Materials News

Self-healing composites extend a product’s lifespan

School of Engineering’s spin-off CompPair has developed a family of composites that can repair themselves in just a few minutes when heat (100°C to 150°C) is applied locally. The firm has just completed its first fundraising round. (Click to read on)… ...

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Mini-fuel cell delivers maximum performance

EPFL startup INERGIO has just unveiled a prototype for a lightweight, eco-friendly, high-performance fuel cell that can supply energy in situations where there’s no power grid. Its system can be used to run delivery drones, weather stations, environmental sensors, telecommunication antennae and even campsites. (Click to read on)… ...

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Water influences the stickiness of Hyaluronan

Hyaluronic acid, also known as hyaluronan, is a polysaccharide that helps establish the viscosity of bodily fluids. According to a new study by EPFL scientists, it also influences the behavior of far more water molecules than previously thought. Their findings – just published in Science Advances – open new avenues of research on the role ...

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La vie secrète des matériaux

Pourquoi le verre est-il transparent? Pourquoi un trombone en métal se plie-t-il facilement contrairement à un clou? Les matériaux qui nous entourent recèlent de nombreux mystères. L’ingénieur Mark Miodownik dresse le portrait intime et plein d’humour d’une dizaine de matériaux dans l’ouvrage “La vie secrète des matériaux” traduit en français dans la collection Quanto de ...

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New light on cellular hydration

Researchers from EPFL’s Institute of Bioengineering and the University of Geneva have teamed up to develop new tools for studying water flow across cell membranes. (Click to read on)… ...

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