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Scientists create new lead-free piezoelectric materials

EPFL researchers have discovered that gadolinium-doped cerium oxide, a compound they created in the lab, could be a promising alternative to certain piezoelectric materials: it has the same proprieties yet may be 100 times more effective. It’s also lead-free, unlike the best piezoelectric materials, which means that it could be employed in bio-compatible medical applications. ...

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EPFL spin-off develops protein to boost immunotherapy

EPFL spin-off Leman Biotech has developed a protein that can improve the effectiveness of immunotherapy drugs used to treat some types of cancer. The firm has just completed its first funding round, in the amount of $11 million. (Click to read on)… ...

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Sylvie Roke, new member of the SAWT

Professor Sylvie Roke, head of the Laboratory for Fundamental BioPhotonics, (LBP) and Diretor of the Bioengineering institute in the School of Engineering, has been elected new member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SAWT). (Click to read on)… ...

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“Teaching is a civil service for the community”

Dragan Damjanovic was named best teacher in the materials science section in 2021. And now, after serving for over 30 years as an EPFL professor, he’s retiring. We spoke with him about the one thing that’s meant the most to him throughout his career: teaching. (Click to read on)… ...

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Marianne Liebi receives an award from the HZB association

Professor Marianne Liebi from the School of Engineering has been awarded the Innovation Prize for Synchrotron Radiation 2021 by the association of Friends of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB).Professor Marianne Liebi from the School of Engineering has been awarded the Innovation Prize for Synchrotron Radiation 2021 by the association of Friends of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB). ...

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Rigidifying cancer cells for better immunotherapy

EPFL scientists have found that stiffening the membranes of cancer cells can lead to improved immunotherapy outcomes. Preclinical tests show that it can increase long-term survival rates to nearly 50%. (Click to read on)… ...

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Sylvie Roke and Aleksandra Radenovic Elected Fellow of the Optica

Professor Sylvie Roke, head of the Laboratory for fundamental BioPhotonics (LBP) at EPFL’s School of Engineering, and professor Aleksandra Radenovic, head of the Laboratory of Nanoscale Biology (LBEN), have been elected Fellow Member of the Optical Society (Optica) at the Society’s recent Board of Directors meeting (Click to read on)… ...

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