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  • ETH Zurich awards researcher Daniele Passerone professor title

    ETH Zurich has awarded Empa researcher Daniele Passerone, NCCR MARVEL group leader in Design & Discovery Project 3, the title of professor. The following article was written by Empa's Andrea Six.

  • ETH Zurich names Mathieu Luisier full professor

    ETH Zurich has named Mathieu Luisier, NCCR MARVEL group leader in Design & Discovery Project 3, full professor. 

  • Equal opportunity activities for young girls and boys in 2022

    MARVEL and EPFL's Science Outreach Department are pleased to announce equal opportunity initiatives targeting girls and boys. Two camps on materials and chemistry for children 11-13 years old supported by MARVEL will take place at EPFL in summer 2022. Registrations are opening on Monday and fill up quickly.

  • Advanced Materials 2030 Manifesto calls for collaboration, scaling use of advanced materials

    "A strong European Materials ecosystem drives the green and digital transition as well as a sustainable inclusive European society through a systemic collaboration of upstream  developers, downstream users and citizens and all stakeholders in between."

  • Materials Cloud repository hits milestone 500 published record mark

    Materials Cloud, an Open Science Platform designed to enable the seamless sharing of resources in computational materials science, has reached the milestone 500 published record mark just four years after introduction.

  • 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.