A highly light-absorbent and tunable material

By layering different two-dimensional materials, physicists at the University of Basel have created a novel structure with the ability to absorb almost all light of a selected wavelength. The achievement relies on a double layer of molybdenum disulfide. The new structure’s particular properties make it a candidate for applications in optical components or as a […]

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Efficient valves for electron spins

Researchers at the University of Basel in collaboration with colleagues from Pisa have developed a new concept that uses the electron spin to switch an electrical current. In addition to fundamental research, such spin valves are also the key elements in spintronics – a type of electronics that exploits the spin instead of the charge […]

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SNI INSight August 2020

The new issue of  SNI INSight is online. Would you like to know how some of our students have experienced the last Corona months and in which COVID-19 projects members of the SNI network are involved?  There is also information about Daniel Stähli and his master’s thesis that is awarded the prize for the best […]

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Five awards for young scientists

Katharina Kaiser (IBM), Claire Meyer (University of Basel), Shantanu Mishra (Empa), Kazuhiro Morimoto (EPFL) and Daniel Najer (University of Basel) are the winners of this year’s Swiss Nanotechnology PhD Award. The five young scientists impressed the interdisciplinary award committee with their outstanding publications. Awarded once a year Each year, the Swiss Micro & Nanotechnology Network […]

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Tiny fish under a giant camera

Metal-based nanoparticles are a promising tool in medicine – as a contrast agent, transporter of active substances, or to thermally kill tumor cells. Up to now, it has been hardly possible to study their distribution inside an organism. Researchers at the University of Basel have used a three-dimensional imaging method to take high-resolution captures inside […]

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Porous nitrogen-doped graphene ribbons for future electronics

A team of physicists and chemists has produced the first porous graphene ribbons in which specific carbon atoms in the crystal lattice are replaced with nitrogen atoms. These ribbons have semiconducting properties that make them attractive for applications in electronics and quantum computing, as reported by researchers from the Universities of Basel, Bern, Lancaster and […]

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Experiments for the summer holidays

The summer holidays are just around the corner or have already started. But this year many families will have to change their holiday plans. In order to avoid boredom at home, ideas for joint activities are needed that inspire young and old alike. Experiments that even kindergarten and primary school children can carry out with […]

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Breast Cancer Diagnostics: Spin-off Artidis announces successful clinical trial

The company Artidis, a University of Basel spin-off, has announced that it developed a test procedure that can detect breast cancer with a very high sensitivity. This is demonstrated by a clinical trial that investigated whether a nanomechanical biomarker of tissue samples is suitable for the diagnosis of breast cancer. Artidis announced the successful completion […]

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The exhibition “Saubere Sache” opens today

Today, the special exhibition “Saubere Sache” opens its doors at the museum Burghalde in Lenzburg. It is all about the fascinating and currently highly topical world of soap. The SNI could participate in the creation of the exhibition. We have recorded videos explaining how soap works and its production from a chemical perspective. We have […]

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Lossless conduction at the edges

Atomically thin layers of the semimetal tungsten ditelluride conduct electricity losslessly along narrow, one-dimensional channels at the crystal edges. The material is therefore a second-order topological insulator. By obtaining experimental proof of this behavior, physicists from the University of Basel have expanded the pool of candidate materials for topological superconductivity. The findings have been published […]

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