Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) Switzerland

Overview

The Paul Scherrer Institute PSI is the largest research institute for natural and engineering sciences in Switzerland, conducting cutting-edge research in the fields of matter and materials, energy and the environment and human health. By performing fundamental and applied research, we work on sustainable solutions for major challenges facing society, science and economy.

PSI develops, builds and operates complex large-scale research infrastructures, which are available to the national and international research community based on scientific excellence. All of these facilities are unique in Switzerland and some are unique in the world. PSI is the only place in the world where this combination of research infrastructures is found on one campus:

PSI provides access to their large research facilities via a User Service to researchers from universities, other research centres and industry. Every year, PSI registers more than 5000 visits of scientists from around the world, performing their experiments at approximately 40 experimental stations.

Main areas of research

PSI conducts fundamental and applied research aiming to achieve scientific progress in different thematic areas, to answer questions of increasing social relevance and to foster economic development by promoting knowledge and technology transfer. PSI's in-house research is focused on areas in which the on-campus large research facilities are especially suited and advantageous. PSI is committed to scientific excellence and promotes interdisciplinary research across its 6 research divisions:

PSI also operates the Center for Proton Therapy, Switzerland's sole facility for the treatment of specific malignant tumours using protons.

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Research

Date range: 1 November 2020 - 31 October 2021

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) published between 1 November 2020 - 31 October 2021 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the Share for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

Article Count and Share for Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)
Count Share
239 51.33

Outputs by subject (Share)

Outputs by subject
Subject Count Share
148 26.70
82 18.83
35 9.86
22 4.12

Share output for the past 5 years

Share per year
2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
50.04 51.70 46.91 52.25 58.31

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Highlight of the month

Carbon capture in net-zero efforts

© Santiago Urquijo/Moment/Getty Images

Carbon capture could aid net-zero efforts if systems are powered by renewable energy and built close to storage sites.

Efforts to limit global warming will ultimately rely on directly removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. However, extracting, compressing, transporting and storing carbon dioxide uses a lot of energy, water and land.

Now, three researchers from the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland and a collaborator have assessed the efficiencies of several air carbon capture systems across different climate zones based on their power supply — be it solar, waste heat, or grid electricity — and proximity to storage.

Carbon removal efficiency (tonnes of carbon removed versus released) ranged from 9% in Greece, where the electricity grid relies on fossil fuels, to 97% in Norway where waste heat and renewable energy provide most of the power and there is good access to geological storage.

Assessing potential carbon-capture configurations could help determine the most environmentally friendly option for each location.

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References

  1. Environmental Science & Technology 55, 11397−11411 (2021). doi: 10.1021/acs.est.1c03263

View the article on the Nature Index

Collaboration

Date range: 1 November 2020 - 31 October 2021

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 20.69% Domestic
  • 79.31% International

Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.


Top 10 domestic collaborators with Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) by Share (38 total)

  1. Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) (34.47)
    Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)19.69
    Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich)14.78
  2. Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and University of Zurich (UZH) (11.75)
    Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)5.63
    University of Zurich (UZH)6.12
  3. Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) (11.01)
    Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)6.69
    Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)4.32
  4. Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and University of Bern (UniBE) (10.73)
    Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)5.05
    University of Bern (UniBE)5.67
  5. Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and Laboratory for Mesoscopic Systems, ETH Zurich (5.38)
    Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)3.97
    Laboratory for Mesoscopic Systems, ETH Zurich1.41
  6. Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) (4.97)
    Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)2.75
    European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)2.22
  7. Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and University of Basel (UB) (2.67)
    Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)1.82
    University of Basel (UB)0.85
  8. Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) (2.44)
    Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)1.02
    Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA)1.42
  9. Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and University of Geneva (UNIGE) (1.77)
    Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)0.72
    University of Geneva (UNIGE)1.05
  10. Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and UZH/ETH Institute for Biomedical Engineering (IBT) (1.15)
    Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)0.86
    UZH/ETH Institute for Biomedical Engineering (IBT)0.29

Top 10 international collaborators with Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) by Share (759 total)

  1. Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres (10.57)
    Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)4.75
    Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres5.82
  2. Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) (8.99)
    Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)3.83
    Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)5.16
  3. Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) (8.92)
    Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)5.99
    French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)2.94
  4. Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and Max Planck Society (8.73)
    Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)4.36
    Max Planck Society4.37
  5. Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and Leibniz Association (4.56)
    Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)2.92
    Leibniz Association1.65
  6. Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and University of Helsinki (3.76)
    Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)1.78
    University of Helsinki1.98
  7. Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) (3.68)
    Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)1.96
    UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)1.73
  8. Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) (3.59)
    Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)2.55
    The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA)1.05
  9. Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and National Research Council (CNR) (3.42)
    Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)1.39
    National Research Council (CNR)2.03
  10. Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and Stanford University (3.36)
    Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)2.23
    Stanford University1.13

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