February 2018

A 12 million franc donation to create a Center for Artificial Muscles

Thanks to a donation from the Werner Siemens-Foundation, EPFL will set up a Center for Artificial Muscles, collaborating initially with the University Hospital of Bern (Inselspital) and then with the University Hospital of Zurich. The first project, slated to span the next four years, will focus on developing a less invasive cardiac assistance system for treating heart failure. This prosthetic device – a ring around the aorta – will avoid the complications of hemorrhaging and thrombosis because it will not be in contact with blood. A facial-reconstruction project aimed at restoring patients’ ability to create facial expressions will follow.

The quantum waltz of electrons hints at the next generation of chips

EPFL researchers have successfully measured some of the quantum properties of electrons in two-dimensional semiconductors. This work in the field of spintronics could one day lead to chips that are not only smaller but that also generate less heat.

A drone for last-centimeter delivery

A new drone developed at EPFL uses cutting-edge technology to deliver parcels weighing up to 500 grams. The device will never get stuck in traffic, it’s programmed to avoid obstacles, and it can reach destinations on the steep or uneven terrain. Its protective cage and foldable design mean that it can be carried around in a backpack and used in total safety.

Using artificial intelligence to advance personalized medicine

Opened less than a year ago, the Swiss Data Science Center – a joint initiative between EPFL and ETH Zurich – has already launched eight research projects in fields ranging from personalized medicine and environmental protection to open science. Each project brings together experts from several disciplines to join forces in tackling some of society’s biggest challenges.

Smart buildings that can manage our electricity needs

Researchers at EPFL have developed a system that can be installed in a building to collect data on people’s energy usage. The aim is then to send this data directly to a smart electric grid that will allocate resources optimally.

Using gold nanoparticles to destroy viruses

EPFL researchers have created nanoparticles that attract viruses and, using the pressure resulting from the binding process, destroy them. This revolutionary approach could lead to the development of broad-spectrum antiviral drugs. 

School of Engineering awarded two ERC Consolidator Grants

Professors Camille Brès and Georg Fantner, from EPFL’s School of Engineering, have both been awarded European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grants. These highly prestigious grants are designed to support young researchers with seven to twelve years of experience who have a solid track record and a top-notch research project.


Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Thermal Science

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