An evening all about nanotechnology

On 29 October, the Swiss Nanoscience Institute (SNI) welcomed over 50 scientists to its Nano-Tech Apéro, which this year was hosted by the company Dectris in Baden-Dättwil. The Nano-Tech Apéro is organized by the SNI on an annual basis to provide information on applied research projects as part of the Nano Argovia program and as a discussion forum for representatives from industry and academia.

A variety of information and an opportunity for discussions – this year’s Swiss Nanoscience Institute Nano-Tech Apéro was held at Dectris Ltd. in Baden-Dättwil.

A fascinating tour
Following a short welcome address, all of the attendees embarked on a tour of Dectris Ltd.’s premises to see for themselves how detector technology from the Canton of Aargau is conquering the world. After this fascinating tour, project leaders from various applied research projects spoke about their results. “I’m always amazed by the diversity of projects that are underpinned by nanotechnology and that we support as part of our Nano Argovia program,” says Christian Schönenberger.

Diverse approaches
One of the projects highlighted at the event centered around nanosensors that can be used in materials science or for failure analyses in the semiconductor industry. These diamond-based sensors are developed by the fledgling company Qnami. Another of the projects presented is carried out in collaboration with CIS Pharma AG with a view to developing nanostructured dental implants that support the regeneration of bone and soft tissue in the jaw and mouth area, and that can be manufactured for specific patients using 3D printing.

The further development of redox flow batteries was the focus of a third project showcased at the event. For this, researchers are working with Aigys AG to study the use of dispersed iron particles to optimize an environmentally friendly and cost-effective energy storage device for large-scale applications.

Making contacts
Additional projects, such as the development of an origami-based model of the heart or a detector of pesticides in water, were presented during the subsequent poster session. In a relaxed atmosphere, the poster session and the apéro were an ideal opportunity for attending scientists not only to discuss the various research approaches in more detail but also to broach new ideas and forge new contacts.

This short video clip shows an overview of this year’s Nano-Tech Apéro:

More information:

Nano Argovia program
Dectris
Qnami
CIS Pharma
Aigys