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Surprising discovery of a new particle

Studying peculiar properties of a long known metallic material researchers have chanced upon a new particle. It is related to the so-called Weyl fermions that the mathematician Hermann Weyl predicted almost ninety years ago. Weyl had overlooked the particle, which could have interesting applications in electronics.
Creation date/time: 26-11-2015 06:00


The objectives of the Department of Materials at ETH-Zurich are to conduct world-class materials research and to produce materials scientists and engineers who are educated at the highest level. »»


Golden Owl / 24.11.2015

The ETH Zurich’s student association (VSETH) has selected Martin Willeke as a recipient of the “Golden Owl”. The Golden Owl prize was awarded to Martin Willeke at the ETH Tag2015. Each year, VSETH confers the owls to lecturers in appreciation of their excellence in teaching.

How do glassy materials flow? / 19.11.2015

The mechanism of flow in glassy materials is of both fundamental interest and technological importance. To elucidate the mechanism by which glassy materials flow, researchers at the Soft Materials Laboratory in collaboration with a group in FORTH (Greece) have used superposition rheometry applied to model nearly hard sphere colloidal glasses during flow in combination with simulations. The main microscopic mechanism of flow can be identified as a convective cage release. Physical Review Letters

Multimaterial magnetically assisted 3D printing of composite materials / 05.11.2015

André Studart and his colleagues of the Complex Materials group added magnetic particles at different concentrations to resins of varying viscosities. Applying a low magnetic field during the 3D printing process allowed the team to control the orientation of the particles, and hence the texture, within the printed object. Nature, Nature Communications

Order in disordered materials / 13.10.2015

Icosahedral short-range order (SRO) often dominates the structure and thus the properties of metallic glasses. Scientists of the Laboratory of Metal Physics and Technology have now clarified via MD simulations how such icosahedral SRO influences glass formation and mechanical properties. Physical Review Letters

Biomimetic Dental Prosthesis / 29.09.2015

ETH material researchers at the Complex Materials group are developing a procedure that allows them to mimic the complex fine structure of biological composite materials, such as teeth or seashells. They can thus create synthetic materials that are as hard and tough as their natural counterparts. ETH News: English, German; Nature Materials

Phase Transitions in a Magnetic Metamaterial / 22.09.2015

Scientists from the Laboratory for Mesoscopic Systems, together with researchers from the Paul Scherrer Institute and University of St. Andrews, have measured phase transitions in a frustrated magnetic metamaterial made up of mesoscopic magnets using low energy muons. PSI Public & Media, Nature Communications

Prof. Nicola Spaldin was being awarded the Körber Prize, Updates / 11.09.2015, 03.11.2015 (update)

  • In celebration of the award, the Körber-Stiftung produced the video "Prof. Nicola Spaldin: Winner of the Körber European Science Prize 2015". YouTube: English, German
  • Bayern 2 Radio has an interesting contribution about the Körber Prise in the Radio Show "IQ - Wissenschaft und Forschun". Bayern 2: Podcast (about 11:30 minutes in, German only)
  • Spektrum (German only)

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Materials Alumni Fachverein (SMW)
Scientific Staff Association at the Department of Materials (SAM)

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