Design and Characterization of Smart Nanostructured Coatings for Medical Applications
This highly interdisciplinary project aims at the design of antimicrobial coatings. The student will contribute to design and nanostructural characterizations of the coating using microscopy techniques, scattering methods and spectroscopy as well as performing antimicrobial assays.
Efficient Carbon based Water Adsorbers 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. The in-house developed next generation carbons will have to be upscaled, integrated in a heat exchanger prototype and fully tested.
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.
„Genotoxicity of engineered Nanomaterials”
Engineered nanomaterials (ENM) are intentionally manufactured nanomaterials with novel physicochemical characteristics that find application in industry, healthcare and in the field of biomedicine. Despite the many benefits of ENM, there is a growing concern on the potential consequences of ENM exposure to human health and the environment. Our interest lies in nanosafety assessment and the investigation of the genotoxic potential of ENM. In the context of the proposed master project, we will investigate the effects of different ENM on DNA damage induction in human cells. One method to assess ENM induced DNA damage is the automated FADU (Fluorimetric detection of Alkaline DNA Unwinding [1]) assay, which measures DNA strand breaks. The results obtained by using this assay will be compared to results of the comet assay, currently the most frequently used method for assessment of nanogenotoxicity. Another part of this project is the analysis of potential interferences of ENM with the FADU assay.
Residual Stress Analysis of Cold Forged Components Using X-ray Diffraction
The master thesis aims to systematically investigate residual stresses using X-ray methods of cold forged parts after undergoing different hardening processes and steps. The parts will be investigated as produced as well as after extensive use in durability tests.
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.
Studying the efficiency of urban ventilation corridors with wind tunnel measurements
The aim of this project is to study which parameters influence the heat and pollutant removal efficiency of urban ventilation corridors.
Flame-made nanoparticles: From physicochemical properties to medical applications
ETH Zurich and Empa SG offer a multidisciplinary master's thesis project whose goal is to identify physicochemical properties (oxidation states, surface charge, etc.) that are relevant for the antioxidant properties of ceria nanoparticles synthesized by flame-spray pyrolysis.

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