Research

EPFL is home to over 350 laboratories and research groups, each working at the forefront of science and technology. We have a goal to better understand our world and we aim to improve it.
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A diverse, committed and stimulating research community

Across its several campuses, EPFL has a diverse, committed and stimulating research community that is active over a wide spectrum of quantitative and design-focused disciplines. To foster trans-disciplinary research we launch strategic initiatives such as the Blue Brain Project, the Swiss Plasma Centre or the Venice Time Machine. We address critical areas such as data science, personalised health, biomedical engineering, energy, robotics and advanced manufacturing, to engage in crucial societal challenges while ensuring that Switzerland remains at the cutting edge of modern technology. Our research community and the science it produces are open to the world: we share the knowledge that we produce, we engage the general public and we have many collaborations and partnerships with other institutions and research laboratories.

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6’060

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Liquid flow is influenced by a quantum effect in water

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Researchers at EPFL have discovered that the viscosity of solutions of electrically charged polymers dissolved in water is influenced by a quantum effect. This tiny quantum effect influences the way water molecules interact with one another. Yet, it can lead to drastic changes in large-scale observations. This effect could change the way scientists understand the properties and behavior of solutions of biomolecules in water, and lead to a better understanding of biological systems.

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Research domains

Find all institutes and centers and explore our fields of research.

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EPFL faculty

With almost 350 faculty members, EPFL is proud to host top researchers from all over the world.

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Awards and prizes

EPFL researchers are rewarded for the excellence of their scientific output by many organisations.

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Collaborate with our researchers

Find out how to collaborate with EPFL researchers.

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Take a look at the services offered by our research infrastructures.

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Access our technology

Explore our available technologies, including patents and software, for commercial use.

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Ethics

EPFL is strongly committed to ethics compliance in all research activities.

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Services to EPFL laboratories

Our central services support EPFL laboratories in their research activities.

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Open Science

EPFL’s vision is to promote open and reproducible research.

EPFL Data Champions

The EPFL cross-disciplinary community around research data.