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Measuring ethanol’s deadly twin

18-Sep-2019

ETH researchers have developed an inexpensive, handheld measuring device that can distinguish between methanol and potable alcohol. It offers a simple, quick method of detecting adulterated or contaminated alcoholic beverages and is able to diagnose methanol poisoning in exhaled breath. Methanol ...

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Climeworks AG and Antecy B.V. are joining forces

10-Sep-2019

Climeworks AG and Antecy B.V. share the same goal of removing climate-relevant amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere and joining forces renders this goal more achievable. The combination of their technologies will result in even more powerful solutions for both carbon dioxide removal, as well as ...

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Silicon as a semiconductor: silicon carbide would be much more efficient

09-Sep-2019

In power electronics, semiconductors are based on the element silicon – but the energy efficiency of silicon carbide would be much higher. Physicists of the University of Basel, the Paul Scherrer Institute and ABB explain what exactly is preventing the use of this combination of silicon and ...

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3D printing of silicone components

22-Aug-2019

ETH spin-off Spectroplast has developed a method to make silicone products using a 3D printer. The young company now plans to bring to market customised medical products such as hearing aids, breast prosthesis for breast cancer patients and eventually even artificial heart valves. Their ultimate ...

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ABB names Björn Rosengren as CEO

13-Aug-2019

The Board of ABB has unanimously appointed Björn Rosengren, as Chief Executive Officer. He will join ABB on February 1, 2020 and succeed CEO, Peter Voser, in this role on March 1, 2020. At that time Peter Voser will revert to his position at ABB solely as Chairman of the Board. Björn Rosengren ...

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Self healing robots that "feel pain"

12-Aug-2019

Over the next three years, researchers from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, University of Cambridge, École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de la ville de Paris (ESPCI-Paris) and Empa will be working together with the Dutch Polymer manufacturer SupraPolix on the next generation ...

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How light steers electrons in metals

09-Aug-2019

ETH physicists have measured how electrons in so-called transition metals get redistributed within a fraction of an optical oscillation cycle. They observed the electrons getting concentrated around the metal atoms within less than a femtosecond. This regrouping might influence important ...

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A catalyst for sustainable methanol

01-Aug-2019

Scientists at ETH Zurich and oil and gas company Total have developed a new catalyst that converts CO2 and hydrogen into methanol. Offering realistic market potential, the technology paves the way for the sustainable production of fuels and chemicals. The global economy still relies on the fossil ...

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Chemical distributor OQEMA is growing in Switzerland

OQEMA is expanding its European network with a new location in Switzerland

30-Jul-2019

Up until recently, the OQEMA Group was represented in Switzerland with a branch in Stansstad on the banks of Lake Lucerne, which primarily promoted contract business around the globe. With the new branch in Basel-Landschaft, this business will be complemented by that of a traditional ...

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Adding a polymer stabilizes collapsing metal-organic frameworks

22-Jul-2019

Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are a special class of sponge-like materials with nano-sized pores. The nanopores lead to record-breaking internal surface areas, up to 7800 m2 in a single gram. This feature makes MOFs extremely versatile materials with multiple uses, such as separating ...

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