Uni news and media releases from the SNI network

University of Basel, July 12, 2018. Electrical contact to molecules in semiconductor structures established for the first time
Electrical circuits are constantly being scaled down and extended with specific functions. A new method now allows electrical contact to be established with simple molecules on a conventional silicon chip. The technique promises to bring advances in sensor technology and medicine, as reported in the journal Nature by chemists from the University of Basel and researchers from IBM Research – Zurich in Rüschlikon.

University of Basel, July 6, 2018. How does Parkinson’s disease develop? Study raises doubts on a previous theory of Parkinson’s disease
Parkinson’s disease was first described by a British doctor more than 200 years ago. The exact causes of this neurodegenerative disease are still unknown. In a study recently published in eLife, a team of researchers led by Prof. Henning Stahlberg from the Biozentrum of the University of Basel has now questioned the previous understanding of this disease.

Die Parkinson-Krankheit wurde vor 200 Jahren das erste Mal von einem britischen Arzt beschrieben. Die genauen Ursachen dieser neurodegenerativen Erkrankung sind bis heute nicht geklärt. Ein Forscherteam unter der Leitung von Prof. Henning Stahlberg vom Biozentrum der Universität Basel stellt in einer aktuellen Studie, publiziert in eLife, eine bisher gängige Vorstellung in Frage.

Swiss Nanoscience Institute, June 27, 2018. Motor for molecular factories up and running
An interdisciplinary team comprising members from the University of Basel, the University of Bern and the ETH Zurich has succeeded in inserting the proton pump proteorhodopsin into tiny vesicles enclosed in a synthetic polymer membrane for the first time. In doing so, the researchers created an efficient energy source for an artificial molecular factory. They supported their experiments by means of statistical experimental design for the first time, and created an excellent basis for further optimization and expansion of the concept by employing quantitative measurements, according to their report in the scientific journal Nature Communications Chemistry.

University of Basel, June 25, 2018. Teacher events: back to the lecture hall
Sitting in silence, listening, taking notes – commonplace activities in a university, you might think. Not so for the region’s high school teachers, who once a year go back to being students at the University of Basel to refresh their scientific knowledge.

University of Basel, June 15, 2018. Startup from Basel Qnami wins Venture Kick finals
The young startup of the University of Basel, Qnami, is the winner of the Venture Kick prize worth 130’000 Swiss Francs. Qnami develops precise and highly sensitive quantum sensors that provide images in nanometer resolution.

University of Basel, June 14, 2018. Enigma of fatty acid metabolism solved: Enzyme shape controls its activity Fats are essential for our body. The core components of all fats are fatty acids. Their production is initiated by the enzyme ACC. Researchers at the University of Basel’s Biozentrum have now demonstrated how ACC assembles into distinct filaments. As the researchers report in “Nature,” the type of filament formed controls the activity of the enzyme and thus fatty acid production.

Swiss Nanoscience Institute, June 13, 2018. Transnational research for sustainable pest management in winegrowing
On Monday, June 11, 2018, the SNI’s Nano Imaging Lab hosted a symposium for the participants in the Interreg project Vitifutur. The project brings together leading Swiss, German and French research institutions to research innovative strategies for sustainable pest management in winegrowing in the Upper Rhine region.

University of Basel, May 29, 2018. Water is not the same as water
Water molecules exist in two different forms with almost identical physical properties. For the first time, researchers have succeeded in separating the two forms to show that they can exhibit different chemical reactivities. These results were reported by researchers from the University of Basel and their colleagues in Hamburg in the scientific journal Nature Communications.

Paul Scherrer Institut, May 28, 2018. Imaging the inside of injection needles with neutrons – PSI researchers help to understand why in pre-filled syringes, liquid medication can enter the needle inadvertently Researchers from the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI, the University of Basel and the company F. Hoffmann-La Roche have found out why proper storage is crucial for syringes which are pre-filled with a liquid medication. Thanks to the special, well established neutron imaging capability at PSI, it’s clear: The liquid medication can inadvertently get from the syringe cylinder into the metal needle prior to administration when the pre-filled syringe is stored at adversely high temperatures. The research results have been published in the scientific journal European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics.

Swiss Nanoscience Institute, May 10, 2018. Nano researchers at the Lenzburg May market
Researchers are being told to leave their ivory tower and engage with the public face to face. Last Wednesday, SNI director Professor Christian Schönenberger and his team did just that at the May market in Lenzburg. The researchers of the Swiss Nanoscience Institute, which is supported by the Canton of Aargau and the University of Basel, spent the day at a market stand in Torgasse, offering visitors an insight into their nanoscience research with a range of activities.

University of Basel, April 27, 2018. Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox observed in many-particle system for the first time
Physicists from the University of Basel have observed the quantum mechanical Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox in a system of several hundred interacting atoms for the first time. The phenomenon dates back to a famous thought experiment from 1935. It allows measurement results to be predicted precisely and could be used in new types of sensors and imaging methods for electromagnetic fields. The findings were recently published in the journal Science.

Full media release can be found at: https://nanoscience.ch