2017

Urban WtE – Développement d’une plateforme à bas coûts pour le suivi des performances de modules solaires

Christophe Baillif (PV Lab / STI)

Ce projet fait suite à un début de collaboration entre le PV-LAB (EPFL) et le CIFRES (ESP-Sénégal) autour de la thématique relative aux performances et à la fiabilité des modules PV en milieu sahélien. Cette collaboration a souligné le besoin de disposer d’une plateforme bon marché, robuste et facilement déployable pour le suivi des performances de modules dans des environnements variés et dépourvu d’accès au réseau électrique. Ce projet devrait permettre de développer et valider un prototype d’une telle plateforme.

Waste-to-energy multi-feedstock systems as an integrated waste management strategy in Colombia – UrbanWtE

François Marechal (STI/IPESE)

Organic waste is an important component of waste production in large cities, particularly in developing countries. This project aims to develop a decision methodology for comparing urban organic waste streams valorisation pathways.The methods are based on supply chain modeling and thermo-economic optimisation using science-based sustainability metrics. Results are part of an integrated waste management strategy that integrates the logistics of feedstock (wastes) supply and the different processing process options.

Caractérisation physique et biochimique de Bioactifs induits chez des micro-algues thermophiles issues des eaux géothermales de la Tunisie

Christian Ludwig (ENAC/GR-LUD)

Ce projet initie la collaboration entre le laboratoire des procédés chimiques et matériaux (GR-LUD), à l’Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) spécialisé dans le domaine de culture des micro-algues et le laboratoire B3 Aqua de l’INSTM Tunisie en vue de la caractérisation de composés bioactifs issues de microalgues isolées des eaux géothermales tunisienne. Ce projet vise à favoriser les échanges entre les deux laboratoires par un stage de thèse de 4 mois et des missions de travail. Les résultats acquis serviront pour la préparation d’un projet de recherche de grande envergure..

 

TTM – Technology Transfer Monitor

Berend Smit (ENT/CEN)

The project aims at initiating research collaboration between the Energy Center (EPFL) and different partners in the Global South to evaluate, both qualitatively and quantitatively, the successes and failures of technology transfer in the energy sector. The results will be used to reinforce partnerships (locally and abroad) and apply for additional funding in view of developing a technology-transfer monitoring and evaluation tool to foster sustainable energy investment and energy technology transfer to developing countries.

 

AFMTcruzi – Analysis by High Speed AFM and Fluid Force Microscopy of Trypanosoma cruzi – Host Cell Interactions: New insights about cell adhesion and action of anti-parasite drugs

Geord Fantner (STI/LBNI)

The main objective of this project is the investigation of parasite-host cell interactions using AFM techniques and further to test the effects of new anti-parasite drugs. For that we will use FluidFM Probe Microscopy to trap the parasite on the AFM tip and to test their nanomechanical interactions with human cells, in the presence and absence of drugs. Further, we plan to utilize a novel microfluid chip to trap parasites and acquire real-time AFM images to investigate the nanomechanical properties of the parasite cell membrane upon drug administration.

 

PCWO – Platform for Community Water Observatories

Daniel Gatica-Perez (STI/LIDIAP)

The objective of the present project is to reuse and appropriate a mobile crowdsourcing platform developed by the Mexican partner, to host Community Water Observatories (CWOs) in Colombia, thus engaging two Latin-American countries in expertise sharing. Through the adapted platform, Colombian youth will delimit their water-basin on an interactive map and upload visual, numerical, and textual data on its main characteristics and problems. The PCWO is a component of the initiative “Education for Water Protection in Colombia”, led by the NGO SieNi.

 

VietSense – Development of edible sensors films and their sensory testing for the rapid detection of food spoilage in Vietnam

Francesco Stellacci (STI/IMX/SuNMIL)

Enhancement of spoilage detection in biofilm sensors. Followed by the evaluation of food quality in sensory lab and the correlation to biofilm sensor detection. Exploration of the applicability of biofilms for daily/consumer use for a variety of food products in Vietnam.

Social Concrete: Argamassa Armada: Recovering a building technology for social housing in Salvador de Bahia

Patricia Guaita (ENAC/ALICE)

Argamassa Armada is a building technology developed by the Brazilian architect João Filgueiras Lima (known as Lelé), that facilitates slender building elements fabricated on site and assembled without the use of cranes. The project proposes to further develop, test and use argamassa armada in a technologically advanced manner for the design and building of elements for social housing units in poor urban contexts, beginning with a testWcase in the city where the technology was first developed, Salvador de Bahia, Brazil.

 

NAsCENT – Nanostructured Antimicrobial Catheters to reducE Nosocomial infecTions

Magali Lingenfelder (SB/Max Planck Nano Lab)

Argentina has 28,700 annual deaths from health care-associated infections. Infections started at catheters are among the most frequent. We propose a new biomimetic approach to inhibit the adhesion of microorganisms and the growth of biofilms that contaminate catheters and produce infections. The novelty of our approach lies on the use of highly versatile and cheap biocompatible thin films that can be tuned to expose nanostructured surfaces that inhibit the adhesion of microorganisms in intravascular catheters.

 

Computational and experimental design of low-cost solar cells with enhanced efficiencies

Ursula Röthlisberger (LCBC / SB)

In this project we aim at elaborating on a joint computational-experimental collaboration that we started last year with the goal of fabricating low- cost environmentally friendly solar cells. Via this collaboration, the Seed Money grant will be partly used for helping our start-up company in Iran to move from seed stage to Minimum viable production phase (by fabricating the first module sized perovskite cell) and also to equip the Iranian partner with the minimum computational infrastructure and knowledge necessary for performing quantum calculations. The predictive results of these calculations will facilitate the fabrication process for the experimental partner in Iran.