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Photonics Day - December 10th - EPFL


24h d'InnovARC - 13 & 14 November - suscribe now !


Business Day du CSEM: From Big Data to Smart Data - suscribe now!


Nanolive - Win a 3D lab Cell Explorer


Next events in April are Medtech Europe and SIAMS in Moutier - see you there !


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Micro Nano Magazine III is now online


Micronarc's team wish you all the best for 2018


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Micro Nano Magazine III : coming beginning of February 2018


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Neode Prize 2017 - Josep SolĂ  wins a cheque for 50'000 CHF


BioAlps Networking Day


TOP 100 best swiss startups


Richemont hosted in Microcity - Neuchâtel with a new innovation pool


Workshop EMC- Electromagnetic Compatibility


Micro Nano Magazine III : coming for 2018


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mAm - Micronarc Alpine Meeting 2017 - a great succes!


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Solarstratos plans to develop solar drones


Technopolis 2017 - January 31st, 2017 - Don't forget to register!


BCN Prize - submission until January 31st, 2017


Next 4 to 6 BioAlps - February 16st, 2017


Conference "Smart products for automated transportation"


Nanolive and Xsensio: winners of the Swisscom Startup challenge 2016


Congratulation to Nanolive and Xsensio. They are the winners of the Swisscom Startup challenge 2016. To read more,click the link below

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Biowatch is one of the ten finalists of theSwisscom Startup challenge


You can find Biowatch in our Micro-nano Mag 2016 - see pages 14 & 15

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If you want to know more about MassChallenge and the swiss start up finalists, have a look to the link below

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mAm - Micronarc Alpine Meeting 2016 - starting on Sunday!


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Micronarc Booth at Nanotech2015 Tokyo


Micronarc was once again an organising partner at the Swiss Pavilion at Nanotech Tokyo (Jan. 28 - 30), along with co-exhibitors TRIMOS, EMPA (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology) and the Swiss Nanoscience Institute - SNI. 

Here's a lighthearted look at the similarities between the Tokyo Big Sight and Switzerland !!



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mAm 2015 comes to an end .. another successful conference !


The sixth edition of the Micronarc Alpine Meeting, mAm 2015, came to end in Villars-sur-Ollon on Feb. 3. Despite the slick, snowy conditions and a few speakers battling a flu bug, the annual Micronarc conference maintained a high technical level and provided 2 days of high-powered microtech networking in the Alps. 75 participants from both industry and adacemia participated at the 6th edition.

A photo gallery is available here: 

Full program is available here: 


Dates have already been announced for the 7th edition – mAm 2016 !!

January 31 - February 2, 2016






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White solar modules: a revolution for building integration


Neuchâtel/Switzerland, 28 October 2014 - CSEM announces the world's first white solar modules. This innovative technology is particularly attractive to the building industry where solar elements can blend into a building's skin and become virtually hidden energy sources. Applications in the consumer goods sector are also expected.

For more information, please see the link below the video.


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Micronarc Micro & Nano Mag now on-line !!


The Micronarc Micro & Nano Mag is available online !  

Download the PDF by clicking on the cover. 


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CSEM invites "Moonwalker", hosts prestigious conference.


On the way to space - stellar inspiration from three world-renowned astronauts

Under the banner "MARS and beyond: ventures to the frontiers of science" and as part of its 30-years' anniversary celebrations, CSEM invited 200 clients, industrial partners, and peers to an exclusive and prestigious conference. Three world-renowned astronauts from Russia, the United States, and Switzerland shared their experiences of space and discussed, with representatives of industry and academia, the future of manned, interplanetary missions such as the Mars expedition scheduled for 2030 and beyond.

Questioned about the relationship between a company specializing in micro-components and the often huge devices and equipment needed for extra-terrestrial missions, Mario El-Khoury, CEO of CSEM and conference host, answered: "Behind every giant instrument, there are a lot of microtechnological marvels. CSEM's competencies match the very demanding standards of the space industry and contribute to fostering Switzerland's reputation in high-precision instrumentation."

Complete story at the link below.


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CMi Annual Review Meeting - register now!


EPFL - MicroNanoFabrication Annual Review Meeting

The Networking Forum

- presenting research achievements of the past year

- encouraging interaction among professors, researchers, students, and industry partners

- 15th edition

Date : Tuesday May 6th, 2014

Time : 09h30 - 17h00

Place : EPFL, Forum Rolex Learning Center, RLC E1 240

Program:   (see link below for complete information)

- 11 invited speakers 

- 204 posters presented by the authors

The posters show the research projects realized during the last 12 months in the EPFL Center of MicroNanoTechnology (CMi).

The scope of the forum is Micro & Nano Fabrication Techniques used in the following fields:

- Micro and Nanoelectronics (Soft Bioelectronic, 3D Integration, Nanowires, High-Q Resonators, New materials, ...)

- Biomedical Applications (Microfluidics, Microelectrodes, Lab on a Chip, Probes, BioMicroNanoSystems, ...)

- MEMS, NEMS (Sensors and Actuators, Motors, Tweezers, Artificial Muscles, Micro and Nanomechanics, ...)

- Optics (Nanophotonics, Optomechanics, Photonic Crystals, MOEMS, Optofluidics, ...)

- Nanostructure Physics (VCSELs, Quantum Opto-Electronics, III/V Devices, Nanotubes, Nanowires, Nanomechanics, ...)

- Material Sciences (Photovoltaic Materials, Piezoelectric materials, Nanoparticles, Energy Harvesting, Micro Fuel Cells, ...)

- Fabrication Technologies (Lithography, Etching, Thin Films, ALD, EBEAM, CMP, Self assembly, Inkjet Printing, PDMS, ...) - Metrology and Defect Analysis (SEM, FIB, Ellipsometry, Reflectometry, AFM, EDX, Stress, Conductivity, ...)

- Packaging and Assembly (Grinding, Wire Bonding, Encapsulation, ...)


More than 450 people attended the previous edition, including :

- professors,

- industrials,

- researchers,

- students.


The meeting is organized by the EPFL Center of MicroNanoTechnology (CMi)

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The SwissTech Convention Center, a lab for conferences of the future


03.04.14 - The SwissTech Convention Center, which opened on April 3rd, is one of the most modern and best equipped conference centers in the world. With this new tool that makes it possible to organize the most ambitious meetings, EPFL reaffirms its strong position at the heart of Europe’s scientific community. Funded by two Credit Suisse real estate funds, the building and the Northern Quarter in which it stands were planned and carried out by HRS Real Estate SA according to plans by the architectural firm Richter Dahl Rocha & Associés SA in Lausanne. In a world first, a solar photovoltaic facade composed of “Grätzel cells” has been installed with the support of Romande Energie.

For more information, please follow the link below.


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Baselworld closes, over 150'000 attendees.


Baselworld 2014 came to a close today having once again succeeded in bringing together around 150,000 attendees (including representatives from exhibiting companies, buyers, journalists and other visitors) from every continent, underlining its position as the most important marketplace and trend-setting event for the world's watch and jewellery industry.

Full media releases in several languages are available at the link below.


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Logitech Joins the EPFL “Under One Roof” Project


10.02.14 - The Swiss firm, whose European headquarters are located in EPFL's Innovation Park, has given a substantial support to the Pavillions that are to be built on Place Cosandey.

Sharing in the excitement of the development of the EPFL campus, Logitech announced today that it will donate CHF 1 million to the innovative “Under One Roof” project, which unites an experimental Art & Sciences space and a demonstration pavilion under a single roof to connect science and culture. 

“Our collaboration with the EPFL stems from Logitech’s early days,” said Bracken Darrell, Logitech president and chief executive officer. “Now, every day, thanks to our office’s presence in the EPFL Innovation Park, we enjoy being part of this vibrant international campus. Our team is continually inspired by EPFL’s high-achieving students, world-class professors and groundbreaking projects. Taking this step to further support the growing EPFL ecosystem, is very natural for Logitech.



For the complete story, please follow the link below.

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CSEM is rewarded with the 2nd European Innovation Prize


For the fifth time, EARTO, the European Association of Research and Technology Organizations, established in Brussels, awarded the European Innovation Prize 2013. The EARTO Innovation Prize is awarded, on the basis of an open competition adjudicated by an independent jury, to one or several members of EARTO in recognition of its contribution to an innovation of significant economic and/or social impact. 

"We are honored by the award given to CSEM" says Georges Kotrotsios, member of the CSEM Executive Board, who accepted the prize during the ceremony in Brussels. "Just as quartz crystal resonators revolutionized timepiece design 40 years ago, silicon micro-components produced through wafer-level fabrication are distinguishing a new generation of high-performance watches and rejuvenating the watch industry".

Watchmaking is one of the rare industrial sectors to show continuous growth today. This growth is propelled by the image of innovation: introducing silicon, a material usually dedicated to microelectronics and micro devices, makes possible improved performance and new architectures, and contributes decisively to the image of an innovative industry.

For the compelte story, please see the press release at the link below.


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EPFL: Faculty Position in Multi-scale Manufacturing Technologies


The Institute of Microengineering (IMT) within the School of Engineering at EPFL invites applications for a faculty position at the level of tenured professor or tenure-track assistant professor in multi-scale manufacturing technologies for its Neuchâtel site. This new position is aimed at reinforcing the leading position of the Swiss microengineering industry by giving it the means to further strengthen its competitiveness by continuous innovation.

Interested applicants can find complete information on the web site of the EPFL at the link below.



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CSEM signs cooperation agreement with CERN


Neuchâtel/Geneva, 22 May 2013 - CSEM and CERN are joining forces to pursue and strengthen scientific and technical cooperation between the two organisations in the field of high energy physics with a view to improving the performance of CERN's new particle accelerator - the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

Combining CERN's scientific know-how with CSEM's technological expertise, the aim of the cooperation is to develop silicon microstructures for cooling the surfaces of particle tracking detectors. Standard cooling systems in particle physics generally suffer complications linked to the difference in thermal expansion coefficients between the various components - a difference that can result in irreversible damage such as cracks or breaks. Temperature control is therefore a major challenge in efforts to prevent aging or premature deterioration of the detectors and their electronic components.

CERN, known worldwide for its fundamental research in the field of particle physics, has already developed a microchannel cooling technology that permits better temperature control on particle detectors. CSEM, meanwhile, has undisputed expertise in the area of microsystems technology, covering the various aspects of microfabrication, assembly and encapsulation. The alliance between the two organisations therefore holds a lot of promise for the future.

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Sensimed reports outcomes of clinical studies of Triggerfish®


Sensimed announces scientific presentations on the SENSIMED Triggerfish® system at the 2013 meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO).


Lausanne, April 23rd 2013 – Sensimed AG, announced today that 10  scientific publications reporting outcomes of clinical studies investigating the use of SENSIMED Triggerfish® will be presented at ARVO 2013. The company developed the SENSIMED Triggerfish®, a revolutionary contact lens for the continuous recording of the 24-hour intraocular pressure (IOP) pattern to facilitate the management of glaucoma.


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The camera to the infinitesimal is exported to Asia


04.03.13 - Attolight, EPFL’s spin-off, is looking towards the rising sun. While a Singapore based research institute has placed its first order, other sales are being approved in China and a contract with a Japanese distributor is under negotiation. Samuel Sonderegger is the CEO of this young company created in 2008, and he reveals to us the secrets of his entry into the Asian market.

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EPFL: New world record efficiency for thin film silicon solar cells


EPFL's Institute of Microengineering has reached a remarkable 10.7% efficiency single-junction microcrystalline silicon solar cell, clearly surpassing the previous world record of 10.1% held by the Japanese company Kaneka Corporation since 1998. Such significant efficiency, independently certified by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE CalLab PV Cells), was achieved in addition with less than 2 micrometers of photovoltaic active material.

See the full article at the EPFL page at the link below.


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EPFL: Nano-velcro clasps heavy metal molecules in its grips


Researchers at the EPFL develop nano-strips for inexpensive testing of mercury levels in our lakes and oceans with unprecedented sensitivity.

Mercury, when dumped in lakes and rivers, accumulates in fish, and often ends up on our plates. A Swiss-American team of researchers led by Francesco Stellacci at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and Bartosz Grzybowski at Northwestern University has devised a simple, inexpensive system based on nanoparticles, a kind of nano-velcro, to detect and trap this toxic pollutant as well as others. The particles are covered with tiny hairs that can grab onto toxic heavy metals such as mercury and cadmium. This technology makes it possible to easily and inexpensively test for these substances in water and, more importantly, in the fish that we eat. Their new method can measure methyl mercury, the most common form of mercury pollution, at unprecedentedly small attomolar concentrations. The system is outlined in an article appearing September 9, 2012 in the journal Nature Materials.

...  see the full story at the EPFL from the link below...

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GF AgieCharmilles to launch interactive magazines


Aerospace and aeronautics are the focus of GF AgieCharmilles’ new interactive magazine THRUST, which will debut on Apple’s App Store in early September. THRUST is the first in a series of GF AgieCharmilles interactive magazines aligned with the Group’s expertise across a wide range of industry segments: aerospace and aeronautics, automotive, information and communications technology (ICT), medtech, and electronic components.

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Colibrys consolidates its presence in the Indian market


Neuchatel, Switzerland: Colibrys (Switzerland) Ltd. has appointed Zetatek as new Indian distributor dedicated mainly to the Mil/Aerospace and Industrial markets.

Advanced MEMS motion sensors are increasingly used in the wide range of existing and new high precision and harsh environment applications. The growing demand within India for indigenously manufactured avionic and industrial systems is in turn creating significant opportunities for specialized sensors into the Indian market.

Colibrys is one of the world leaders in the development and manufacture of extremely high precision MEMS accelerometers which have revolutionized the design and performance of avionic and industrial systems ranging from inertial navigation, precision tilt measurements, industrial instrumentation and test, condition monitoring to national seismic mapping and oil/gas exploration.

“Zetatek has long term experience and a very well established sales network throughout India in particular in the Mil/Aerospace and Industrial markets. Based on this and their deep technical understanding of MEMS sensing and test requirements we are extremely pleased to confirm them as our distributor”, says Bahram Arbab, Colibrys Sales Director for Europe & Asia.

“We know Colibrys and its high end MEMS accelerometers since a long time and their reputation in India is already quite strong. We really believe that the collaboration between Colibrys and Zetatek will be a success and we are excited about the potential opportunities we can develop in India“ says Siva Kumar Managing Director of Zetatek.

About Colibrys

COLIBRYS is a world-leading supplier of standard and semi-custom MEMS based motion sensors to the harsh-environments (Military, Aerospace and Energy) and safety critical (Industrial and Instrumentation) applications. COLIBRYS family of motion sensors includes extremely low noise, shock resistant seismic sensors, high stability shock tolerant inertial and shock accelerometers tilt sensors as well as DC coupled capacitive vibration sensors. COLIBRYS is based in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. Additional information is available on our website:

About Zetatek

ZETATEK group has been a leader in the sales and service with special emphasis on comprehensive technical customer support in India and abroad for a viariety of applications . ZETATEK has been a LEADER & ONESTOP solution provider for sensors for inertial and control applications and also a comprehensive range of test & calibration equipments like motion simulators , vibration, shock & bump test equipments and Climatic test chambers . This ensures a good knowledge base in ZETATEK to support the customer in High technology application areas. Additional information is available on our website: or please contact at


More information is available in the official press release here.

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CSEM leads consortium to quantify nanoparticles in consumer goods


Neuchatel/Landquart, 31 August 2012 - In response to the increasing need for the detection and analysis of nanoparticles, European industry and academics have launched the EU-funded SMART-NANO project. The consortium's principal purpose of developing a technology platform for the measurement of engineered nanoparticles (ENPs) could provide the key tool in assessing the fate and potential safety risks of ENPs for example in cosmetic products. The CSEM will coordinate the four-year project, the € 3.5 M funding of which will secure the platform's development, field application, and testing.

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Swiss Team take third place in World iCAN Final in Beijing


Congratulations to Edwin Dornbierer (ETHZ) and Andres Heldstab (NTB Buchs) for winning third prize at the iCAN12 Finals in Beijing!

Edwin and Andres claimed a third prize at the world final with their project entitled "Beat Tracker". Details of their project are here. The Swiss entry put in a strong showing at the iCAN'12 Finals, which were held from June 6-9 at the China Science and Technology Museum in Beijing. Their prize includes a cash award of $500. 19 teams participated in the final selection process. This year marks the second time that the contest has been open to non-Chinese teams. For more information and photos you can follow the link below to the Swis iCAN home page.

Micronarc is a sponsor of the iCAN Swiss selection contest.

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Swiss Venture Forum 2012 Winners Announced


Ten "2012 Swiss Venture Forum" winners have been selected by a jury or experts and investors on the 23rd of May and have been awarded by Minister Philippe Leuba, Minister of Economy, Canton of Vaud during the closing ceremony.

These winners have been selected by a jury of experts and investors to participate to the European yearly Finale (European Venture Summit) to happen in Berlin in December 2012.

The awarded companies are:


ADT Advanced Display Technology,represented by Juergen Rawert
inZ’air, represented by Pascal Lagadec

Blueconomics Business Solution, represented by Andreas Uthmann
Beam Express, represented by Jean-­‐Claude Charlier

Pandora Underwater Equipment, represented by Christopher Webb

Life Sciences:

Qgel, represented by Colin Sanctuary
Crisalix, represented by Fabian Wyss

Legacy Healthcare, represented by Saad Harti
BioVersys, represented by Marc Gitzinger


Attolight, represented by Samuel Sonderegger
Sensile Technologies, represented by Cedric Morel


Full Press Release is available by following the external link below.

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EPFL - A Couple Drops of Fuel to Get to the Moon with MicroThrust


Imagine reaching the Moon using just a tenth of a liter of fuel. With their ionic motor, MicroThrust, EPFL scientists and their European partners are making this a reality, ushering in a new era of low-cost space exploration.

Click on the link below to view the video on YouTube.

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Switzerland seeks Japan cooperation in nanotechnology


Tokyo, Feb 24, 2012 (SCCIJ) - Leading Swiss researchers have explained the EU "Future and Emerging Technologies" (FET) flagship initiative "Guardian Angels" in Tokyo. Such smart personal companions of the future are enabled by nanotech. The initiative is actively seeking cooperation partners from Japan which is considered to be among the leading nanotechnology nations. Swiss institutions and companies also presented their capabilities at the nanotechnology exhibition "nano tech 2012" in Tokyo.

For the full article, please follow the link below to the web site of the SCCIJ (Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Industrx in Japan). 

swiss booth Nanotech japan

Edward Byrne (Project Manager, Micronarc), Dr. Felix Moesner (Head, Science & Technology Office Tokyo), Prof. Adrian Ionescu (EPFL, Guardian Angels Project).
At the Swiss pavilion at Nanotech Tokyo 2012.


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Swiss NanoConvention – program finalized, registration open


The Swiss NanoConvention 2012 will bring together Swiss and international leaders from science and industry in the field of «nano», key figures in innovation and technology, entrepreneurs, investors, administrators and politicians. The Swiss NanoConvention 2012 will be a platform for connecting people, networking, debating and exchanging ideas – or even generating new ones. Key players will be able to gather the best available information on the potential, but also on the risks of one of the key emerging technologies of the 21st century, and its opportunities for innovative technologies, products and services.

In short: The Swiss NanoConvention is the prime showcase for nanotechnology in Switzerland, jointly organized by the «who-is-who» in the Swiss nano scene. It is the venue for meeting the great minds in nanoscience and -technology.

Key topics include Nano for Energy, Life sciences, Computer sciences and Consumer products. Another focus will be the potential risks associated with free nanoparticles, and how society sees and handles these issues. The two-day program will feature plenary talks, topical sessions, discussion platforms and ample opportunities for in-depth and informal networking.

Micronarc is a silver sponsor of Swiss NanoConvention 2012.

To see the final programme and to register, please follow the link to the conference web site (below).


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mAm 2012 : Begins in 3 days !


There's still time to register for Micronarc's annual meeting, mAm 2012! See the conference web site at the link below for full details and technical program. 

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Slashdot publishes clip on EPFL's flying robots


Please see the link below the video clip for further discussion and links.


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IBM and ETH Zurich Open Collaborative Nanotechnology Center


-- $90 million center, which features a cleanroom and noise free labs, is based on a unique public private partnership

-- Scientists will collaborate and research novel nanoscale structures and devices for enhancing information technologies

-- Dedicated and named for the pioneering work of Nobel Laureates and IBM Fellows Gerd Binnig and Heinrich Rohrer

ZURICH, May 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) and ETH Zurich, a premiere European science and engineering university, hosted more than 600 guests from industry, academia and government, to open the Binnig and Rohrer Nanotechnology Center located on the campus of IBM Research – Zurich. The facility is the centerpiece of a 10-year strategic partnership in nanoscience between IBM and ETH Zurich where scientists will research novel nanoscale structures and devices to advance energy and information technologies.

For more details and photos, please follow the external link below.

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EPFL in the Finals for Largest European Research Projects


Lausanne / Budapest, 4th May 2011 - The European Commission announced today in Budapest that two projects headed by the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, have been selected among the final six pilot projects. Out of an initial twenty-six projects, the Commission has chosen these six as finalists for the FET Flagship projects—one of the most important research initiatives in the world.

The Human Brain Project from professor Henry Markram (EPFL) and the Guardian Angels from professor Adrian Ionescu (EPFL) and Christofer Hierold (ETHZ) are now part of a six-way selection for the final Flagship Project selection in 2012. These two projects, which receive European funds to further develop the project proposal, are international research consortiums under EPFL direction. At least two of the six pilot projects presented today will receive next year a funding that could reach one billion Euros over a ten-year period.

More information is available at the EPFL news site at the link below.

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Research rises to meet the challenges of the watchmaking industry


Developing new high-tech materials and conducting research in cutting edge micro- and nano-technologies for the flourishing watchmaking industry: this is the goal of the new Patek Philippe Chair. Created in collaboration with EPFL, the Chair will be associated with the Institute of Microengineering (IMT) and based in Neuchâtel.

More information and full press release available at the link below.


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Technology by Bilan, Micronarc Edition, available NOW!


Our annual magazine, produced in collaboration with Bilan, is available now. 

The magazine is full of company features and regional micro-nano news. A comprehensive business guide (by sector) for Western Switzerland is also included.

Local companies within the Micronarc area will receive a copy very shortly. In the meantime, you can view the magazine on-line as a virtual flip-book at the link below.

Happy reading !


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EPFL Launches New Job Service –

16.02.2011 is a new platform specializing in the recruitment of highly profiled engineers, architects and scientists. Under EPFL's Career Center management, it is bound to become the reference job board to target EPFL Alumni.

Visit the new web site at the link below for more information.

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SpectraTime awarded a 11M€ contract for Galileo master atomic clocks


SpectraTime, a company of the Orolia Group, based in Neuchâtel, today announced it signed a 11M€ contract with Selex Galileo S.p.A to supply the core element of the Passive Hydrogen Masers for the first 14 Full Operational Capability (FOC) satellites of the Galileo global navigation satellite system. A second contract to supply the secondary atomic clocks (Rubidium Atomic Frequency Standards) should be signed in early 2011.

For more information, please see the full press release at the link below.

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All optical transistor


In an article appearing on November 11th in the journal Science, researchers at EPFL and the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics announce the discovery of a method for coupling photons and mechanical vibrations that could have numerous applications in telecommunications and quantum information technologies.

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Solar Impulse ready for night flight (BBC)


The solar-powered plane is getting ready to hit the skies once again - this time, at night.

It will be the first ever manned night flight on a plane propelled exclusively by solar energy.

Solar Impulse will lift off from an airfield in Switzerland, on a sunny day sometime at the end of June.

It will then fly around, charging the solar cells on the plane's wings, in a bid to store enough energy for the electric motors to last until dawn.

To read the full story, please follow the link below to the BBC web site.

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Switzerland has sent its first satellite into space


The first Swiss satellite in history—extremely small and 100% student designed and built—has been successfully launched from the Sriharikota space station in India. Constructed by the EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne – Swiss Institute of Technology in Lausanne) with many institutional partners (Swiss Space office, HES-SO, UNINE, UNIBE, Haute Ecole Technique de Brugg) as well as private (Ruag Space, Loterie Romand), the SwissCube has gone into orbit today. An educational project—those who worked on it adhered to extremely precise requirements for space travel. For these students, it is truly one great step toward understanding the high-tech work world.

For the complete story, please see the news release of the EPFL news service at the link below.

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Nanotera Call for Proposals


The 2009 call for proposals for Nano-Tera.CH Research Technology and Development projects is open.

You can find details and application forms on this page:

Details on existing RTD projects can be found here:

You can find out more, and discuss existing or future projects, in the TopDownBottomUp section of our web site:
INF 335 Station 14
CH-1015 Lausanne
T: +41 21 693 09 21
F: +41 21 693 55 39

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EPFL and Romande Energie to build Switzerland's largest photovoltaic centre


Pursuing their firm commitment to the development of renewable energies, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) and Romande Energie have joined forces to build a photovoltaic centre covering an area of around 20,000 m2 on the EPFL campus. Equipped with state-of-the-art R&D facilities, the new centre will be commissioned in stages from 2009 onwards and will ultimately produce over 2 million kWh a year of electricity. The project will cost an estimated CHF 20 million and will be financed by Romande Energie through its subsidiary, Romande Energie Renouvelable.

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Small country, big ideas - Switzerlands nanotech environment


Nanoparticles for new vaccines, nanostructures on credit cards, microscopy and spins are just some of the range of research projects currently underway at institutions across Switzerland.

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Swiss MNT Network launches a new webportal in micro nano


Who is doing what ? What is available where ? The Swiss MNT Network launches a new web portal in micro and nanotechnology bringing awareness on the activities within the different institutions and simplifying access for industries looking for competences and external expertise.

The new web portal was launched at the beginning of October in order to bring about a heightened awareness of competences available and breakthroughs made in science and technology within the research institutions. Using only a few mouse clicks, news can be posted directly from any internet browser to draw attention to competences and new developments within one of the member's institutions.

The Swiss MNT Network was created to simplify access for industries looking for competences and external expertise in micro- and nanotechnology. It is the result of an initiative of the leading Swiss R&D institutions active in micro- and nanotechnology, an initiative supported by KTI/CTI, the Swiss agency for the promotion of innovation. By combining the strengths of its partners, the Swiss MNT Network forms the basis for establishing and maintaining Switzerland's leading role in micro- and nanotechnology. Swiss MNT Network is firmly industry-oriented and strives to bring innovative and more complete solutions to its industrial partners.

Progress in science opens new frontiers for technological applications. Micro- and nanotechnologies enable the creation of new products that allow us to work better, communicate more freely and improve our quality of life. Switzerland has a long tradition in micro- and nanotechnology, a heritage from the centuries-old watch industry, and plays a leading role in innovation. More and more companies are seeking new solutions for their projects requiring miniaturization, lower energy consumption or more sophisticated functions.

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Searching for Absolute Time


Searching for Absolute Time (Science Switzerland)

The Swiss are world leaders in measuring time, and that's largely thanks to the work of Professor Pierre Thomann and his team at the Time-Frequency Laboratory of Neuchâtel University. They were the first to produce an atomic clock using rubidium atoms, which allowed very accurate time measurement. The technology is now used in GPS navigation satellites. (The Science Switzerland series is produced by SRG SSR idée suisse.)

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Swiss Researchers Develop New Method to Fabricate Borosilicate Glass Nanoparticles


EPFL researchers have developed a new method to fabricate borosilicate glass nanoparticles. Used in microfluidic systems, these "Pyrex"-like nanoparticles are more stable when subjected to temperature fluctuations and harsh chemical environments than other nanoparticles made of polymers or silica glass. Their introduction could extend the range of potential nanoparticle applications in biomedical, optical and electronic fields.

Thanks to their large surface-to-volume ratio, nanoparticles have generated wide interest as potential transporters of antibodies, drugs, or chemicals for use in diagnostic tests, targeted drug therapy, or for catalyzing chemical reactions. Unfortunately, these applications are limited because nanoparticles disintegrate or bunch together when exposed to elevated temperatures, certain chemicals, or even de-ionized water. Using borosilicate glass (the original "Pyrex") instead of silica glass or polymers would overcome these limitations, but fabrication has been impossible to date due to the instability of the boron oxide precursor materials.

In this week's advance online issue of Nature Nanotechnology, a group of EPFL researchers, led by Professor Martin Gijs, reports on a new procedure to fabricate and characterize borosilicate glass nanoparticles. In addition to biomedical applications, the new nanoparticles could also have applications in the production of photonic bandgap devices with high optical contrast, contrast agents for ultrasonic microscopy or chemical filtration membranes.

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Nanotech 2008 Proceedings Now Available


Nanotech 2008 Proceedings Now Available

Catch up on a Year of Nano Innovation

An authoritative and comprehensive compendium for all participants in the nano revolution, from researchers and engineers to investors, consultants, and attorneys.

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Phoenix Microscope Takes First Image Of Martian Dust Particle


August 14, 2008 -- NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander has taken the first-ever image of a single particle of Mars' ubiquitous dust, using its atomic force microscope.

The particle -- shown at higher magnification than anything ever seen from another world -- is a rounded particle about one micrometer, or one millionth of a meter, across. It is a speck of the dust that cloaks Mars. Such dust particles color the Martian sky pink, feed storms that regularly envelop the planet and produce Mars' distinctive red soil.

"This is the first picture of a clay-sized particle on Mars, and the size agrees with predictions from the colors seen in sunsets on the Red Planet," said Phoenix co-investigator Urs Staufer of the University of Neuchatel, Switzerland, who leads a Swiss consortium that made the microscope.

"Taking this image required the highest resolution microscope operated off Earth and a specially designed substrate to hold the Martian dust," said Tom Pike, Phoenix science team member from Imperial College London. "We always knew it was going to be technically very challenging to image particles this small."

It took a very long time, roughly a dozen years, to develop the device that is operating in a polar region on a planet now about 350 million kilometers or 220 million miles away.

The atomic force microscope maps the shape of particles in three dimensions by scanning them with a sharp tip at the end of a spring. During the scan, invisibly fine particles are held by a series of pits etched into a substrate microfabricated from a silicon wafer. Pike's group at Imperial College produced these silicon microdiscs.

The atomic force microscope can detail the shapes of particles as small as about 100 nanometers, about one one-thousandth the width of a human hair. That is about 100 times greater magnification than seen with Phoenix's optical microscope, which made its first images of Martian soil about two months ago. Until now, Phoenix's optical microscope held the record for producing the most highly magnified images to come from another planet.

"I'm delighted that this microscope is producing images that will help us understand Mars at the highest detail ever," Staufer said. "This is proof of the microscope's potential. We are now ready to start doing scientific experiments that will add a new dimension to measurements being made by other Phoenix lander instruments."

"After this first success, we're now working on building up a portrait gallery of the dust on Mars," Pike added.

Mars' ultra-fine dust is the medium that actively links gases in the Martian atmosphere to processes in Martian soil, so it is critically important to understanding Mars' environment, the researchers said.

The particle seen in the atomic force microscope image was part of a sample scooped by the robotic arm from the "Snow White" trench and delivered to Phoenix's microscope station in early July. The microscope station includes the optical microscope, the atomic force microscope and the sample delivery wheel. It is part of a suite of tools called Phoenix's Microscopy, Electrochemistry and Conductivity Analyzer.

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IMAPS EMPC 2009 - First Call for Papers


European Microelectronics and Packaging Conference 2009

The IMAPS EMPC is a Europe’s premier conference planned every two years in a different European country, bringing together specialists from industry and academia.

The European Microelectronics and Packaging Conference & Exhibition, EMPC 2009, will be held in Rimini, Italy on June 14-17, 2009.

The EMPC addresses “everything in electronics between the chip and the system”. The Technical Programme Committee of the EMPC 2009 invites you to send abstracts of original work describing recent developments in microelettronics technologies: for all the details see the conference web site at the address below.

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