Words from the director

Dear colleagues,

It’s summer vacation time in Basel. The Department of Physics is much quieter than it was a few weeks ago, quite a few doors are closed, and my diary is much freer. Those who have returned from or are still looking forward to their vacations are using the calmer, lecture-free period to write applications, proposals, and publications.

The last few weeks have shown that this pays off. Our vice director, Professor Daniel Loss from the Department of Physics at the University of Basel, will lead the “Quantum Science and Quantum Computing” project at the University of Basel and the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg. This collaboration will receive up to CHF 10 million in funding from the Georg H. Endress Foundation for the next ten years. One of the project’s key aims is to train outstanding doctoral students and postdocs to prepare the workforce of the future for the emerging market in quantum technologies. Congratulations!

Over the last ten years, the SNI has invested a great deal more than CHF 10 million in applied research within the Nano Argovia program. I am delighted that the quality and number of submitted projects has grown significantly over the years, enabling us to select truly innovative and excellent applied projects. To give you some insights into the topics addressed, we’ll present the new projects in this and the next issue of SNI update. Don’t forget that you have until September 30, 2017 to submit new proposals.

Our title story introduces Elise Aeby, a highly dedicated nanostudies graduate who has been awarded the prize for the best nanostudies master’s thesis in 2016. This will be presented at the Annual Meeting in September 2017. Meanwhile, the SNI update portrait presents another success story: Qnami, a start-up founded last year by Professor Patrick Maletinsky and Dr. Mathieu Munsch. Qnami produces quantum sensors based on nitrogen-vacancy centers in monocrystalline diamonds.

I wish you all happy reading and a relaxing summer. I’m already looking forward to stimulating discussions at the end of the summer during September’s Annual Meeting at the Lenzerheide resort.

Kind regards,

Christian Schönenberger SNI Director, University of Basel