Newsletter March 2024
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March 21, 2024
A passenger aircraft burns around 3.5 litres of aviation fuel per person per 100 kilometres. (Image: Adobe Stock)
Is climate-neutral air travel possible?
Air traffic is responsible for two to three percent of global carbon dioxide emissions. To meet the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement and make air travel climate-neutral by 2050, PSI is carrying out research into sustainable aviation fuel. This could make an important contribution to reducing the climate damage caused by aviation.

The cameras are placed on a structure that allows data to be taken from a wide range of corals. © LWimages
AI-powered system maps corals in 3D in record time
An artificial intelligence system developed at EPFL can produce 3D maps of coral reefs from camera footage in just a few minutes. It marks a major leap forward in deep-sea exploration and conservation capabilities for organizations like the Transnational Red Sea Center.

Students work on "critical function prototypes" in which everything that is not necessary for testing a certain hypothesis or innovation idea is omitted. (Photograph: Alessandro Della Bella)
ETH students accelerate private sector innovation
Students at ETH Zurich are working together with engineers from the technology firm Bühler to accelerate innovation and minimise the attendant risks. It's a fruitful collaboration that other companies are also poised to benefit from.

The mobile mass spectrometer MS2field – deployed here at a wastewater treatment plant – permits automated measurement of contaminants at extremely low concentrations with high temporal resolution. (Photo: Eawag)
More targeted treatment of industrial wastewater
The development of Swiss wastewater treatment is ongoing. Eawag studies now show that there is also potential for improvement in the case of emissions from chemical and pharmaceutical plants – both at wastewater treatment plants and within industrial facilities.

Empa researchers designed this system to analyze several platform chemicals simultaneously. (Image: Empa)
Defects welcome
Is it possible to convert CO2 back to fuels or other useful chemicals? Absolutely – but not in a very targeted way just yet. Empa researcher Alessandro Senocrate is looking at defects in materials that will help us achieve this goal.

(Illustration: ETH Zurich / Francesco Schito)
Cutting-edge research from Basel
From new tests and therapies to the fundamental principles of biology: five compelling examples of the benefits of new bioengineering technologies.

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