoverished countries in particular.