Chemistry & Materials

  • Simulations improve the theoretical description of experiments probing elusive properties of water

    Scientists from EPF Lausanne have improved the theoretical description of complex non-linear optical measurements by developing an atomic-scale model of the underlying physical process. The researchers hope that this model, which...

  • Using sunlight to produce energy from water

    Photosynthesis is one of the most common and fundamental life processes on Earth, and its complex sequence of events has been a topic of research for decades. Achieving artificial photosynthesis would not only address many...

  • Simulating chemical evolution with ‘Piz Daint’

    Scientists have used ‘Piz Daint’ to simulate crucial steps in the formation of ammonia as a prebiotic molecule. Ammonia is an important precursor to nitrogen-containing organic molecules such as amino acids from which the...

  • Searching for materials with a supercomputer

    Supercomputers allow researchers to discover previously unknown materials and to predict their properties based on theory. There is currently a great deal of interest in materials that could be used for producing renewable energy...

  • Supercomputers drive the discovery of novel materials

    Nicola Marzari, a professor at EPF Lausanne, is convinced that computational materials science is on the verge of a revolution. And he believes that the computing resources and research focus currently found in Switzerland will...

  • "Stairway to heaven": Piz Daint validates method

    Initial simulations on the supercomputer “Piz Daint” have validated a method that aims to solve the key problems in simulating chemical reactions involving liquid water. Two professors from ETH and the University of Zurich have...

  • Quantum leap in superconductor simulation

    Researchers from ETH Zurich have developed an algorithm that simulates high-temperature superconductivity much faster. The team was nominated as one of the Gordon Bell Prize finalists for the project and is to be rewarded by the...