Robert Grass | Professor, Functional Materials Laboratory
ETH Zurich

Robert Grass, Professor, Functional Materials Laboratory, ETH Zurich

Robert Grass (1979, Austrian/Swiss) is Titulary Professor at the Functional Materials Laboratory at ETH Zurich. He studied Chemical Engineering at ETH with a stay at CASE Western Reserve University Cleveland in 2003 after which he pursued a PhD at ETH Zurich. In 2021 he spent half a year at the company Lonza to assist in the manufacturing of COVID-19 vaccines. His research is situated at the intersection of chemistry, material science and product design. He is recipient of the 2021 European innovator award and co-founder of three ETH Spin-off companies. His current research is focused on digital application of nucleic acids, which comprise product barcoding, DNA data storage and crytography.  


Day 1 (26th June) @ 16:00

Panel: Should we ever delete data?

Day 1 (26th June) @ 17:00

Does the future of data storage lie in DNA?

DNA extracted from ancient samples gives us (biological) information of what our world looked like hundred thousand years ago. I will discuss why and how we can use exactly this molecule to store the digital information of our current world for the future. The interdisciplinary approach combines biochemistry (DNA synthesis and sequencing), computer science (error correction coding) and material engineering (synthetic fossils) and allows for digital data integrety for thousands of years. Having access to such technology allows us to think about what we information we should store for future generations and how we can guarantee that the information remains useful.

last published: 17/Jun/24 14:15 GMT

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