EPFL Valais Wallis
With its 10 laboratories active in the key fields of energy, environment and health, 226 researchers, administrative and technical staff, 92 doctoral students, 43 nationalities, firmly integrated into the Energypolis project, the Valais campus plays its full part in promoting research and innovation in the heart of the Alps.
Pole of Excellence at the foot of the peaks
Dedicated mainly to scientific research and innovation in the fields of energy, green chemistry, health and the environment, the EPFL Valais Wallis campus brings together 226 researchers, administrative and technical staff from four faculties. The next phase of the project dedicated to research on the Alpine and polar environments (Alpole) will bring together 200 additional researchers including the Swiss Polar Research Institute at the end of 2021. By this date, more than 400 people will be active on the Sion site.
Adding a polymer stabilizes collapsing metal-organic frameworks
Porous metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) have many applications like carbon capture and water-cleaning. However, MOFs with large pores tend to collapse. Chemists and chemical engineers at EPFL Valais Wallis have now solved the problem by adding small amounts of a polymer into the MOF pores, an act that impedes pore collapse.