New process narrows the gap between natural and synthetic materials
Skin and cartilage are both strong and flexible – properties that are hard to replicate in artificial materials. But a new fabrication process, developed by scientists at EPFL, brings lifelike synthetic polymers a step closer.
Three spin-offs make the finals of a deep tech startup competition
Three EPFL spin-offs – CompPair, Hydromea and Nanogence – have made it through to the finals of the Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge, an international startup competition that is being held virtually this year. The teams will have three minutes to pitch their business ideas to a panel of experts.
“This is a time when we must listen to science”
Athanasios Nenes, an EPFL professor and one of the world’s foremost experts in aerosols, was recently made a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union in recognition of his exceptional contribution to atmospheric science. An avid proponent of research and knowledge-sharing, Nenes is heavily involved in the study of atmospheric particles and their impact on health, climate and ecosystems – subjects that are more pressing than ever.
“The foundation has to be solid before building on it”
André Hodder has been named this year’s best teacher in the electrical and electronics engineering section.
Marcel Salathé selected to lead national COVID-19 research program
Marcel Salathé, a professor of digital epidemiology at EPFL, will head the Steering Committee for Switzerland’s national research program on COVID-19. He was appointed this week by the National Research Council, which is part of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). Salathé’s main role will be to provide scientific oversight to researchers working on 28 international projects and advise them on knowledge and technology transfer.
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