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Workshop EMC- Electromagnetic Compatibility

16.05.2017

Micro Nano Magazine III : coming for 2018

16.03.2017

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http://www.micronarc.ch

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mAm - Micronarc Alpine Meeting 2017 - a great succes!

07.02.2017

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http://mam2017.ch/

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Solarstratos plans to develop solar drones

02.02.2017

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

11.01.2017

BCN Prize - submission until January 31st, 2017

09.01.2017

Next 4 to 6 BioAlps - February 16st, 2017

09.01.2017

Conference "Smart products for automated transportation"

06.09.2016

Nanolive and Xsensio: winners of the Swisscom Startup challenge 2016

18.08.2016

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

Lien externe :
https://www.swisscom.ch/en/business/start-up/swiss

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Biowatch is one of the ten finalists of theSwisscom Startup challenge

18.08.2016

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

Lien externe :
http://www.micronarc.ch/media/Micro-Nano-Magazine-

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MassChallenge

19.05.2016

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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http://masschallenge.org/mcstartups

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mAm - Micronarc Alpine Meeting 2016 - starting on Sunday!

29.01.2016

Lien externe :
http://mam2016.ch/

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Micronarc Booth at Nanotech2015 Tokyo

05.02.2015

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 !!

 

 

Lien externe :
http://www.nanotechexpo.jp

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

04.02.2015

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: www.mam2015.ch/media/photos/ 

Full program is available here: www.mam2015.ch/program 

 

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


January 31 - February 2, 2016

Villars-sur-Ollon

 

 

 

 

Lien externe :
http://www.mam2015.ch

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White solar modules: a revolution for building integration

28.10.2014

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.

 

Lien externe :
http://www.csem.ch/site/card.asp?bBut=yes&pId=2847

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Micronarc Micro & Nano Mag now on-line !!

19.05.2014

The Micronarc Micro & Nano Mag is available online !  

Download the PDF by clicking on the cover. 

 

Micro Nano Mag - cover

 

 

Lien externe :
http://www.micronarc.ch/media/Micro-Nano-Magazine-

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CSEM invites "Moonwalker", hosts prestigious conference.

09.04.2014

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.

 

Lien externe :
http://www.csem.ch/site/card.asp?bBut=yes&pId=2694

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CMi Annual Review Meeting - register now!

08.04.2014

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)

Lien externe :
http://cmi.epfl.ch

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

04.04.2014

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.

 

Lien externe :
http://actu.epfl.ch/news/the-swisstech-convention-

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Baselworld closes, over 150'000 attendees.

03.04.2014

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.

 

Lien externe :
http://www.baselworld.com/en-US/Media/Media-Releas

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Logitech Joins the EPFL “Under One Roof” Project

10.02.2014

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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http://actu.epfl.ch/news/logitech-joins-the-epfl-u

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CSEM is rewarded with the 2nd European Innovation Prize

05.12.2013

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.

 

Lien externe :
http://www.csem.ch/site/card.asp?bBut=yes&pId=2588

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EPFL: Faculty Position in Multi-scale Manufacturing Technologies

24.09.2013

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

22.05.2013

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.

For further information, please follow the link below.

Lien externe :
http://www.csem.ch/site/card.asp?bBut=yes&pId=2169

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Sensimed reports outcomes of clinical studies of Triggerfish®

23.04.2013

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.

 

To read the full press release, please follow the link below.

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http://www.sensimed.ch/images/pdf/pr_2013-04-23_ar

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The camera to the infinitesimal is exported to Asia

04.03.2013

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.

Read the full story at the link below on www.epfl.ch

 

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http://actu.epfl.ch/news/the-camera-to-the-infinit

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

13.02.2013

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.

 

Si  cell

 

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http://actu.epfl.ch/news/new-world-record-efficien

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

19.09.2012

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

10.09.2012

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.

To read the full article, please follow the link below.

 

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http://www.gfac.com/gfac/news/news-detail/article/

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Colibrys consolidates its presence in the Indian market

07.09.2012

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: www.colibrys.com.

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: www.zetatekindia.com or please contact at sales@zetatekindia.com.

 

More information is available in the official press release here.

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http://www.colibrys.com/files/pdf/press%20release/

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CSEM leads consortium to quantify nanoparticles in consumer goods

31.08.2012

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.

Full story can be read at the link below.

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http://www.csem.ch/site/card.asp?bBut=yes&pId=2006

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Swiss Team take third place in World iCAN Final in Beijing

11.07.2012

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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http://www.ican-contest.ch

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Swiss Venture Forum 2012 Winners Announced

29.05.2012

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:

ICT:

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

Cleantech:

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

 

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

Lien externe :
http://www.micronarc.ch/media/SWISS_VENTURE_FORUM

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

29.03.2012

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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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJlSI_l5g4M

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Switzerland seeks Japan cooperation in nanotechnology

24.02.2012

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.

 

Lien externe :
http://www.sccij.jp/news/overview/detail/article/2

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Swiss NanoConvention – program finalized, registration open

15.02.2012

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).

 

Lien externe :
http://www.swissnanoconvention.ch

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mAm 2012 : Begins in 3 days !

19.01.2012

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. 

mam banner

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http://www.mam2012.ch

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Slashdot publishes clip on EPFL's flying robots

27.12.2011

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

 

Lien externe :
http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/11/12/27/234723

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IBM and ETH Zurich Open Collaborative Nanotechnology Center

17.05.2011

-- $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.

Lien externe :
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/ibm-and-et

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EPFL in the Finals for Largest European Research Projects

04.05.2011

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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http://actu.epfl.ch/news/europe-selects-two-epfl-p

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Research rises to meet the challenges of the watchmaking industry

08.04.2011

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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http://actu.epfl.ch/news/meeting-the-challenges-of

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Technology by Bilan, Micronarc Edition, available NOW!

06.03.2011

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 !

 

magazine cover

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http://static.bilan.ch/flipbooks/technologies_0203

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EPFL Launches New Job Service – JobsForBrains.ch

16.02.2011

JobsForBrains.ch 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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http://www.jobsforbrains.ch

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

30.11.2010

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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http://www.spectratime.com/pdfs/news/Spectratime_G

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All optical transistor

10.11.2010

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.

For more information, please see the link below.

Lien externe :
http://actu.epfl.ch/news/all-optical-transistor/

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Colibrys Receives Frost and Sullivan Award

03.11.2010

Frost & Sullivan Award Highlights Colibrys' Outstanding Advances in Enabling Technology of MEMS Accelerometers

The 2010 Frost & Sullivan award for Enabling Technology in MEMS accelerometers has been awarded to Colibrys SA. The company has been recognised for its development and exploitation of high precision MEMS based capacitive accelerometer products.

Find the full press release at the link below.

Lien externe :
http://www.colibrys.com/e/page/2/

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Colibrys Accelerometers qualified by Siemens Mobility for High speed trains

17.09.2010

Siemens Mobility and Colibrys announced today that Colibrys’ MEMS accelerometers have been successfully qualified for the latest generation of German ICE high speed trains. The Velaro D train is the fourth generation of interoperable high-speed trains made by Siemens using distributed traction and the first integrating innovative bogie monitoring systems.

Future train systems are looking to reduce maintenance costs, facilitate repair planning whilst at the same time improving passenger and driver safety and comfort. Siemens has developed a bogie monitoring system that detects wear within bearings, shafts, brakes or wheels and identifies any potential bogie instability that could provoke an accident.

Lien externe :
http://www.colibrys.com/files/pdf/press%20release/

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Solar Impulse ready for night flight (BBC)

15.06.2010

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.

Lien externe :
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science_and_environment

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Successful Maiden flight for Solar Impulse!

07.04.2010

April 7, 2010

This morning at 10:27, the Solar Impulse HB-SIA took off from Payerne (VD) airfield on its maiden flight.

Under the eyes of thousands of spectators from all over Switzerland, Solar Impulse HB-SIA slowly climbed up to 1200 meters. The next 87 minutes Solar Impulse test pilot Markus Scherdel spent familiarizing himself with the prototype’s flight behaviour and performing the initial flight exercises before making the first landing on the Vaudois tarmac. The execution of these various manoeuvres (turns, simulating the approach phase) was designed to get a feel for the aircraft and verify its controllability. 

“This first flight was for me a very intense moment!” exclaimed Solar Impulse test pilot Markus Scherdel, still under the emotion of the event, on stepping down from the aircraft. “The HB-SIA behaved just as the flight simulator told us! Despite its immense size and feather weight, the aircraft’s controllability matches our expectations!” 

To read the entire story, please go to the link below.

 

Lien externe :
http://www.solarimpulse.com/common/documents/news_

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Solar Impulse finds new nest at Payerne

10.02.2010

After a successful “flea hop” near Zurich, the Solar Impulse aircraft has moved home to Payerne in preparation for its first high-altitude and night flights.

On Tuesday the 64-metre wing was re-assembled after it had been safely transported in three sections from Dübendorf to Payerne airfields.

The first major test flight is due in mid-March with the long-term aim of flying around the world set for 2012.

Full the full story, see the link to Swissinfo below.

Lien externe :
http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/science_technology/Sol

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Science of the small has big potential

21.01.2010

Nanotechnology, a science dealing with minute particles, has huge potential for Switzerland, according to a report.

The first ever Swiss Nanotech Report into the domestic industry was not yet able to come up with figures for the present situation, but experts agreed the country played a leading global role.

Full the full story, see the link to Swissinfo below.

Lien externe :
http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/science_technology/Sci

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Micronarc now on Twitter !

05.01.2010

Now you can follow Micronarc on Twitter for live event updates and all news related to the cluster and everything micro-nano in Western Switzerland.

Follow the link below to follow us.

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http://www.twitter.com/micronarc

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MAM2010 - Registration now open

09.10.2009

Registration is now open for MAM2010 - The Micronarc Alpine Meeting; Equipment for Microproducts, being held in Villars-sur-Ollon from January 20-22, 2010.

There are limited places available so be sure to register early.

Please refer to the conference web site at the link below for program and registration details.

Lien externe :
http://www.mam2010.org

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Switzerland has sent its first satellite into space

23.09.2009

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.

Lien externe :
http://actualites.epfl.ch/presseinfo-com?id=800

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Lyncée Tec introduces the new DHM R2000 family

04.09.2009

Lyncée Tec introduces the new DHM R2000 family and a new software dedicated to biological applications

DHM R2100 - R2200 series
- real-time measurements extended to 15 µm high steps keeping nanometer vertical resolution.

Lyncée Tec is proud to introduce the new Family of Simultaneous Dual Wavelength Digital Holographic Microscope Reflection Family DHM R2000. This new family is a world premiere in interference microscopy and a new level for real-time measurements is reached with this technology unmatched on the market.

The new DHM R2000 Family consists of:

DHM R2200 series
- up to 15 microns vertical range at 15 measurements per second

The use of three light sources allow two different simultaneous dual wavelength measurement ranges.

DHM R2100 series
- simultaneous dual wavelengths for 3.4 microns vertical steps

A cost-effective instrument providing simultaneous dual wavelength measurements for steps up to 3.4 microns in real-time.

For more information (EN et en français), see the company's news release at the link below

Lien externe :
http://www.lynceetec.com/content/view/499/98/

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Micronarc launches MAM2010 web site

29.08.2009

Micronarc has opened a new web site for the announcement of MAM2010 at the Mancef-COMS conference, taking place this week in Copenhagen, Denmark.

MAM2010 (Micronarc Alpine Meeting) will take place from January 20-22, 2010 in Villars-sur-Ollon, an idyllic ski resort in the Vaud Alps.

The theme of the congress is « Equipment for Microproducts » and will be organised in collaboration with Mancef.

For more information, please see the conference web site at the link below.

Lien externe :
http://www.mam2010.org

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Asyril launches Asycube

06.05.2009

Asycube: innovative solution for feeding miniature parts (patent pending)
Asyril is proud to launch Asycube. Asycube sets new standards in miniature part feeding. Its 3D vibratory platform allows fast and flexible presentation of miniature parts (0.2 mm to 3 mm) to a robot equipped with a vision system. By selecting appropriate actuator excitation signals high flexibility in displacing parts on the platform is reached (forward, backward, sidewise) and flipping is made possible.
Visit Asyril at the EPMT Trade Fair in Lausanne, May 12 to 15, 2009, Booth 13, Hall 14.

Lien externe :
http://www.asyril.ch

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Nanotera Call for Proposals

24.03.2009

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:

http://nano-tera.ch/proposals.html

Details on existing RTD projects can be found here:

http://nano-tera.ch/projects/rtd.php

You can find out more, and discuss existing or future projects, in the TopDownBottomUp section of our web site:

http://nano-tera.ch/topdownbottomup/index.html

Nano-Tera.ch
EPFL / VPAA
INF 335 Station 14
CH-1015 Lausanne
T: +41 21 693 09 21
F: +41 21 693 55 39
info@nano-tera.ch

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

16.01.2009

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.

Pour lire la suite, voir le site externe...

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http://actualites.epfl.ch/presseinfo-com?id=697

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Small country, big ideas - Switzerlands nanotech environment

06.01.2009

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.

To read the full article, click the external link below.

Lien externe :
http://www.nanomagazine.co.uk/readArticle.php?id=3

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Swiss MNT Network launches a new webportal in micro nano

12.11.2008

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.

Lien externe :
http://www.swiss-mnt-network.ch

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China pours billions into nanotechnology 02-10-2008

11.11.2008

Governments and industries in nations around the world are investing billions of dollars, euros, yen, yuan and rubles to position themselves as leaders in the emerging enterprise called nanotechnology - science on the scale of atoms and molecules.

Each nation has a vision and strategy, and representatives from five of the top contenders - the US, European Union, Japan, Russia and China - met September 23 during a panel on the first day of the three-day Nanotech Northern Europe 2008, where 800 participants from 44 countries are examining nanotechnology’s influence on health, electronics, energy, water, food, construction, safety and investment.

“Today there are lots of nanoproducts but they’re typically not revolutionary. They’re improvements on existing processes and products - better materials, better coatings, more efficient chemical processes,” said Richard Russell, associate director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and a conference speaker.

“All those things add to the bottom line for companies and provide society with benefits,” he said, “but I think many people are waiting for the revolutionary nanoproducts. Those are a little further out because we’re still spending time and effort characterising nanomaterials. There’s still a lot of basic research to do.”

"Nanoscience" describes the ability to see, measure, manipulate and manufacture things on a scale of one to 100 nanometers. A nanometer is one billionth of a meter; a sheet of paper is about 100,000 nanometers thick.

At the nano scale, the physical, chemical and biological properties of materials differ in basic and valuable ways from bulk matter.
Nanotechnology research and development are helping scientists and engineers understand and create materials, devices and systems that use these new properties.

Nanotechnology applications are being developed in nearly every industry, including electronics and magnetics, energy production and storage, information technology, materials development, transportation, and medicine and health.

In 2007, nations and private industry around the world together spent $13.8bn on nanotechnology. Of that total, the US is among the top investors. Government spending on basic research in nanotechnology is $1.5bn, up from $500mn in 2001, and private-sector investment in research and development is just over $3bn.
About 5% of the US investment is spent on research to determine the implications of nanotechnology on public health and safety and the environment. On September 18, the US National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded $38mn to establish two centres for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology. EPA contributed $5mn, the largest award for nanotechnology research in the agency’s history.

The centres, led by the University of California-Los Angeles and Duke University, will build on NSF’s Centre for Biological and Environmental Technologies and EPA’s Science to Achieve Results nanotechnology grants.

In Europe, two-thirds of nanotechnology funding comes from governments, the European Commission (EC) and member states, and one-third comes from the private sector, said Christos Tokamanis, head of the EC nanotechnology unit.

"The action plan has two main focus points," he said. "One is competitiveness and the societal challenges we have to resolve and solve with nanotechnology, and the other is the responsible development of this emerging science."

The EC developed and adopted in 2008 a code of conduct for nanoscience based on seven principles that cover issues like sustainability, precaution and accountability. It invites member states to take action to promote the safe development and use of nanotechnology among universities, research institutes and companies.

In the 2,500-year-old city of Suzhou, a 1.5-hour flight from Beijing, China’s central government is helping to fund and promote the International Nanotech Innovation Park, an aggressive effort to accelerate the growth of the nation’s nanotechnology industry. The park’s major organisations are BioBay, a technology incubator, and the Suzhou Nanotech and Nanobionics Institute.

BioBay general manager Liu Yuwen said the park already has 14 nanotechnology start-up companies and expects its 200 employees to grow to 700 over the next several years. Scientific collaboration is important to the park’s growth, she said, and talks have been held with representatives from Russia, Finland, South Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong.

In Japan, according to Kazunobu Tanaka, a fellow at Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, nanotechnology materials are among the nation’s four strategic priorities.

Public funding alone for the period 2006 to 2010 will be $824mn, focused on nanotechnology materials for energy, environment and resources; advanced research and development; research evaluation of manufactured nanoparticles; and an X-ray free electron laser, a facility that will open in 2010 to develop new nanotechnology materials.

For Russia, said Mikhail Kovalchuk, director of the Kurchatov Institute, nanotechnology is to become the basis of a "new technological culture that will completely change industrial policy and industrial economy. It will be new revolution."

The government has allocated more than $2bn, he said, for nanotechnology and biotechnology over the next six years. Through Rosnano, the Russian nanotechnology corporation, the goal is to set aside $6bn to help the private sector commercialise developed nanotechnology.

Kovalchuk said Russia’s education and science infrastructure, which has weakened over the past 15 years, will make it easier to carry out the major overhaul that nanotechnology requires.

"In this case," he said, "you must change completely the system of education in order to (stimulate) such new type of vision for scientists, and (undertake) many different changes in infrastructure."

 

 

Source: America.gov

Lien externe :
http://www.nanochina.cn/english/index.php?option=c

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Searching for Absolute Time

30.09.2008

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.)

Click on the link below to watch the video.

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http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/multimedia/video/detai

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Swiss Researchers Develop New Method to Fabricate Borosilicate Glass Nanoparticles

08.09.2008

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.

Lien externe :
http://actualites.epfl.ch/index.php?module=procont

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Nanotech 2008 Proceedings Now Available

27.08.2008

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.

Lien externe :
http://www.nsti.org/procs/

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Phoenix Microscope Takes First Image Of Martian Dust Particle

14.08.2008

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.

{Ed. see the link below for images and videos...}

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http://phoenix.lpl.arizona.edu/08_14_pr.php

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IMAPS EMPC 2009 - First Call for Papers

01.07.2008

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.

Lien externe :
http://www.empc2009.org/

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IBM and ETH Zurich form $90 million partnership in nanoscience

26.06.2008

Two organizations establish Nanotechnology Center in Zurich

Zurich, Switzerland, June 25, 2008 —IBM (NYSE:IBM) and ETH Zurich, a premiere European science and engineering university, today announced the formation of a partnership in the field of nanotechnology.

See the IBM press release at the link below for the full article.

Lien externe :
http://www.zurich.ibm.com/news/08/nanotech.html

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Satellite designed by young Swiss scientists to go into space.

18.06.2008

Young scientists prepare for lift-off


The first all-Swiss satellite is due for launch early in 2009, designed entirely by students from universities in western Switzerland.

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The project is one of nine CubeSats accepted by the European Space Agency (ESA) for the first mission of the new European rocket Vega. It was pitted against a total of 22 proposals submitted by students at European universities.

CubeSat is a generic name for a satellite measuring only 10x10x10cm and weighing not more than one kilo – rather like a carton of milk. Within these constraints, the students were free to design whatever they liked.

SwissCube is not only small size, but also low cost, having been put together from components that are commercially available.

"Some of our integrated circuits cost a few dozen francs, while the same thing made especially for space would cost $35,000," Sylvain Decastel of the Fribourg University of Applied Sciences (UAS), one of the institutions involved in the project, told swissinfo.

It contains nearly 1,000 components, including a mini-telescope, 16 electronic cards and 357 different wires welded in more than 700 places to the components.

Its solar panels will have a power of 1.5 watts, barely more than a mobile phone.

Project mission

SwissCube's mission is to take photos of the "airglow", faint bands of green and mauve light caused by high-energy radiation from the sun colliding with atoms and molecules in the upper atmosphere.

Since the satellite has only two receivers on Earth, one in Lausanne and one in Fribourg, the pictures it transmits must not be too big. There will only be a small window on each orbit during which they can be sent.

The photos will be compared with mathematical models of the airglow to see whether the intensity of the light varies with the time, position, altitude and angle of observation.

The satellite is only expected to function for about four months, but it is hoped that within that time it will supply information which could help to develop low-cost positioning systems for satellites.

"At the moment, large satellites are equipped with 'star trackers' that determine where they are by reading the position of the stars. But these systems are complex and expensive," explained Nicolas Steiner of the Yverdon UAS.

Inexpensive systems, which are also reliable, are certain to find a market as the commercial use of space expands.

Although the precise launch date has not yet been set, the SwissCube team is working flat out to ensure that their project is ready in time.

The components are currently undergoing tests to see how they react to changes in sunlight and temperature in a vacuum chamber. Once in space SwissCube will experience a dawn and a sunset once every 90 minutes, with temperature variations ranging from minus 40 to 60 degrees.

Encouraging space scientists

The CubeSat programme was launched in 2000, the brainchild of two US universities. The aim is to give potential space scientists a taste of what it means to work in the sector "for real", and to gain experience of coordinating their efforts across universities and with the private sector.

In Switzerland the project is being overseen by Muriel Noca of the Lausanne Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL). She spent 12 years at the prestigious Jet Propulsion Laboratory of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena in California, which produces much of what Nasa sends into space.

A total of 35 students will have been involved in SwissCube by the time it is launched. Some will only spend a semester on it, while others will continue as engineers once they have taken their degree.

The EPFL is joined in the project by Neuchâtel University, four UASs in western Switzerland, and several Swiss aerospace enterprises, including Oerlikon and RUAG.

The students' hard work is accompanied by a mixture of nervousness and confidence.

"We know we can't do anything about it if something goes wrong once SwissCube has been launched, but we are all hoping it'll work," said Noémie Pétignat of St Imier UAS.

"And it will work!"

article from swissinfo, based on an article in French by Marc-André Miserez

Lien externe :
http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/front/Young_scientists

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