SNI update December 2018

The December issue of our newsletter SNI update is now online. You will find a story of a successful Nano Argovia project, which has created a great deal of media coverage. We introduce the young professor Jelena Klinovaja at the Department of Physics of the University of Basel and report on various events that took […]

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Winners of the Nano Image Award

Congratulations to the winners of this years’ Nano Image Award and many thanks to all who submitted their fascinating images of the nano- and microworld.      

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Electron beams reveal the three-dimensional structure of nanocrystals

In a collaboration with the companies Dectris Ltd. (Baden) and Crystallise! AG (Schlieren), supported by the Swiss Nanoscience Institute (SNI), researchers from the Paul Scherrer Institute, ETH Zurich, and the University of Basel have shown that electron beam diffraction is ideally suited to determining the three-dimensional structure of crystals. Providing a complement to the technique […]

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Quantum Technologies Flagship: Basel physicists participate in three research consortia

Today, the European Commission launched its flagship initiative on quantum technologies. Three research groups from the Department of Physics at the University of Basel are involved. The aim of the 1 billion euro research and technology funding program is to develop radically new and powerful quantum technologies by exploiting various quantum effects. Quantum physics describes […]

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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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