Communication

  • Fifteen AiiDA developers meet in the Swiss Alps and successfully improve the informatics platform

    Fifteen developers successfully contributed to improve the AiiDA informatics platform during one coding week taking place in the Swiss Alps in early December 2016. About half of the participants were core AiiDA developers, the other participants were programmers motivated to contribute to AiiDA.

  • Equal opportunity actions for young girls at EPFL in 2017

    MARVEL and EPFL Science outreach department announce two initiatives of the equal opportunities actions targeted at young girls and taking place at EPFL.

  • 7th MaNEP winter school on Quantum Materials at the Nanoscale

    The 2017 MaNEP Winter School will take place in Saas Fee from January 8 to 13 2017. It combines introductory courses with more specialized lectures in the field of correlated quantum matter.

  • Artificial intelligence helps in the discovery of new materials

    With the help of artificial intelligence, MARVEL chemists from the group of Prof. Anatole von Lilienfeld at the University of Basel have computed the characteristics of about two million crystals made up of four chemical elements. The researchers were able to identify 90 previously unknown thermodynamically stable crystals that can be regarded as new materials. 

  • Elusive quasiparticle discovered in diphosphide materials

    A team of MARVEL researchers of both the group of Prof. Oleg Yazyev at EPFL and the group of Prof. Matthias Troyer at ETHZ have predicted the existence of Weyl fermions in two Weyl semimetals, molybdenum diphosphide and tungsten diphosphide. The scientists used a high-throughput computational method screening a large database of existing materials, performing electronic-structure computations for each candidate.

  • New particle could form the basis of energy-saving electronics

    The Weyl fermion, just discovered in the past year, moves through materials practically without resistance. Now MARVEL researchers at PSI (group of Ming Shi) and EPFL (group of Oleg Yazyev) are showing how it could be put to use in electronic components. 

  • MARVEL was present at the 4th ASESMA school

    The 4th African School on "Electronic Structure Methods and Applications", ASESMA-2016, took place at Accra, Ghana, from June 13 to 24, 2016.

  • A novel quasi-one-dimensional topological insulator theoretically predicted and experimentally confirmed by the team of Oleg V. Yazyev

    MARVEL researchers in the group of Professor Oleg V. Yazyev at the Institute of Theoretical Physics of EPFL have theoretically predicted and experimentally confirmed, the  topological insulator behaviour of the beta-phase of  the  quasi-one-dimensional bismuth iodide, Bi4I4.

  • Type-II Weyl semimetals proposed by the team of Matthias Troyer

    A team of researchers of Professor Matthias Troyer, group leader in MARVEL, and professor for Computational Physics at the Institute for Theoretical Physics at ETH Zurich, propose the existence of a previously overlooked type of Weyl fermion.

  • Volcano plots used for first time in homogeneous catalysis

    For the first time ever, MARVEL researchers in the group of Clémence Corminboeuf at EPFL used volcano plots – normally used in heterogeneous catalysis research – to study homogeneous catalysis.

  • 3 negotiation workshops for women in science

    The NCCRs MARVEL, QSIT - Quantum Science and Technology, Digital Fabrication, Synapsy, Kidney - control of homeostasis, MUST, RNA & Disease, SwissMAP, Bio-Inspired Materials, PlanetS, and the SCCER-FURIES are pleased to announce three negotiation workshops with Nancy Houfek for women in science. These workshops entitled "strong women/strategic performance: achieving success in meetings & negotiations" combine theater, negotiation and leadership techniques and are unique opportunities.

  • Graphene Meets Heat Waves

    MARVEL researchers in the group of Nicola Marzari at EPFL have shed new light on the fundamental mechanisms of heat dissipation in graphene and other two-dimensional materials. They have shown that heat can propagate as a wave over very long distances. This is key information for engineering the electronics of tomorrow.