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  • A new tool for discovering nanoporous materials

    In their paper Quantifying similarity of pore-geometry in nanoporous materials, Prof. Berend Smit and his MARVEL team present a mathematical method for describing and comparing pore shape in nanoporous materials. For nanoporous materials, pore shape is as important a determinant of performance as chemical composition. However, an effective method to quantify similarity of pore geometry had been lacking so far. 

  • Nicola Spaldin has been elected as Fellow of the Royal Society

    On 5 May 2017, Nicola Spaldin, MARVEL group leader and professor of Material Theory at ETH Zurich, has been elected as Fellows of the Royal Society for her outstanding contributions to science, in particular in the field of multiferroics.

  • A breakthrough on Weyl semimetals

    It is not often that materials science ventures into the territory of particle physics — but with the study of Weyl semimetals, it does. In Weyl semimetals, energy bands cross at pairs of points at the Fermi level, and the low-energy excitations near these crossing points fulfil the Weyl equation. In other words, thanks to their unusual band topology, Weyl semimetals realize Weyl fermions as quasiparticles. This is exciting news for fundamental physics: Weyl fermions have been predicted in 1929 but remain elusive in high energy experiments. Weyl semi-metals allow us to study these fundamental particles and their exotic physics in condensed matter.

  • Materials simulation project manager @ Varinor, Delémont

    An open position for a materials simulation project manager is available at Varinor (Delémont, Switzerland).

  • Diamants, alu, caoutchouc, ils sont fous ces matériaux in autumn 2017

    MARVEL and EPFL Science outreach department announce a new edition of the science workshop Diamants, alu, caoutchouc, ils sont fous ces matériaux, an initiative of the equal opportunities actions targeted at young girls and taking place at EPFL.

  • 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.

  • Sandra Luber receives the 2017 Clara Immerwahr Award

    Dr. Sandra Luber, MARVEL member in computational chemistry and materials science at the University of Zurich, has been granted the Clara Immerwahr Award 2017 for her outstanding research contributions to the field of catalysis.

  • Nicola Spaldin receives the 2017 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards

    Professor Nicola Spaldin, group leader in MARVEL, and professor of Material Theory at ETH Zurich, has been awarded the prestigious 2017 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards “for her groundbreaking multidisciplinary work predicting, describing and creating new materials that have switchable magnetic and ferroelectric properties.”

  • 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.