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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.


© Lionel Favre / 2023 EPFL

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.

© RTS - Sarah Dirren

Discover the Institut de recherche sur lʹenvironnement

— Discovering the ALPOLE Institute for Research on the Alpine and Polar Environment at EPFL Valais Wallis Sion.


Ultrathin films achieve record hydrogen separation

— Scientists at EPFL Valais Wallis have synthesized the first ever metal-organic frameworks membrane with thickness of just one unit cell. The ultrathin film yields record-high separation performance of hydrogen–nitrogen.

Sascha Feldmann

Sascha Feldmann newly appointed PATT at the School of Basic Sciences

— At its meeting of 20-21 September 2023, the ETH Board has appointed Dr Sascha Feldmann as a new Tenure Track Assistant Professor at the School of Basic Sciences (SB).

The new building houses the Alpine and Polar Environmental Research Centre. © Olivier Maire

EPFL plans new research center in Valais on the energy transition

— Ten years after signing the agreement to open its Valais Wallis campus in Sion, today EPFL opened a new building on the campus: Alpole, which will serve as a research center on alpine and polar environments. EPFL also took the opportunity to unveil plans to create another research center in Sion – one focused on the energy transition – and has obtained preliminary approval from the Valais cantonal government.

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