SNI update October 2018

The new issue of our newsletter SNI update is online. You’ll find information about Tino Matter, the winner of the prize for the best master’s thesis. We introduce two of our new nanoscience students and we explain the goals of the Nano-Argovia projects NanoGhip and NQsense. Additionally, we announce several events and report on recent […]

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Metal leads to the desired configuration

Scientists at the University of Basel have found a way to change the spatial arrangement of bipyridine molecules on a surface. These potential components of dye-sensitized solar cells form complexes with metals and thereby alter their chemical conformation. The results of this interdisciplinary collaboration between chemists and physicists from Basel were recently published in the […]

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Jens Gobrecht receives Honorary Membership

In September during the SNI’s Annual Event, SNI director Professor Christian Schönenberger bestowed honorary membership on Professor Jens Gobrecht (Paul Scherrer Institute) in recognition of his major contributions to the applied research program Nano Argovia and his continuous support of the Swiss Nanoscience Institute.

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Probing individual edge states with unprecedented precision

A new technique makes it possible to obtain an individual fingerprint of the current-carrying edge states occurring in novel materials such as topological insulators or 2D materials. Physicists of the University of Basel present the new method together with American scientists in “Nature Communications.” While insulators do not conduct electrical currents, some special materials exhibit […]

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Apply now for the new PhD School projects

For the year 2019, eight new PhD projects have been approved. Highly motivated young scientists are invited to apply. The successful candidates will join the attractive SNI program that currently supports more than 30 young scientists. (flyer) Each doctoral student is supervised by two scientists from the interdisciplinary SNI network. Within this network, scientific exchange and […]

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New mechanism of electron spin relaxation observed

Physicists at the University of Basel are working on using the spin of an electron confined in a semiconductor nanostructure as a unit of information for future quantum computers. For the first time, they have now been able to experimentally demonstrate a mechanism of electron spin relaxation that was predicted 15 years ago. The scientists […]

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Novel approach to coherent control of a three-level quantum system

  For the first time, researchers were able to study quantum interference in a three-level quantum system and thereby control the behavior of individual electron spins. To this end, they used a novel nanostructure, in which a quantum system is integrated into a nanoscale mechanical oscillator in form of a diamond cantilever. Nature Physics has […]

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Summer issue of SNI update

The July issue of SNI update is now online! You’ll find articles about sustainable pest management in winegrowing, about an award-winning former PhD student of the SNI PhD School and about two applied research projects. Additionally, we report on different events and announce calls for the Nano-Argovia program and the Nano Image Award.  We hope […]

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Call for Nano Argovia projects

It’s that time again. You can submit proposals for the SNI’s Nano Argovia applied research program up until September 30, 2018. All of the necessary information can be found at: www.nanoargovia.ch

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Electrical contact to molecules in semiconductor structures established for the first time

Electrical circuits are constantly being scaled down and extended with specific functions. A new method now allows electrical contact to be established with simple molecules on a conventional silicon chip. The technique promises to bring advances in sensor technology and medicine, as reported in the journal Nature by chemists from the University of Basel and […]

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