We keep our fingers crossed

On April 28th and 29th, the first international nanocar race takes place in Toulouse. A team of the Department of Physics and the Swiss Nanoscience Institute at the University of Basel participates and has good chances to win. We keep our fingers crossed for the pilots Dr. Rémy Pawlak und Tobias Meier from the research […]

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Annual report 2016

The Annual Report is finalized and can be downloaded. The general part of the report describes some highlights of 2016, the scientific part contains reports of the running projects in the Nano Argovia Program and of the SNI PhD school. download   

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Rare Earths Become Water-repellent Only as They Age

Surfaces that have been coated with rare earth oxides develop water-repelling properties only after contact with air. Even at room temperature, chemical reactions begin with hydrocarbons in the air. In the journal Scientific Reports, researchers from the University of Basel, the Swiss Nanoscience Institute and the Paul Scherrer Institute report that it is these reactions […]

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Call for project proposals

New proposals for the SNI PhD program can now be submitted. Please send your proposal to claudia.wirth@unibas.ch not later than 31 May, 2017. Please contact us if you have any questions. More information can be found in our flyer.    

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Researchers Imitate Molecular Crowding in Cells

Enzymes behave differently in a test tube compared with the molecular scrum of a living cell. Chemists from the University of Basel have now been able to simulate these confined natural conditions in artificial vesicles for the first time. As reported in the academic journal Small, the results are offering better insight into the development […]

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Basel Physicist Daniel Loss Receives the King Faisal International Prize

Professor Daniel Loss from the University of Basel’s Department of Physics and the Swiss Nanoscience Institute has been awarded the King Faisal International Prize for Science 2017. The King Faisal Foundation awarded Loss the renowned science prize for his discovery of a concept for development of a quantum computer based on the intrinsic angular momentum […]

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Random Access Memory on a Low Energy Diet – Researchers from Dresden and Basel develop basis for a novel memory chip

Memory chips are among the most basic components in computers. The random access memory is where processors temporarily store their data, which is a crucial function. Researchers from Dresden and Basel have now managed to lay the foundation for a new memory chip concept. It has the potential to use considerably less energy than the […]

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Researchers Take First Look into the “Eye” of Majoranas

Majorana fermions are particles that could potentially be used as information units for a quantum computer. An experiment by physicists at the Swiss Nanoscience Institute and the University of Basel’s Department of Physics has confirmed their theory that Majorana fermions can be generated and measured on a superconductor at the end of wires made from […]

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Chemists Create Clusters of Organelles by Mimicking Nature

Scientists from the University of Basel have succeeded in organizing spherical compartments into clusters mimicking the way natural organelles would create complex structures. They managed to connect the synthetic compartments by creating bridges made of DNA between them. This represents an important step towards the realization of so-called molecular factories. The journal Nano Letters has […]

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SNI update October 2016

The October issue of SNI update is online. SNI update October 2016

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