Communication

  • Nicola Spaldin wins 2019 Marcel Benoist Prize for work on multiferroic materials

    Nicola Spaldin, ETH Zurich professor and NCCR MARVEL project leader has been awarded the 2019 Marcel Benoist prize—the "Swiss Nobel Prize"—for her groundbreaking research on multiferroics. This new class of materials responds to both magnetic and electric fields, a combination that does not generally occur simultaneously. This unusual property makes multiferroics promising materials that could, for example, replace silicon in future computer chips. 

  • Coding club for girls in French-speaking Switzerland

    MARVEL supports the "Coding club des filles", a project initiated by the EPFL Science Outreach Department with the support of the Federal Office for Gender Equality. It offers coding workshops for girls 11 to 15 years old organized throughout French-speaking Switzerland.

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

    We are happy to announce that Jigyasa Nigam (Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST), Trivandrum, Kerala, India), Joanna Stoycheva (Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski", Bulgaria) and Linnea Mørch Folkmann (University of Copenhagen, Danemark) were granted INSPIRE Potentials – MARVEL Master's Fellowships after the April 2019 call. All three women will join MARVEL labs for a 6-month Master's research project — congratulations!

  • Clémence Corminboeuf Featured on Swiss TV Mini-Documentary Series "Le Court du Jour"

    Swiss television station RTS's « Le Court du Jour » is a series of short programs meant to provide the general public with a daily educational exploration of different domains. From culture to the environment, passing through the sciences, sport and health, “Le Court du Jour” addresses different topics with the aim of providing clear, entertaining information. Clémence Corminboeuf, professor at the Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering at EPFL and a member of MARVEL's Executive Committee, recently took part in a series called "Femmes de Science".

  • von Lilienfeld named editor-in-chief, Corminboeuf named to editorial board of new open access journal Machine Learning: Science and Technology

    Machine Learning: Science and Technology (MLST), a new open access journal devoted to the application and development of machine learning for the sciences, has appointed two NCCR MARVEL members to it editorial team. Prof. Anatole von Lilienfeld of the Institute of Physical Chemistry at the University of Basel and project leader of MARVEL Incubator Project 2 has been named Editor-in-Chief. Prof. Clémence Corminboeuf, professor at the Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering at EPFL and part of MARVEL's Executive Committee, has been named to the editorial board. The journal is now open for submissions.

  • MARVEL Summer Camp students “had a lot of fun, while working and learning new things”

    This year’s Summer Camp “Des atomes aux ordinateurs” at EPFL attracted 21 high school students — 10 women and 11 men — for a full week of lectures, exercises and lab visits built around the theme of scientific programming. With motivations ranging from a general desire to learn more about EPFL overall to a passion for the chemical properties of different materials, students came from the Romandie and other parts of Switzerland — as well as France, the U.S. and even Hong Kong — to deepen their knowledge of the programming language Python. 

  • MARVEL students have "absolutely amazing" experience at the Many Electron Collaboration Summer School

    Five PhD students involved in NCCR MARVEL projects recently travelled to the 2019 Many Electron Collaboration Summer School held at the Simons Foundation in New York. The students spent a week attending lectures on topics ranging from Many Body Physics to Topological Quantum Chemistry to Machine Learning Methods. Participant Sara Fiore, a PhD student at ETH Zurich summarizes their experience, and each of the students gives his or her own take on the school below.

  • Nicola Spaldin named lead editor of Physical Review Research

    Professor Nicola Spaldin of ETH Zürich and project leader of MARVEL Design & Discovery Project 5 has been appointed Lead Editor of Physical Review Research, the new fully open access, multidisciplinary American Physical Society journal being introduced this year. 

  • MARVEL's Clémence Corminboeuf interviewed as part of Nature Chemistry's 10-year celebrations

    To mark the occasion of Nature Chemistry turning 10 years old, the publication asked scientists working in different areas of chemistry to tell them what they thought the most exciting, interesting or challenging aspects related to the development of their main field of research will be. Clémence Corminboeuf,  a member of MARVEL's executive committee as well as professor and head of EPFL's Laboratory for Computational Molecular Design, was asked to give her thoughts on computational chemistry. 

  • NCCR MARVEL acknowledges International Women's Day 2019

    International Women's Day is a day of celebration, acknowledging the social, economic, cultural, political and scientific achievements of women. It is also a day of strikes and activism, serving to highlight deficiencies that still exist and to demand the progress that must still be achieved in advocating and ensuring the rights of women and accelerating better gender balance in all areas of life.  

  • Two papers from NCCR MARVEL researchers make JCP Editor's Choice 2018 list

    NCCR MARVEL director Nicola Marzari and Anatole von Lilienfeld, project leader of Incubator Project 2, were both cited in the Journal of Chemical Physics's Editor's Choice 2018 list, a selection of the JCP articles presenting significant and definitive research in experimental and theoretical areas of the field.  

  • NCCR MARVEL / CECAM team win EPFL Open Science Fund award

    A team made up of Giovanni Pizzi from NCCR MARVEL and Sara Bonella and Ignacio Pagonabarraga from the Centre Européen de Calcul Atomique et Moléculaire (CECAM) won an EPFL Open Science Fund to build an open, collaborative online hub to host simulation and data-analysis tools. The project — called OSSCAR (Open Software Services for Classrooms and Research) — will effectively create an open-science environment that offers software tools as easy-to-use services requiring little or no setup time.