• Two open positions: BIG-MAP and MARVEL postdocs/software engineers (EPFL)

    Two open positions for postdocs/software engineers are available at EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland). The positions are renewable yearly up to 4 years. Outstanding candidates are sought with a background in the physical sciences, with strong programming skills, and with experience in scientific software development and running materials simulations in high performance computing systems.

  • Empa partners win landmark research grant for carbon nanomaterials

    The CarboQuant project, led by Professor Roman Fasel, head of the [email protected] lab at Empa and experimental group leader in NCCR MARVEL's  Design and Discovery Project 3, has received CHF15 million in funding  from the Werner Siemens Foundation. The grant, spread over ten years, will allow scientists to continue developing unique carbon materials that feature novel electronic and magnetic properties. The work may eventually lay the foundation for the development of quantum computers with novel architectures.  NCCR MARVEL members Pascal Ruffieux, Group Leader Carbon Nanomaterials, and Gabriela Borin Barin, research scientist in the [email protected] lab, are also involved in the project, which is coordinated by Oliver Gröning, Deputy Head of [email protected] Laboratory & Group Leader Functional Surfaces. The following is an article on the subject written by Empa's Rainer Klose.  

  • Postdoc position in theory and modelling of quantum spin phases in low-dimensional carbon nanomaterials (Empa)

    Empa's [email protected] laboratory is offering a postdoc position in theory and modelling of quantum spin phases in low-dimensional carbon nanomaterials. In this project, which is strongly connected to the experimental activity of the laboratory, ab-initio simulation techniques based on density functional theory and quantum chemistry methods as well as methods based on spin model Hamiltonians will be employed to study the electronic and magnetic properties of nanographenes, graphene nanoribbons and nanographene-based spin chains and lattices, and to rationalize the results of scanning probe experiments related to them.

  • IBM's RXN for Chemistry project team wins 2022 Sandmeyer award

    The 'RXN for Chemistry' project team from IBM Research Zurich has won the 2022 edition of the Sandmeyer award, which is presented annually to a team or an individual for outstanding work in the field of industrial or applied chemistry. Congratulations to the team!

  • Three new INSPIRE Potentials fellows will join MARVEL for their Master's research projects

    We are happy to announce that Virginie De Mestral (EPFL), Nataliya Paulish (EPFL) and Mie Engelbrecht Jensen (DTU) were granted INSPIRE Potentials – MARVEL Master's Fellowships after the October 2021 call. The three women will join MARVEL labs for a 6-month Master's research project — congratulations!

  • U.S. presents Materials Genome Initiative strategic plan

    The Materials Genome Initiative was launched in 2011 to accelerate the discovery, design, development, and deployment of new materials by harnessing the power of data and computational tools in concert with experiment. The U.S. National Science and Technology Council has prepared the 2021 Materials Genome Initiative Strategic Plan, which updates and replaces the previous plan and reflects the significant advances that have been made over the past ten years. 

  • #NCCRWomen — a look back at the campaign

    What an intense 8 months it has been for the #NCCRWomen! More than 100 researchers from all fields of science introduced who they are, what they do and why they do it.

  • Two young MARVEL scientists win EPFL research project prizes

    Congratulations to former MARVEL members Antimo Marrazzo and Pablo Piaggi on winning the Prof. René Wasserman and IBM Research awards for work on novel materials and entropy, respectively! 

  • Giulia Galli wins the 2022 Aneesur Rahman Prize for Computational Physics

    Prof. Giulia Galli (University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory), chair of MARVEL's Scientific Advisory Board, has been awarded the Aneesur Rahman Prize, which recognizes outstanding achievement in computational physics research.

  • EPFL Excellence in Engineering summer internship program: applications open!

    The application portal for the 2022 edition of the E3 EPFL Excellence in Engineering summer internship program is now open. The program is organized by the School of Engineering of EPFL and offers an intensive research training opportunity to Bachelor and Master students from all around the world, with various scientific backgrounds.

  • Mentoring the marginalized: thoughts by Shobhana Narasimhan

    A huge and frequently unaddressed problem in science and academia is that people feel that they are faced with the task of climbing a huge mountain, all by oneself. Mentors can be the sherpas who lend a helping hand and share some of the burden, so that one no longer feels quite so alone. Shobhana Narasimhan, Professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, India – and member of the SNSF's MARVEL Review Panel – shares her thoughts on the matter.

  • Coding club for girls all around Switzerland

    MARVEL supports the Coding club for girls, a project initiated by the EPFL Science Outreach Department (SPS) with the support of the Federal Office for Gender Equality. It offers free coding workshops for girls 11 to 16 years old organized in French, German and Italian throughout Switzerland.