Press releases and news from the SNI network

Nature, 21 November 2018. Structural superlubricity and ultralow friction across the length scales
Structural superlubricity, a state of ultralow friction and wear between crystalline surfaces, is a fundamental phenomenon in modern tribology that defines a new approach to lubrication. Early measurements involved nanometre-scale contacts between layered materials, but recent experimental advances have extended its applicability to the micrometre scale. This is an important step towards practical utilization of structural superlubricity in future technological applications, such as durable nano- and micro-electromechanical devices, hard drives, mobile frictionless connectors, and mechanical bearings operating under extreme conditions. Here we provide an overview of the field, including its birth and main achievements, the current state of the art and the challenges to fulfilling its potential.

Swiss Nanoscience Institute, 15 November 2018. Nanotechnology provides diverse approaches to problem-solving
On 14 November 2018, the premises of DSM in Kaiseraugst provided the venue for an information event about the Nano Argovia program of the Swiss Nanoscience Institute (SNI). At this Nano-Tech Apéro, an audience of around 50 individuals took the opportunity to learn about applied nanotechnology research supported by the SNI and to network with participating researchers and industry representatives.

University of Basel, 29 Oktober 2018. Quantum Technologies Flagship: Basel physicists participate in three research consortia
Today, the European Commission launched its flagship initiative on quantum technologies. Three research groups from the Department of Physics at the University of Basel are involved. The aim of the 1 billion euro research and technology funding program is to develop radically new and powerful quantum technologies by exploiting various quantum effects.

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