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Research focus and highlights

18 Synchrotron light 28 Neutrons and muons 36 Particle physics and

nuclear chemistry

42 Micro- and

nanotechnology

Examples from PSI’s research portfolio in 2008 are presented on the following pages, but this is only a very small sample of the cuttingedge research being performed at the Institute.

46 Biomolecular research

A large number of results in various fields of science have been obtained

50 Radiopharmacy

at PSI’s large-scale facilities; for example, research at SLS provided

54 Large research facilities 56 Proton therapy 60 General energy 70 CCEM-CH 72 Nuclear energy and safety 86 Environment and

energy systems analysis

insights into the structures of novel nanomaterials, the inner workings of photocatalysts and processes in biomolecules. The fascinating interactions between superconductivity and magnetism were among the topics investigated with muons and neutrons. The development of a new process for turning wet biomass into methane, and thus making the solar energy stored in these materials available for use in households and vehicles, is but one example of PSI’s activities towards a sustainable energy supply. In the field of nuclear energy and safety, current research projects include the investigation of the geological conditions required for the storage of nuclear waste and the development of methods for monitoring material fatigue in nuclear power plants. In environmental research, information gained from an ice core drilled in the Siberian Altai Mountains showed the influence of solar activity and greenhouse gases on the local climate, and a new method developed by researchers from PSI and ETHZ will allow even more precise dating of ice cores in the future. Activities in the medical field covered a very broad range, from fundamental research into the origins of various diseases to the treatment of actual patients at the proton therapy facility. The year 2008 was the first year of continuous patient treatment at Gantry 1, as well as

Reto Flückiger, PhD student in the Electrochemistry Laboratory, preparing a tomography experiment on gas diffusion layers for fuel cells.

a year of considerable progress in the development of future facilities and technologies for proton therapy at PSI.

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Scientific Report 2008  

The whole range of PSI's research in more than 100 pages – this is what the new Scientific Report has to offer. Examples of the latest scien...

Scientific Report 2008  

The whole range of PSI's research in more than 100 pages – this is what the new Scientific Report has to offer. Examples of the latest scien...