Development of vesicles for localized treatment of psoriasis
Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin disorder that drastically impairs the quality of life of patients. Nowadays topical therapy is the most commonly used initial treatment but conventional formulations serve the purpose only to a limited extent. Therefore, novel treatment approaches are urgently needed. The aim of the project consists in developing vesicles able to penetrate transdermally and elicit a targeted localized effect. Vesicles are developed to maintain the drug active over time, to facilitate its penetration through the skin and to deliver the active compound to the specific area. To achieve a continuous supply of drug over time, drug carriers are embedded into electrospun fibers which are expected to progressively degrade and release the vesicles continuously.
Risk assessment of nanomaterials
Engineered Nanomaterials (ENM) are contained in many commercial products. During various stages of the life cycle of a product, ENM can be released into the environment. The aim of this work is to investigate release, flows and risks of ENM in the environment, based on a life-cycle perspective.
LICARA NanoSCAN - a web based tool for sustainable nanomaterials
Empa, TNO and the Nano-Cluster Bodensee designed the LICARA NanoSCAN together with partners from industry and science to help SMEs to develop sustainable innovative nanomaterials, products and applications. The LICARA NanoSCAN helps to assess the benefits and risks of nanomaterials.
Internship/traineeship: Microbial degradation of epoxy and carbon epoxy composites
Empa’s Laboratory for Mechanical Systems Engineering in Dübendorf in collaboration with Empa’s Applied Wood Laboratory in St. Gallen aims at investigating and characterizing the microbial degradation of epoxy and of carbon fiber-reinforced epoxy composites.
Integrating Novel Hole Transport Materials in Perovskite based Solar Cells
Intense research on organo-metal halide perovskite–based solar cells has led to a rapid improvement in power conversion efficiencies from 3.8 to >21% over the last 6 years. Although the perovskite solar cells show great potential, several science and engineering challenges need to be addressed.
Nanofiber Based Sensors for Volatile Organic Compounds
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are by-products of rapidly growing cells and commonly produced by organic decomposition. Their existence and concentrations are considered as quality indicators for many products as well as biomarkers in metabolic diseases. Furthermore, many volatile compounds are t
Development of Cancer Microtissues for the quantitative Performance Assessment of Radiotherapy using Nanoparticle Radioenhancers
Cancer therapy remains a global challenge. New conceptual approaches need to be developed in order to explore new, transformative therapies. In this project, you will develop a mini-tumour model to assess the efficiency of nanoparticle-enhanced radiotherapy.
Atomistic Simulation of Carbon Sorbents for Sustainable Cooling
Energy efficiency of cooling and air conditioning are a significant future challenge. Activated Carbon xerogels are promising water adsorbers for sustainable cooling. In order to optimize their performance the link atomistic structure-performance has to be better understood.

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