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    01.10.15 — Management of Technology and Entrepreneurship Professor Ralf Seifert has been awarded a Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) research grant for his project entitled “Supply Chain Management in Process Industries: An Empirical Investigation”. Read the whole article
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    01.10.15 — Mediacom Scientific Switzerland needs unrestricted access to the best brains, and therefore full association to the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020. This was pointed out during a media session in Brussels by the Presidents of ETH Zurich and EPFL, following discussions with EU representatives. Read the whole article
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    01.10.15 — Laboratory of Sustainable and Catalytic Processing Luca completed his bachelor's degree in Industrial Chemistry at the University of Bologna. He then moved to the Technical University of Denmark in Copenhagen for a master's degree in Applied Chemistry. There, he focused on the design of nanomaterials for catalytic applications. As part of his master's thesis, he is joining the lab to work on the stabilization of photocatalysts. Welcome Luca! Read the whole article
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    01.10.15 — Nanophotonics and Metrology In a collaboration with CSEM, we have demonstrated an up-scalable approach for creating Fano-resonant nanostructures on large surfaces at visible wavelengths. The use of processes suitable for high throughput fabrication and the choice of aluminum as a cost-efficient plasmonic material ensure that the presented insights are valuable even in consideration of typical industrial constraints. In particular, wafer-scale fabrication and the process compatibility with roll-to-roll embossing are demonstrated. It is shown that through adjustment of readily accessible evaporation parameters, the shape and position of the optical resonance can be tuned within a spectral band of more than 70 nm. The experimental data are complemented with rigorous coupled wave analysis and surface integral equation simulations. Calculated electric fields as well as surface charges shed light onto the physics behind the present resonances. In particular, a surface plasmon polariton is found to couple to a localized plasmonic mode with a hexapolar charge distribution, leading to a Fanolike resonance. Further understanding of the interactions at hand is gained by considering both aluminum and gold nanostructures. Read the whole article
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    01.10.15 — Laboratory of Sustainable and Catalytic Processing As part of a special review for the SCCER – BIOSWEET in Chimia, Florent and Bartek talks about strategies for stabilizing catalysts that are used in the harsh reaction conditions associated with biomass conversion. Titled “Improving Heterogeneous Catalyst Stability for Liquid-phase Biomass Conversion and Reforming”, the review covers the causes of catalyst deactivation as well as recent strategies developed to combat this, including catalyst overcoating and materials/process engineering. Read the whole article
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    30.09.15 — Mediacom Why is the universe expanding at an increasing rate? Scientists will attempt to gain a better understanding of this phenomenon by mapping the distribution of galaxies in the universe. Astrophysicists and robotics engineers from EPFL are taking part in this scientific adventure. Read the whole article
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    30.09.15 — Research Office The Swiss National Science Foundation’s Assistant Professor (AP) Energy Grants are aimed at promoting young scientists in the field of energy research. They are intended for newly-employed assistant professors, generally for the purpose of developing inter-university competence centres (Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research, SCCER). Read the whole article
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    30.09.15 — Prizes and awards Prof. Wendy Queen, head of the Laboratory of functional inorganic materials (School SB) has been awarded an Assistant Professor (AP) Energy grant by the SNSF. The SNSF awarded seven AP Energy Grants for the overall call 2014. These grants are aimed at promoting young scientists in the field of energy research. Read the whole article
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    30.09.15 — Prizes and awards Prof. Brice Lecampion, head of the Geo-energy Laboratory - Gaznat Chair on Geo-energy, (School ENAC) has been awarded an Assistant Professor (AP) Energy grant by the SNSF. The SNSF awarded seven AP Energy Grants for the overall call 2014. These grants are aimed at promoting young scientists in the field of energy research. Read the whole article
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    30.09.15 — Prizes and awards Prof. Marie Violay, Laboratory of Experimental Rock Mechanics, (School ENAC) has been awarded an Assistant Professor (AP) Energy grant by the SNSF. The SNS awarded seven AP Energy Grants for the overall call 2014. These grants are aimed at promoting young scientists in the field of energy research. Read the whole article