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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 seven 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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Urbio raises Two Million Dollars

— Urbio, an EPFL Valais Wallis spin-off who develops software to help energy providers plan the energy transition globally, has raised $2M in a pre-seed round.

Chercheur à l'EPFL, Nicola Deluigi étudie l'évolution des cours d'eau de montagne en lien avec le changement climatique. © 2021 Sabine Papilloud/Le Nouvelliste

EPFL Valais étudie l'impact du changement climatique sur les rivières

— En simulant les prédictions climatiques dans une installation au fond du val Ferret, l’EPFL étudie le comportement des algues et des bactéries présentes dans les cours d’eau.

Photography of the demonstrator Electromobilis installed in Martigny ©LEPA, 2016

Charging stations can combine hydrogen production and energy storage

— EPFL scientists have developed a new system that addresses two top priorities of the energy transition: clean hydrogen production and large-scale energy storage. Their technology could be particularly useful in transportation applications.

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EPFL researchers put technology to work for the global South

— Tech4Dev, an EPFL program to develop technology that addresses the specific needs and living conditions of communities in the developing world, has announced four new winning projects for its research grants. Researchers from EPFL’s EssentialTech Centre and Laboratory for Functional Inorganic Materials (LFIM), led by Prof. Wendy Queen at EPFL Valais, have teamed up with SolidarMed, a Swiss non-profit organization, to develop Coldbox – an electricity-free cold container for transporting and storing vaccines over several weeks.

Picture of the Arctic taken from the sky. © Paul Zieger,

Modeling polar processes in the global climate system

— A new project maps the role of polar sea ice and snow in the global climate system. Julia Schmale, a tenure-track assistant professor at EPFL, is part of the research team.

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