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New chemical-based method for recycling PET

New chemical-based method for recycling PET

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is one of the most widely used plastics today. PET bottles are ubiquitous in our day-to-day lives–one has to look around...
It works like an MRI machine that generates images of cells from all angles using their refractive index and then compiles 3D images with the help of an advanced software© 2019 Alain Herzog

Automated microscope gives a look inside live cell populations

EPFL scientists have recently come up with a next-generation microscope that can show live cells function and react under various experimental conditions. Called as...
Océane Hames and Lucas Ott in EPFL’s Environmental Chemistry Laboratory © Alain Herzog, EPFL

A new wastewater treatment that concentrates nitrogen for fertilizer

Two EPFL Master’s in Environmental Engineering students adapted a system typically used to concentrate fruit juice and tested it out at the Yverdon-les-Bains wastewater treatment plant in Vaud.
The way a single neuron processes information is never the same

The way a single neuron processes information is never the same

Researchers at Blue Brain have discovered that dendrites, the neuron’s tree-like receptors, work together – dynamically and depending on the workload – for learning. The findings further our understanding of how we think and may inspire new algorithms for artificial intelligence.
An illustration of the neural network used to predict the state of an open quantum system. Credit: A. Nagy and A. Anelli. Credit: EPFL

Simulation of quantum system with neural network

Studying quantum systems made of many particles, scientists primarily need to simulate them. This should be possible by understanding the conditions depicting their internal...
With the help of the TTO (Natalia Giovannini on the left), a hydrogel developed by the Functionalized Biomaterials Group (piloted by Sandrine Gerber) has been licensed. © 2019 Alain Herzog

Hydrogel developed at EPFL offers real promise in treating diabetes

Transplanted tissue regularly goes under attack from the body's immune system and struggles to survive in the hostile host environment. This has resulted in...
Professor Xile Hu. © 2019 EPFL / Alain Herzog

Carbon-neutral fuels move a step closer

Currently, the most active electrocatalysts for the conversion of CO2 to CO are gold-based nanomaterials, whereas non–precious metal catalysts have shown low to modest...

A new device to modeling cancer

Cancer is a class of diseases characterized by out-of-control cell growth and tissue invasion. Because cancer initiation seems to depend on a series of...
Jeff Ong, a mis au point un dispositif permettant de désaliniser l'eau de manière plus écologique © 2019 EPFL

Desalinating water in a greener and more economical way

Water distinguishes our planet compared to all the others we know about. While the global supply of available freshwater is more than adequate to...