Communication

  • Materials Science Day — "Very interesting: top rate presentations and good discussions"

    More than 50 people from the materials science scene in Switzerland gathered in Bern on Thursday, 4 October to learn about ongoing CCMX and NCCR MARVEL projects and network. The second Materials Science day featured both experimental and modelling approaches to current challenges in materials science. 

  • COMDI 2018 was a success!

    Attracting more than 170 participants, the first edition of the International Workshop on Computational Design and Discovery of Novel Materials (COMDI 2018) held on September 10-12 at the SwissTech Convention Center was a success!

  • High school students tackle materials simulation

    MARVEL and EPFL have organized the first edition of a  two-week summer camp for high school students destined to graduate next year, in which 13 of them could learn the basics of programming to study materials.

  • Looking for the organizing committee of the 2019 MARVEL Junior Retreat!

    Would you like to organize the fifth MARVEL Junior Retreat next summer? Read about the 2018 retreat that took place in Fieschertal, Valais and get a taste of this special event!

  • When pressure lets you tune your charge density

    In a study published in Angewandte Chemie, MARVEL members report on the increased stability of tin nitride under compression.

  • The inventor 2.0: the evolution from the stone age to new materials

    On Thursday, 20 September, Nicola Marzari, director of NCCR MARVEL, spoke on Il Giardino Di Albert, a show on Swiss radio station Rete Due. Dealing with both major issues that directly affect our daily lives (pollution, allergies, food) and laboratory research (medicines, new discoveries, inventions), it encourages popular debate on some fundamental themes of society. 

  • Materials Cloud as recommended repository of Nature Research's Scientific Data

    We are very pleased to announce a collaboration between Materials Cloud and the Nature Research data journal Scientific Data. Materials Cloud is now a recommended repository of Scientific Data.

  • Feedback from the latest AiiDA tutorial in Bologna

    Another AiiDA tutorial, sponsored by PRACE and the H2020 MaX Centre of Excellence, was organized in collaboration with the Italian CINECA supercomputer centre, who hosted the event. The tutorial took place between May 29 and June 1, 2018, at CINECA Bologna (Italy).

  • Quantum chains in graphene nanoribbons

    Empa researchers, members of the NCCR MARVEL, together with colleagues from the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz and other partners, have achieved a breakthrough that could in future be used for precise nanotransistors or – in the distant future – possibly even quantum computers, as the team reports in the current issue of the scientific journal "Nature".

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

    We are happy to announce that Charlotte Müller (UZH, CH) and Maria Bilichenko (Oles Honchar Dnipro National University, UA) have been granted an INSPIRE Potentials – MARVEL Master's Fellowship at the April 2018 call. Both will join the lab of Jürg Hutter at UZH for a 6-month Master's research project.

  • Welcome to phase II!

    We have received the good news from the SNSF informing us that the SNSF Research Council has approved our full proposal and the continuation of the NCCR MARVEL in phase II.

  • EPFL and Solvay team up on an atomic-scale modeling project

    EPFL — through the National Centre of Competence in Research MARVEL — recently signed an agreement with the firm Solvay. The aim of this partnership is to use quantum modeling to gain greater insight into physical and chemical phenomena and predict innovative materials and composites with a promising range of properties.