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University of Basel, May 15, 2017. Hydrogen bonds directly detected for the first time
For the first time, scientists have succeeded in studying the strength of hydrogen bonds in a single molecule using an atomic force microscope. Researchers from the University of Basel’s Swiss Nanoscience Institute network have reported the results in the journal Science Advances.

University of Basel, May 9,  2017. Thomas Ward wins Royal Society of Chemistry award 
Basel chemist Thomas Ward, Professor of Bioinorganic Chemistry at the University of Basel and Director of the NCCR Molecular Systems Engineering, is the Royal Society of Chemistry Bioinorganic Chemistry Award winner for 2017.

University of Basel, May 1, 2017. Basel team secures victory at first nanocar race 
The University of Basel team has won the first international nanocar race, which was held on a gold racetrack. The young scientists from the Department of Physics and the Swiss Nanoscience Institute at the University of Basel were the fastest at steering a single molecule along a miniscule gold track measuring around 100 nanometers.

University of Basel, May 1, 2017. The University of Basel at the tunBasel 2017
The Swiss Nanoscience Institute and the Department of Physics participate in this year’s tunBasel. They offer exciting experiments and games related to the two topics air and light. The tunBasel takes place at the Messe Basel from May 12 – 21.

University of Basel, April 7, 2017. Daniel Loss receives accolade from King Salman of Saudi Arabia
In early April, physicist Daniel Loss of the University of Basel received the 2017 King Faisal International Prize for Science in the Saudi capital of Riyadh. Loss was awarded the distinction in recognition of his pioneering work in the field of spin dynamics and spin coherence in quantum dots.

University of Basel, March 22, 2017. 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 that are responsible for the hydrophobic effect.

University of Basel, March 1, 2017. 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 of nanoreactors and artificial organelles.

University of Basel, January 23, 2017. University Council: One promotion and eight new Honorary Professors
The University Council has promoted physicist Professor Patrick Maletinsky to Associate Professor, chosen eight new honorary professors, and adjusted several study regulations.

University of Basel, January 13, 2017. 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 of electrons. Loss has further refined his theory over recent years and established a completely new field of research.

Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, January 3, 2017. 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 chips produced to date – this is important not only for mobile applications but also for big data computing centers. The results are presented in the latest volume of the scientific journal Nature Communications.

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