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magneto-electric multiferroics

Making the Impossible Possible

Multiferroics are considered miraculous materials for future data storage – as long as their special properties can be preserved at computer operating temperatures. This...
transistors

On the Path to New High-Performance Transistors

The electronics industry expects a novel high-performance transistor made of gallium nitride to offer considerable advantages over present-day high-frequency transistors. Yet many fundamental properties...
catalytic converter

Cleaner Emissions Thanks to Sponge-Like Structure

Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI in Villigen, Switzerland, have developed a new catalytic converter for cleaning emissions from natural gas engines. In...
Quantum Spin Ice

PSI Researchers Seek Existence of Exotic Quantum Spin Ice

Researchers from the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) in Switzerland, Romain Sibille and Nicolas Gauthier, are studying a fascinating sample using neutrons at the Department...
power network

Power on Demand

The power network cannot store energy. But nature doesn't care about that. So photovoltaic or wind power plants produce energy in varying amounts according...
nanomagnets

Power from Nanomagnets

Ukrainian Oles Sendetskyi deals with magnets so tiny that they amount to just one-thousandth of the width of a human hair. Yet the 27-year-old's...
GratXray

X-Ray Light Revolutionaries

Every start-up begins with a vision of conquering the market with new ideas, but a number of milestones must first be reached before the...
tissue fibres

Nano-Sensor Measures Tension of Tissue Fibres

Bacteria are able to attach themselves to tissue fibres with the aid of a ‘nano-adhesive’. Just how they achieve this was investigated a few...
dark matter

Ultralight Axions Are Unlikely to Be Candidates for Dark Matter

Astrophysical and cosmological observations indicate that most of our universe is invisible, composed of dark matter and dark energy. Only about five percent of...
bio robot

A New Bio-Robot

Isaac Newton is said to have had his “Eureka!” moment when an apple fell on his head. Philipp Spycher had the idea that inspired...
bio waste

Stress Test Passed

Kitchen garbage, garden waste, and sewage sludge: Already today, in the Werdhölzli fermentation and wastewater treatment plant in the city of Zurich alone, around...
Magnetic data storage

Fast Magnetic Writing of Data

For almost seventy years now, magnetic tapes and hard disks have been used for data storage in computers. In spite of many new technologies...
metallic materials

Custom-Tailoring Better Metallic Materials

The research results achieved by your working group at PSI directly benefit engineering sciences. In some cases, you cooperate directly with technology companies. Can...
coffee grounds

More than Just Spilling the Beans

As part of its food production processes, the Swiss food industry produces about half a million tons of organic waste a year. The food...
Radiation therapy

Testing the Limits for the Patients’ Benefit

Antony Lomax really only wanted to stay for two years, carry out intensive research and then return—home to Manchester. But protons exert a special...
magnets

Diving into Magnets

Magnets are found in motors, in energy production and in data storage. A deeper understanding of the basic properties of magnetic materials could therefore...
solar energy

Nanomaterial Helps Store Solar Energy: Efficiently and Inexpensively

Field trials show that new catalyst material for electrolysers is reliableEfficient storage technologies are necessary if solar and wind energy is to help satisfy...
Injector

Injector 2: A Pre-accelerator for Protons

Three accelerators arranged in series make up the facility for proton acceleration at PSI: It starts with the mushroom-shaped, roughly 10-metre tall Cockcroft-Walton accelerator,...
Ferrimagnets

Wafer-thin Magnetic Materials Developed for Future Quantum Technologies

Ferrimagnets are composed of two centers which are magnetized at different strengths and point in opposing directions. Two-dimensional, quasi-flat ferrimagnets would be suitable for...
methane

Making a Valuable Resource Usable with Water

In oil extraction sites, gaseous methane is simply burned, even though it could actually be a useful precursor material for fuels and products of...