Navigation Links
On the road to creating an affordable master instrument
Date:12/9/2011

Fischli, who is co-founder of the biomedical company Actelion and an enthusiastic hobby violinist, says "In my opinion it would have been unforgivable to allow such an interesting project one that so ideally links science and the art of violin making to wither for lack of funding." Fischli hopes that the Empa specialists will finally uncover the secret of why violin makers such as Stradivarius and Guarnerius managed to make instruments of such fantastic quality around 1700. Their craftsmanship is, of course, one decisive and undisputed factor but it seems that the wood they used also played a vital role. "Using modern science to explain the technical details of the material properties is something I find enormously interesting," says Fischli.

Developing a standard wood treatment process in an interdisciplinary way

The project, which commenced at the beginning of September and will run for three years, is led by Iris Brmaud, a specialist in the field of tonal woods. The French scientist is responsible for ensuring that the treatment with the white rot fungi P. vitreus and Xylaria longipes optimally "ennobles" samples of spruce and maple woods. In addition she is already in contact with Michael Baumgartner, the renowned instrument maker from Basel. Under his guidance the "fungus violins" using the treated wood will be created.

Before Empa can take delivery of the first violin, however, numerous tests on both treated and untreated wood samples must be carried out. Experts are currently systematically measuring the density of the wood, the speed of sound in it and its acoustic attenuation. Specialists in the field of ultrasonics are developing methods to determine where the fungus was active and where not. Other scientists expert in optical measurement techniques are using their specialist methods to create images showing how sound is radiated by the different woods and also complete instruments. The final steps should involve collabo
'/>"/>

Contact: Prof. Dr. Francis Schwarze
francis.schwarze@empa.ch
41-587-657-247
Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA)
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Better beer: College team creating anticancer brew
2. Argonne scientists discover possible mechanism for creating handedness in biological molecules
3. Creating ideal neural cells for clinical use
4. Marine microbes creating green waves in industry
5. Marine microbes creating green waves in industry
6. Stimulus-funded university research addressing issues from climate change to cancer, creating jobs and training a new generation of scientists
7. Melting tundra creating vast river of waste into Arctic Ocean
8. Scientists are first to unlock the mystery of creating cultured pearls from the queen conch
9. Forest deal at Copenhagen must avoid creating carbon refugees
10. VAI researchers find long awaited key to creating drought resistant crops
11. Creating a dream breed
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
On the road to creating an affordable master instrument
(Date:10/31/2014)... In the war against Ebola one important hurdle has ... Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel ... of mice that can be infected with Ebola and ... work, published in the current issue of Science ... and vaccines, which are desperately needed to curb the ...
(Date:10/31/2014)...  HITLAB SM , a healthcare innovation and ... HITLAB Innovators Summit SM on December 1, ... partner with the Clinton Foundation,s Health Matters Initiative, ... Business School Alumni Club of New ... Operations Research, bringing together leaders in healthcare and ...
(Date:10/30/2014)... in German . ... fellow humans to behave socially? This is one of ... theory. Previous studies assumed that it is almost impossible ... the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology have now ... on the cooperative behaviour of others. However, the possibilities ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Improved mouse model will accelerate research on potential Ebola vaccines, treatments 2HITLAB Announces Inaugural HITLAB Innovators Summit 2HITLAB Announces Inaugural HITLAB Innovators Summit 3Together we are strong -- or insufferable 2Together we are strong -- or insufferable 3Together we are strong -- or insufferable 4
... This press release is available in German . ... pathogens and rogue cells in the body and put them out ... migrate from there into the thymus. Here, they mature and differentiate ... Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics in Freiburg have now succeeded for ...
... Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in April ... fisheries. A new study published in the Canadian Journal of ... 7 years this oil spill could have a $US8.7 billion impact ... in revenue, profit, and wages, and close to 22 000 jobs ...
... The understanding of diseases such as Parkinson,s and Alzheimer,s ... technology at which will enable cell analysis using automated ... School of Information Communication Technology and the Eskitis Institute ... the automated identification, separation and analysis of cells as ...
Cached Biology News:Live from the thymus: T-cells on the move 2Live from the thymus: T-cells on the move 3
(Date:10/31/2014)... FAIRFIELD, Connecticut (PRWEB) October 31, 2014 ... remains sanitary is an uphill battle in many corners ... for a rural farming community in northwestern Bolivia where ... is where a group from Fairfield University’s School of ... at the Unidad Academica Campesina (UAC), “the united college ...
(Date:10/31/2014)... October 30, 2014 Two separate ... were hosted by Charm Sciences at its Andover, ... week in the US, the participants discussed international ... hygiene management, and process verification, and received hands-on ... This was the first visit to the United ...
(Date:10/31/2014)... (PRWEB) October 31, 2014 This ... Global and China Biocides industry. The report provides ... and industry chain structure as well as industry ... including China’s domestic market as well as Global ... analysis. The report on the Chinese biocides ...
(Date:10/31/2014)... 2014 ENVIRON , an ... today that Dr. Harvey Clewell III has rejoined ... work closely with senior professionals in ENVIRON’s Health ... serve at The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences ... where he is Director, Center for Human Health ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Fairfield University School of Engineering project reduces illness in rural community 2Fairfield University School of Engineering project reduces illness in rural community 3Charm Sciences Hosts Executives from Latin America for Dairy Safety Executive Seminar 2Biocides Market for International & Chinese Regional Development Analysis Now Available at DeepResearchReports.com 2Biocides Market for International & Chinese Regional Development Analysis Now Available at DeepResearchReports.com 3Internationally recognized health scientist Dr. Harvey Clewell renews association with ENVIRON 2Internationally recognized health scientist Dr. Harvey Clewell renews association with ENVIRON 3
... Spherix Incorporated (NASDAQ: SPEX ) – ... syndrome and atherosclerosis, and provider of technical and regulatory ... today announced that it has entered into definitive agreements ... stock and warrants to purchase shares of its common ...
... +49(0)69-2222-34066 France: +33(0)1-70-48-01-63 U.K.: +44(0)20-7660-0009 ... is 5634610; to view the webcast, log onto: ... March 13, 2012 - Annual press conference in Goettingen, Germany ... Germany April 24, 2012 - Publication of first-quarter ...
... A relatively fast, easy and inexpensive technique for ... self-assemble into one-, two- and even three-dimensional macroscopic ... researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE),s ... should enable more effective use of nanorods in ...
Cached Biology Technology:Spherix Announces Registered Direct Offering of $1.15 Million 2Spherix Announces Registered Direct Offering of $1.15 Million 3Preliminary Figures for 2011: Sartorius Grows at Double-Digit Rates and Boosts Operating Earnings by More Than 30% 2Self-assembling nanorods: Berkeley Lab researchers obtain 1-, 2- and 3-D nanorod arrays and networks 2Self-assembling nanorods: Berkeley Lab researchers obtain 1-, 2- and 3-D nanorod arrays and networks 3Self-assembling nanorods: Berkeley Lab researchers obtain 1-, 2- and 3-D nanorod arrays and networks 4
... A full-featured high-performance ICP-MS system designed for ... interface, Omega II off-axis ion lens, true ... 7500a can handle the widest range of ... the 7500a now includes as standard Agilents ...
... Identical to the DH-2000, except that it ... 190-1700 nm wavelength range and comes with a ... up to 5 Hz) The DH-2000 ... spectrum of deuterium and tungsten halogen light sources ...
One controller two vessel system suitable for early stage of fermentation, and small scale, Application : cultivation of microorganisms and human or animal cells...
... handy dispensers save space and organize ... other garb. They are the perfect ... used in labs, processing and manufacturing. ... and the particles they attract. Many ...
Biology Products: