A transformer to drive the transition from AC to DC
— EPFL researchers have developed a compact and efficient medium-frequency transformer. Their device is poised to enhance the flexibility and efficiency of tomorrow’s smart grids and DC power distribution networks. An EPFL-made prototype has been thoroughly tested and presented in several tutorials designed for experts from the academic and industrial worlds.
“The smart living lab is at a pivotal moment in its development"
— EPFL’s smart living lab, located on the Fribourg campus, is at a pivotal moment in its development. Martin Gonzenbach, the lab’s new director of operations, tells us why.
Next-generation optics in just two minutes of cooking time
— One of the key building blocks of flexible photonic circuits and ultra-thin optics are metasurfaces. And EPFL engineers have now discovered a simple way of making these surfaces in just a few minutes – without needing a clean room – using a method already employed in manufacturing. Their findings have just been published in Nature Nanotechnology.
New device simplifies measurement of fluoride contamination in water
— Seeking to address fluoride contamination in drinking water, chemical engineers at EPFL have developed a portable and user-friendly device that can measure fluoride concentration accurately and reliably.
“The Arctic atmosphere is key to understanding climate change”
— This summer, 40 international scientists will participate in the GLACE expedition around Greenland in order to study the effects of climate change in that region. One of the 15 projects selected for the expedition will be led by Athanasios Nenes, an atmospheric specialist at EPFL.
EPFL spin-offs receive 16% of startup capital raised in Switzerland
— Funds raised in Switzerland crossed the CHF 1 billion mark for the first time in 2018. And EPFL startups accounted for over a sixth of that amount, bringing in CHF 217 million.
Gummy-like robots could help prevent disease
— EPFL scientists have developed microscopic, hydrogel-based muscles that can manipulate and mechanically stimulate biological tissue. These soft, biocompatible robots could be used for targeted therapy and to help diagnose and prevent disease.