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At the heart of the EPFL Valais Wallis project is a research institute in Sion with a major focus on renewable energy, sustainable chemistry, materials for environmental protection and also with a strong focus on analytical chemistry. There are five research laboratories headed by professors who are also affiliated to the Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering at the main EPFL campus in Lausanne. Up to 200 researchers, comprising master project students, PhD students, postdocs and research fellows, are based in Sion. Those interested in conducting research in Sion should contact the professors directly, and doctoral students also need to apply to the Doctoral School. Research activities are supported by General Services, including analytical platforms, workshops and chemical stores. The links on this page should help to provide a more detailed perspective of some of the exciting research undertaken in Sion in the chemical sciences and engineering.


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Appointment of two professors at ENAC

— Professor Martin Ackermann, currently Full Professor at ETH Zurich, is additionally appointed as Full Professor of Microbial Systems Ecology in the ENAC School. Professor Jérôme Chappellaz, currently Director of Research at the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France, will join the ENAC School as Full Professor of Environmental Engineering (Environmental Observation under Extreme Conditions), in Sion.

The polluted warm air-mass photographed on April 15, 2020 by the EPFL researcher. © J. Schmale

A warm intrusion in the Arctic causes extreme pollution levels

— During the MOSAiC research expedition, conducted in the Arctic pack ice between 2019 and 2020, EPFL Valais Wallis scientists observed an atmospheric perturbation triggered by the intrusion of a highly polluted warm air-mass. A first study providing further insight into the phenomenon and its potential implications has just been published.

Emad Oveisi © Alain Herzog 2022 EPFL

Emad Oveisi receives the Rodolphe and Renée Haenny Prize

— The Rodolphe and Renée Haenny Foundation will award its prize in November to Emad Oveisi, research and teaching associate at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Electron Microscopy of the School of Engineering.

Espace "Comment ça marche ?" © Alain Herzog / 2022 EPFL

Le festival Scientastic a enchanté le public valaisan

— Scientastic, le festival des sciences de l’EPFL, a eu lieu ce weekend à Sion. Organisé autour de la thématique de l'environnement, il a permis aux adolescents, aux adultes et aux enfants de mieux comprendre l’impact des sciences et des technologies sur notre quotidien.

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Modern-day alchemists

— The “El Dorado 2.0 – unlock the gold in your pocket” project has won the 2022 Agora Optimus prize. The project highlights the importance of recycling electronic waste to recover gold.

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