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21.12.2016 | Publications

Aerogels and the Wonders of the Universe

Felix Rechberger and Prof. Markus Niederberger publish a review article on aerogels which is featured on the inside front cover of Nanoscale Horizons and is highlighted in the series 'Under the Covers' by the Royal Society of Chemistry. Read more 

03.11.2016 | Publications

Ceramics 3D Printed from Foams

Researchers from the Complex Materials group have used an additive manufacturing process to print an extremely porous ceramic component. Manufacturing a material of this kind with a 3D printer is a considerable achievement. Read more 

25.10.2016 | Publications

Topological Polymer Chemistry Enters Surface Science: Linear versus Cyclic Polymer Brushes

Topological effects by cyclic polymers are enhanced in the confinement of a flat surface: a research team led by Dr. Edmondo M. Benetti have demonstrated that cyclic polyoxazoline brushes provide higher steric stabilization with respect to their linear analogues, and display super-lubricious behavior in water. Read more 

09.09.2016 | Publications

Self-assembly of Nanoparticles and their Potential as Drug Delivery Vehicles

Authors present a rationally designed nanoparticle (NP) formulation that mimics a liposome outer bilayer but can help achieve a uniform size through a bottom up synthetic approach afforded by an inorganic NP scaffold at its core. Read more 

17.08.2016 | Publications

Reversible optical switching of antiferromagnetism in TbMnO3

Antiferromagnetism is magnetic order, yet without a macroscopic magnetization as in iron. The absence of the field has interesting technological potential, but it also makes the antiferromagnetic state harder to control and set in a certain direction. Light, however, can do this if antiferromagnets from a special class of materials called multiferroics are selected. Read more 

05.08.2016 | Publications

Solid Batteries Improve Safety

Researchers at the Eectrochemical Group of Prof. Jennifer Rupp have developed a lithium-ion battery made entirely of solid material: it contains neither liquids nor gels. The battery cannot ignite, even at very high temperatures, giving it a safety advantage over conventional batteries. In addition, they allow new forms of battery design. Read more 

05.07.2016 | Publications

Magnetically Aligned Graphite Electrodes for High-rate Performance Li-ion Batteries

Materials researchers from the Battery Materials group at the Swiss Paul Scherrer Institute PSI in Villigen and the Complex Material group at the ETH Zurich have developed a very simple and cost-effective procedure for significantly enhancing the performance of conventional Li-ion rechargeable batteries. Read more 

31.05.2016 | Publications

Modeling of Polymer Structure and Conformations in Polymer Nanocomposites from Atomistic to Mesoscale: A Review

Over the past two decades polymer nanocomposites have received tremendous interest from industry and academia due to their advanced properties comparative to polymer blends. In this article computer simulation studies of the fundamental problem of homopolymers structure and dimensions in nanocomposites containing bare or grafted spherical or rod nanoparticles are reviewed. Read more 

22.04.2016 | Publications

Solid-solid Phase Transitions via Melting in Metals

A solid-solid phase transition via an intermediate liquid state has been identified in colloidal systems, but the universality of the phenomenon at atomic scales has not yet been proved, mainly due to experimental constraints. In a recent Nature Communications manuscript, researchers at the Laboratory of Metal Physics and Technolog (LMPT) have now demonstrated via fast differential scanning calorimetry that a similar transition also occurs in metallic systems. Read more 

08.04.2016 | Publications

Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings Article: "New Wonder Materials – From Lab Specimens to Everyday Items"

It was sixteen years ago that physicist Nicola Spaldin discovered a brand new class of materials: multiferroics. To this day, little more is known about them, even in academic circles. Yet they feature a number of indisputable qualities. Read more 

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