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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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La structure externe de l'éponge moléculaire s'apparente à de la poudre noire. Ce composite est capable de capter l'or présent dans l'eau. ©Sacha Bittel 2022

Une éponge qui récupère l'or dans l'eau

— Créée en 2018 dans les laboratoires de l’EPFL Valais Wallis, l’éponge moléculaire capable de récupérer les résidus d’or contenus dans les eaux usées vient de terminer sa phase de test. Un projet pilote ainsi qu’une start-up devraient prochainement être lancés sur le campus Energypolis de Sion.

Dans trente ans, Sion se voit plus verte.© 2022 Sabine Papilloud

1 semaine, 1 ville: ces 4 projets qui vont changer le visage de Sion

— Dans dix ans, le visage de la capitale aura changé. Sion se développe vers le sud et l’est. Elle se veut aussi plus verte et résolument tournée vers le savoir et l’innovation. Focus sur quatre projets cruciaux pour le futur de la ville. Avec l’arrivée de l’EPFL Valais Wallis et la nouvelle implantation à ses côtés de la HES-SO Valais, Sion se positionne comme ville étudiante et d’innovation.

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Increasing efficiency in artificial photosynthesis

— Chemical engineers at EPFL Valais Wallis have developed a new approach to artificial photosynthesis, a method for harvesting solar energy that produces hydrogen as a clean fuel from water.

Vincent Hiroz © Yves-Bochatay

Vincent Hiroz named new operational director of EPFL Valais Wallis

— On 1 March 2022, Vincent Hiroz will become the new operational director of EPFL’s Valais Wallis campus. He will take over from Marc-André Berclaz, who is retiring.

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EPFL Tech Launchpad award two new Ignition grant

— We are proud to announce that Emissium from EPFL Valais Wallis and Consulto, have each been awarded a CHF 30,000 Ignition grant as part of EPFL’s Tech Launchpad – a leading incubator dedicated to supporting groundbreaking and innovative startups.

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