10 Jan 2023
Plastogaz is an EPFL spin-out company that specializes in the advanced recycling of plastic waste using a catalytic hydrocracking process. IDTechEx spoke with Dr Felix Bobbink (Co-founder and CEO).
31 Oct 2022
XSensio are developing a wearable device to measure biomarkers in interstitial fluid for medical diagnostic applications.
19 Sep 2022
Nanotubes Illuminate the Way to Living Photovoltaics
Scientists have gotten bacteria to spontaneously take up fluorescent carbon nanotubes for the first time. The breakthrough unlocks new biotechnology applications for prokaryotes, such as near-infrared bacteria tracking and "living photovoltaics" - devices that generate energy using light-harvesting bacteria.
14 Jul 2022
LuxAI is a social robot manufacturer headquartered in Luxembourg. LuxAI's product has a unique feature with its 'all-in-one' design, and this is a unique value proposition of the company in comparison with other market players.
11 Jul 2022
Smashing Through the 30% Efficiency Barrier for Perovskite Solar Cells
For the first time, an efficiency of 30% for perovskite-on-silicon-tandem solar cells has been exceeded thanks to a joint effort led by scientists at EPFL's Photovoltaics and Thin Film Electronics Laboratory in partnership with the renowned innovation center, CSEM. Independently certified by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the United States, these results are a boost to high-efficiency photovoltaics and pave the way toward even more competitive solar electricity generation.
1 Jun 2022
Objects Can Now be 3D Printed in Opaque Resin
A team of engineers has developed a 3D-printing method that uses light to make objects out of opaque resin in a matter of seconds. Their breakthrough could have promising applications in the biomedical industry, such as to make artificial arteries.
30 May 2022
Solaronix is a Swiss company founded in 1993. It is known as a materials and equipment provider for dye-sensitised solar cells. In recent years, it has expanded into perovskite photovoltaic technology.
16 May 2022
Exoskeleton Helps Stroke Victims Regain Hand Function
Many of our daily activities involve our hands' prehensile abilities. While able-bodied people don't think twice when using a spoon or lifting a glass, these actions are nearly impossible for someone unable to grasp things with their fingers. Emovo Care has now come up with a device that is specifically designed to overcome these obstacles.
1 Apr 2022
CircuBAT Research Program Set on Reducing Lithium-ion Battery Waste
Green Cubes Technology announced its participation as a founding member in CircuBAT. CircuBAT is a Swiss research program that aims to create a Swiss circular business model for the production, application, and recycling of Lithium-ion batteries.
27 Dec 2021
Mind Controlled Robots Now One Step Closer
Researchers have developed a machine-learning program that can be connected to a human brain and used to command a robot. The program adjusts the robot's movements based on electrical signals from the brain. The hope is that with this invention, tetraplegic patients will be able to carry out more day-to-day activities on their own.
15 Nov 2021
A Flexible New System for Creating Soft Robotics
Researchers have invented bubble casting, a new way to make soft robots using "fancy balloons" that change shape in predictable ways when inflated with air.
2 Jul 2021
'Soft' Graphene-Containing Electrodes That Adapt to Living Tissue
Researchers have collaborated on a pioneering project in bioengineering, producing metal-free, hydrogel electrodes that flex to fit the complex shapes inside the human body.
15 Jun 2021
The Biodegradable Battery
The number of data-transmitting microdevices, for instance in packaging and transport logistics, will increase sharply in the coming years. All these devices need energy, but the amount of batteries would have a major impact on the environment. Researchers have developed a biodegradable mini-capacitor that can solve the problem. It consists of carbon, cellulose, glycerin and table salt. And it works reliably.
4 Jun 2021
Bird-Like Robots Could Assist in Medical Emergencies, Hunt Down Drones
A bird flaps its wings, glides using air currents and then smoothly descends to perch on a pole. But this is not just any bird, it's a robot bird. And robots like these could in the next decade be used to respond to emergencies or to hunt down drones posing a threat to safety or security.
24 Mar 2021
Invisible "Keyhole" Made of Printed, Transparent Electronics
What initially looks like a simple transparent film conceals a whole new level of security. Invisible buttons are printed with conductive ink on the transparent carrier material, the position of which is known only to insiders. Such circuits can be connected to a door lock as an access code, for instance. If the buttons on the polymer film are pressed in the correct order, the door opens.