Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research (EMPA)
Empa is an interdisciplinary research and services institution for material sciences and technology development within the ETH Domain. Empa’s research and development activities are oriented to meeting the requirements of industry and the needs of our society, and link together applications-oriented research and the practical implementation of new ideas, science and industry, and science and society.
Empa specializes in applications, focused research and development, and provides high-level services in the field of sustainable materials science and technology. Its core tasks are innovative collaboration with industry and public institutions, ensuring the safety of people and the environment, knowledge propagation and university-level teaching. Two of ist laboratories are involved in MARINA: The Technology and Society Lab (TSL) is an interdisciplinary research unit of Empa which studies opportunities and risks of emerging technologies. A team of 30 researchers is active in the fields of information and communication technologies, converging technologies, nanoscale technologies, renewable energy and resource management. The Materials-Biology Interactions Lab (MBI) is a research unit of Empa which studies the potential use and risks of (nano)materials for human health. A team of 25 researchers is active in the fields of medical implants – cell interactions, development of cellular systems and monitoring tools for the characterization and identification of potential risk of new developed (nano)materials.
PD Dr. Bernd Nowack
Materials, Products and the Environment Technology and Society Laboratory
9014 St. Gallen
Tel.: +41 58 765 76 92
Fax: +41 58 765 78 62