Controllable nanocapsules thanks to a biovalve

Researchers at the University of Basel have succeeded in developing synthetic nanocapsules, in which enzymatic reactions can be triggered by external factors. Scientists from Basel’s Swiss Nanoscience Institute (SNI) and Department of Chemistry have integrated biovalves into the membranes of the capsules. These membranes become permeable in a reversible manner as soon as a certain […]

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Cool kids, cool experiments: girls@science and boys@science

As in previous years, the Swiss foundation Schweizer Jugend forscht offers the unique chance to dive into the world of natural sciences and engineering. This year, the Swiss Nanoscience Institute participates in these activities for kids between 10 and 13 for the first time and supplements the activities of the Department of Physics.  More information at  girls@science […]

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SNI update September 2017

The September issue of SNI update is now online. You will find information about a successful project at the Biozentrum and about Dr. Andreas Baumgartner, the new head of the SNI PhD School. Descriptions of two Nano Argovia projects are included as well as reports of some events, announcements and media releases.

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Bacterial Nanosized Speargun Works Like a Power Drill

In order to get rid of unpleasant competitors, some bacteria use a sophisticated weapon – a nanosized speargun. Researchers at the University of Basel’s Biozentrum have now gained new insights into the construction, mode of action and recycling of this weapon. As they report in the journal “Nature Microbiology”, the speargun drills a hole into […]

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Nanocapsules Enable Cell-Inspired Metabolic Reactions

Researchers at the University of Basel succeeded in developing capsules capable of producing the bio-molecule glucose-6-phosphate that plays an important role in metabolic processes. The researchers were able to produce the metabolite in conditions very similar to the biochemical reaction inside natural cells. The results have been published in the scientific journal Chemical Communications. Metabolic […]

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Quantum Sensors Decipher Magnetic Ordering in a New Semiconducting Material

For the first time, physicists have successfully imaged spiral magnetic ordering in a multiferroic material. These materials are considered highly promising candidates for future data storage media. The researchers were able to prove their findings using unique quantum sensors that were developed at Basel University and that can analyze electromagnetic fields on the nanometer scale. […]

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Using Mirrors to Improve the Quality of Light Particles

Scientists from the University of Basel’s Department of Physics and the Swiss Nanoscience Institute have succeeded in dramatically improving the quality of individual photons generated by a quantum system. The scientists have successfully put a 10-year-old theoretical prediction into practice. With their paper, published recently in Physical Review X, they have taken an important step […]

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High-speed Quantum Memory for Photons

Physicists from the University of Basel have developed a memory that can store photons. These quantum particles travel at the speed of light and are thus suitable for high-speed data transfer. The researchers were able to store them in an atomic vapor and read them out again later without altering their quantum mechanical properties too […]

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Two Basel Physicists Receive prestigious EU Grants

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded both professors Jelena Klinovaja and Ilaria Zardo from the Department of Physics at the University of Basel an ERC Starting Grant. The two physicists will receive up to 1.5 million Euros over the course of the next five years for their ambitious research projects. For quantum computers to […]

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Like a Revolving Door: How Shuttling Proteins Operate Nuclear Pores

Nuclear pore complexes are tiny channels where the exchange of substances between the cell nucleus and the cytoplasm takes place. Scientists at the University of Basel report on startling new research that might overturn established models of nuclear transport regulation. Their study published in the Journal of Cell Biology reveals how shuttling proteins known as […]

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