Materials News

The Institute of Materials Science is now ranked #6 worldwide

Two programs are now ranked in the top ten worldwide. According to the most recent QS World University Rankings, the Institute of Materials Science is now ranked #6 up from #10, and the Institute of Electrical Engineering is now ranked #9 up from #16. The Institute of Mechanical Engineering has moved up 9 positions to ...

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MT180: First place for the artificial ligaments of Alvaro Charlet

The winner of the fourth annual My Thesis in 180 Seconds competition, held last night at the Rolex Forum, was Alvaro Charlet – a PhD student in materials science. In just three minutes he explained to the 600 people in the audience how his hydrogels receipes could one day replace ligaments in the human body. ...

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A self-healing composite

Researchers from EPFL’s Laboratory for Processing of Advanced Composites have developed a material that can easily heal after being damaged. This cutting-edge composite could be used in aircraft, wind turbines, cars and sports equipment. (Click to read on)… ...

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Prof. Fabien Sorin receives ERC Proof of Concept Grant

Proof of Concept grants, worth up to €150,000 each and open to ERC grant holders, can be used, for example, to establish intellectual property rights, investigate business opportunities or conduct technical validation. Prof. Sorin works on “SenFlex: the first truly smart and flexible fiber sensor” project. ...

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Prof. Nicola Marzari receives IBM Faculty Award for curated datasets

Nicola Marzari, head of the Laboratory of theory and simulation of materials (THEOS) and director of the NCCR MARVEL has been granted an IBM Faculty Award—the first given to an EPFL professor—for the project “Curated Datasets on Demand”. The IBM Faculty Awards is a competitive worldwide program intended to foster collaboration between researchers at leading ...

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