EPFL Neuchâtel

At the heart of the Microcity pole of innovation, the Canton of Neuchâtel is hosting an important part of EPFL's Microengineering Institute (IMT). This institute's research activities covers topics such as health, microsystems, photovoltaic or watchmaking.
Microcity Neuchâtel EPFL

EPFL in Neuchâtel

EPFL's researchers are located in the eponymous building of the Microcity pole of innovation. They benefit from the proximity of other research institutions and high-tech manufacturing societies active in micro- and nano-technologies and advanced manufacturing.

Virtual time-lapse photos can capture ultrafast phenomena

— EPFL scientists have developed a new image-processing method that can capture extremely rapid phenomena using any type of camera. Their method, called Virtual Frame Technique, delivers better performance than any commercial high-speed camera and is affordable and accessible to anyone.

MT180: First place for the artificial ligaments of Alvaro Charlet

— The winner of the fourth annual My Thesis in 180 Seconds competition, held last night at the Rolex Forum, was Alvaro Charlet – a PhD student in materials science. In just three minutes he explained to the 600 people in the audience how his hydrogels receipes could one day replace ligaments in the human body. His presentation – perfectly orchestrated and seasoned with humor – won over the jury.

Turning buildings into energy producers

— EPFL has become the coordinator of Be-Smart, an EU research project that aims to step up the deployment of building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) and cut their costs by 75% between now and 2030. The project was launched in response to EU regulations that require new buildings to be nearly zero-energy by 2020.

A self-healing composite

— Researchers from EPFL's Laboratory for Processing of Advanced Composites have developed a material that can easily heal after being damaged. This cutting-edge composite could be used in aircraft, wind turbines, cars and sports equipment.

Coordinating the movements of mother and baby to facilitate delivery

— A team of researchers from EPFL and Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) has been awarded one of two Fondation Leenaards 2019 science prizes for its research into the biomechanics of labor. The aim of the project is to determine the best position for each mother to adopt in order to make vaginal delivery easier.