LMS in the media

Prof. Laloui interviewed by the RTS concerning CO2 sequestration.


Prof. Lyesse Laloui was interviewed during a broadcast of the famous “19h30” of the RTS (Swiss Television and Radio) to shed more light on the topic of CO2 sequestration. As an expert in the matter, Prof. Laloui is currently looking for potential sequestration sites in Switzerland and during the interview, he provided estimated values revealing the potential of the method and how it contrasts with its current situation in other places in the world. The article can be accessed on the following link (French) or link (Italian).

Prof. Laloui interviewed by the RTS concerning nuclear waste storage.


Prof. Lyesse Laloui was interviewed during a broadcast of the famous “15 minutes” of the RTS (Swiss Television and Radio) to shed more light on the topic of nuclear waste storage. The interview dwelled mainly on the Finnish approach to tackle this problem and Prof. Laloui was called towards the end as an expert, to provide additional information about the model adopted in Finland and to contrast it with the current situation in Switzerland. His intervention starts at minute 12 and can be accessed on this link

The LMS of EPFL, the pioneer of energy geo-structures according to TRACÉS.


TRACÉS published a long piece devoted to the activities of the Soil Mechanics Lab (LMS) at EPFL, highlighting its many contributions to society in order to understand, describe and forecast the impacts of new technologies on the geotechnical design of structures. This article details how the laboratory educates current and future engineers, conducts research oriented towards technology transfer, and supports the industry through consulting.

The article can be consulted here (french only).

Highlights of the research conducted at the Chaire Gaz Naturel – Petrosvibri at EPFL in October’s edition of L’Extension.


In the latest release of the L’Extension magazine the role of natural gas as an alternative source of energy is discussed.

In the article, the importance of the extensive research works in the field of CO2 sequestration of the Chaire Gaz Naturel – Pertrosvibri at EPFL, contributing to the leadership of Switzerland in the field is highlighted.

Full article can be found here

RTS interviews Prof. Laloui about Geothermal Energy.


Prof. Laloui gave an interview with RTS this morning about the current status of geothermal energy in Switzerland in relation to its progression in other countries.

Prof. Laloui discussed how the challenges associated with geothermal energy are primarily technical and how the conditions in Iceland and Indonesia make geothermal energy exploitation easier than they would be in Switzerland. Additionally, he compares geothermal energy to other renewable energy sources, ranking it positively in terms of environmental impact and amount of available energy. The interview is available on RTS’s website.


Rances, 17 juillet 2018. Glissement de terrain, Dr Dimitrios Terzis. © Michel Duperrex

Pilot field tests of soil bioimprovement


Dr. D. Terzis preparing to bring bio-cement to Rances soil.

Rances in the north of Vaud suffered last year from the effects of large soil movement. Next September, Rances will become the new playground where MeduSoil technology will be tested as a remediation for this type of events. This is a decisive new step, after the technology has been extensively proven and tested in laboratory conditions. This new challenge will allow adapting bio-cementation to natural soils, slightly different from those tested earlier.

The new project coordinated by Dr. Terzis is already present in local media. Please find out more information in the articles published in Northern Vaud newspaper “La Région” and “La Liberté“.

Profile of Prof. Laloui in latest issue of 24 Heures


24 Heures have published a long piece devoted to the activities of Prof. Lyesse Laloui, head of the Laboratory of Soil Mechanics at EPFL

In this extensive article, the professional story of Professor Laloui, from the beginning in his homeland Algeria, up to his most recent success, the award of the Advanced ERC Grant, is detailed.

Please, find the ‘portrait’ of Professor Laloui here.

Photo: © Patrick Martin


CO2 geosequestration discussed between Prof. Laloui and Gaznat


In Gaznat’s transition towards meeting the modern energy needs of Switzerland, they hope to collaborate with EPFL researchers who specialize in relevant domains. Notably, Gaznat invited Prof. Lyesse Laloui to speak about how research done by his chair, Gaz Naturel Petrosvibri, could contribute the Gaznat’s future activities.

Specifically, Prof. Laloui discussed some of the major challenges facing CO2 geosequestration, a technology which could be vital in Switzerland’s transition away from nuclear as this may mean increased reliance on natural gas. Many of these challenges, such as cap rock stability, induced seismicity, and thermal effects are central research topics in Prof. Laloui’s lab. Despite these challenges, Prof. Laloui also highlighted some of the many advantages of CO2 geosequestration and pointed out that this is a tried and tested technology which should be strongly considered in Switzerland. Indeed, Prof. Laloui highlighted the potential for a pilot site in Jura.

Photo: © Gaznat


Soil mechanics – Innovative techniques


At the EPFL of Lausanne, the specialists of soil mechanics acquire a world reputation. Energy-foundations, CO2 sequestration and bio-cement for the ground. LMS is very active in the research and development of environmental friendly technologies.

Photo: ©  Keystone

Disposal of radioactive wastes


Interview of Professor Laloui for Migros Magazinel. Since 2006 it is forbidden to deliver our nuclear wastes abroad. The conefederation is therefore looking for waste disposal sites. But the public is concerned.

Picture: ©  Nigel Treblin/AP/Keystone

A bacterial powder for quickly stabilizing soils


EPFL’s Laboratory of Soil Mechanics has developed an easily reproducible technique using bacteria and urea to reinforce sandy or gravelly terrain. A series of chemical reactions lead to the rapid formation of mineral crystals that bind the ground particles together.

The ’24 heures’ explains the energy geostructure


The ’24 heures’ published an article to explain the functioning energy foundations. The application of environmentally friendly technologies that exploit renewable energy sources is key to follow international agreements and directives for the development of carbon neutral buildings and infrastractures. Energy geostructures are an innovative, multifunctionaltechnology that can be used to address the aforementioned challenge. By coupling the role of the ground structures with that of the geothermal heat exchangers, energy geostructures such as so-called energy piles, energy walls and energy tunnels can serve as structural supports as well as heating and cooling elements for buildings and infrastructures.

Caution on banks and in forest


Interview of Professeur Lyesse Laloui at the RTS on the risks during the period of flood reduction. During the period of flood reduction, the level of water reduces more quickly than the pore water pressures in the ground of banks, which makes the risk of instibiliy the highest.

Increase of natural hazards: who is the cause?


Professor Lyesse Laloui expressed his opinion on the relations cause-effect between extreme meteorological events and climate change in an interview for “l’Extension”. He noticed in particular the difficulty in establishing a direct relation between a particular event and the climate change. Moreover, he highlighted a concomitant cause, that is the development of the builded environment in zones more exposed to the natural hazards.

Identifying the right sites for storing radioactive waste


Recent advances in scientific research related to nuclear waste storage in Switzerland have been published by Homeland Security News Wire. The study was conducted at the Laboratory for Soil Mechanics of EPFL in the context of the PhD Thesis of Valentina Favero. The results of the research have provided significant help to advance on the site selection process for the construction of a nuclear waste repository in Switzerland.

EPFL considers CO2 storage


Prof. Lyesse Laloui gave an interview concerning CO2 storage. The interviw appeared on Terre & Nature the 9th of February 2017. Prof. Laloui explains the concept of CO2 storage and the progress of Switzerland in research related to this area.

Nuclear waste : Eternal question


Prof. Lyesse Laloui gave an interview to the “moustique” (belgian megazine) as expert on the stakes connected to the storage of nuclear wastes. If the burying of the nuclear wastes is the generally used technique today, the way remains an open question. Belgium plans to bury them at 200m of depth, which aroused the indignation of the ecologists. Prof. Laloui explains problems of a burying considered too superficial. Link to the article (in french).

With the radioactive wastes, the scale of time postpones


Prof. Lyesse Laloui gave an interview concerning the construction of sites for storing radioactive wastes. The interview, appeared on 24 heures and La Tribune de Genève, was made during a symposium organized by the Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne in Villars-sur-Ollon. To the program of discussions there was the question of the storage of nuclear wastes.

Exit of nuclear: what about the wastes?


The Prof. Lyesse Laloui gave an interview to the megazine “l’EXTENSION” concerning the problem of the nuclear waste storage in Switzerland. The article calls back the politics adopted by Switzerland regarding nuclear waste, as well as the socio-economic stakes. The Prof. Lyesse Laloui explains that a premature exit from nuclear power changes nothing at the level of waste. Link to the article.


How to store the CO2


Prof. Lyesse Laloui gave an interview to the television channel “La Télé” within the framework of the conference GHGT-13 which took place from 14 to 18 November at the Swiss Convention Center, et the EPFL. In the interview, Prof. Laloui recalls the well known consequences of the increase of CO2 in the atmosphere. The methods of capture and storage of CO2 are also explained. Link to the interview.

 LMS bio-cemented soils appear in the last issue of Tracés magazine.


European The last issue of Tracés, illustrating current questions and debates around the role of earth materials in construction, features an extended article on the activities of the LMS around the bio-cemented soils.

About 15 European journals explain to people research done at LMS on CO2 sequestration !


Not less than fifteen European journal have relayed the news launched by EPFL on July 1st 2016 entitled A new tool to ensure the safety of injecting CO2 underground.

A new tool to ensure the safety of onjecting CO2 underground


Dr. Li Chao has been questioned about CO2 sequestration, more particularly about simulations of the heave of  the rock base due to CO2 injection.

Comment changer le gaz en roche?


Le journal ‘Le Temps’ a publié un article concernant une nouvelle technologie pour la séquestration géologique du CO2. ‘Le Temps’ a demandé son opinion au Prof. Lyesse Laloui sur cette nouvelle technologie


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CO2 storage: an immediate solution for the climate


Professeur Lyesse Laloui a été interrogé par le magazine “L’Extension” concernant le stockage géologique du CO2. L’avenir, les enjeux et les risques du stockage de CO2 sont évoqués.

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Putting carbon back where it came from: underground


Will the future run entirely on renables? According to Lyesse Laloui, the Paris Climate Conference could be catalytic, but in the meantime, we may have to bury our CO2 emissions underground.

© 2015 EPFL

Store the summer heat in the building basement


The edition of May 21, 2015 of the journal “Terre&Nature” published an article on energy geostructures and the advances brought by the LMS in this sector.

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Where will nuclear waste go?


Dr. Alessio Ferrari interviewed by RSI Radiogiornale about the storage of nuclear waste in Switzerland (starting from 9’20”).

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Railway accident in Graubünden


As part of the train accident in Graubünden that occurred on August the 12th 2014, Laurent Tacher spoke about the difficulties in anticipating natural disasters at the 19:30 (RTS).

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Smart roads


Prof. Lyesse Laloui and the laboratory of Soil Mechanics are working on concepts that would lead to get “smart” roads.

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Thermal Piles under the SwissTech Convention Center


The SwissTech Convention Center of the EPFL will host sensors coming from the Laboratory of Soil Mechanics. Find out the article of the newspaper 24heures.

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Nuclear waste disposals in Switzerland


Dr. Alessio Ferrari has been interviewed by RSI RETE UNO about nuclear waste storage in Switzerland for the radio broadcast Modem.

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Where to store CO2?


Prof. Laloui has been interviewed by Babylone (RTS about nuclear waste storage in Switzerland (in french).

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Shale Gas


Discover the article about Shale Gas written by Efficience21. Prof. Lyesse Laloui takes advantage of the opportunity to take stoke of the situation about this sensitive subject.

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Soil reinforcement with bacteria


Lyesse Laloui has been interviewed on the CQFD radio broadcast to speak about his soil reinforcement researches with bacteria.

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Sequestering CO2 in underground


Interested in CO2 sequestration? Listen to the interview of Prof. Lyesse Laloui at RTS La 1ère that has been done on the 20th of August 2013 from 10 to 11am.

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“Les experts, des boucs émissaires?”


An article about the issue of responsibility for risk management has been published within the newspaper “Le Temps”. It relays the opinion of Lyesse Laloui in regard to L’Aquila’s earthquake.

© 2015 EPFL

Predicting the unpredictable


Article pubished by the EPFL newspaper Flash about the development by the Laboratory of Soil Mechanics of a tool that can reproduce the behavior of steep slopes when subjected to heavy precipitation.

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Chaire Gaz Naturel


The Chair “Gaz Naturel” is cited by the magazine Bilan as being at the top of the research regarding CO2 storage.

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RTS Interview about Landslides


Prof. Lyesse Laloui was the guest of the program CQFD, which is broadcasted on the Swiss radio RTS La 1ère, in order to present the tool developped by the LMS to alert in case of landslides.

© 2015 EPFL

Stabilization of La Frasse


L’Express published an article about the landslides within its April 25th 2013 issue. Laurent Tacher, hydrogeologist at the LMS, explains the stabilization at La Frasse.

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Deep Foundations Institut


The Deep Foundations Institut highlights within an article the increase of interest for deep foundations all around the world. The researches conducted by Prof Laloui are described as being pioneer in the field.

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Nuclear waste


What to do with nuclear waste? Interview of Prof Lyesse Laloui on RTS – La 1ère

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Geothermal energy


Geothermal energy and renewability: the Swiss case with interview of Dr. Laurent Tacher by the newspaper “Le Temps”.

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Lyesse Laloui’s interview


Interview of Prof. Laloui by the Swiss Engineering Magazine.

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Swiss concept of Nuclear waste disposal


Dr. Alessio Ferrari was invited at the Radio RSI to talk about the Swiss concept for nuclear waste disposals. (Interview in Italian)

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The Foundations Piles


An article published in Tracés about energy piles by A. Di Donna and L. Laloui (in French).

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Extracting the heat from the ground


Extracting the heat from the ground, an article published by the Swiss Italian newspaper “La Regione Ticino”.

© 2015 EPFL

Nuclear waste storage Swiss solutions


Prof. Laloui was interviewed by Radio Chablais about nuclear waste storage solution investigated in Switzerland (in french).

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Nuclear waste storage Conference of Lyesse Laloui


Prof. Laloui gave a conference about nuclear waste storage in Sion.

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How will Swiss radioactive waste be disposed of?


The question has been asked to the researchers of the Laboratory of Soil Mechanics from the EPFL. Discover the interview made by Mediacom.

© 2015 EPFL

The EPFL wants to bury CO2


Read to article written by the Swiss newspaper “24heures” (in french).

© 2015 EPFL

“Les Richesses du Sol”


The soil allows many things. Flash, the EPFL magazine, published an article about the Laboratory of Soil Mechanics (in french).