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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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EPFL to create six new research chairs in Valais by 2032

— EPFL and the Valais Cantonal Government signed a third amendment to their agreement today in Sion, officially launching the third phase of EPFL’s expansion into the region. The two parties will pool their resources to create a new teaching, research and innovation hub devoted to the energy transition, with the goal of contributing to technological advancement in Switzerland and abroad. EPFL will set up six additional research chairs at the EPFL Valais Wallis campus, including two funded by the Canton of Valais.

The EPFL demonstrator aims to capture CO2 emissions at source and value them. © iStock

How EPFL will make the most of its carbon emissions

— By supporting a large-scale research project for carbon capture, utilization and storage, EPFL will shrink its carbon footprint while giving a boost to emerging technology.

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Inauguration of the New TEM at EPFL Valais Wallis

— EPFL Valais Wallis and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Electron Microscopy of EPFL (CIME) inaugurate a new high-end Transmission Electron Microscope at the EPFL Valais Wallis campus.

A glacier in Ecuador studied by the "Vanishing Glaciers" project. © EPFL/Vincent de Stark

Glacier shrinkage is causing a “green transition”

— Glacier-fed streams are undergoing a process of profound change, according to EPFL Valais Wallis scientists in a paper appearing in Nature Geoscience. This conclusion is based on the expeditions to the world’s major mountain ranges by members of the Vanishing Glaciers project.

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A summer of intense field-work for the GreenFjord project

— GreenFjord is a four-year research program intended to investigate how climate change is affecting ecosystems in southern Greenland. The scientists just completed a first intensive field season where they won over the local residents. The next step will be to analyze the millions of datapoints they collected.

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