Dear colleagues and friends of SNI,

One year ago, we were experiencing our first lockdown. Back then, we could never have imagined that the Corona pandemic would continue to exert such a colossal influence on our lives in spring 2021. In fact, many things we would have found highly unusual just one year ago have now become part of our day-to-day lives.

We have grown used to seeing photos and videos of people wearing face masks, and virtual meetings and online conferences are simply part of our everyday routine. At the beginning of the year, the SNI team even decided to move this year’s Swiss NanoConvention online, where it will take place from 24-25 July.

We have curated a varied and exciting program for the SNC 2021 Online, and we are also organizing a range of opportunities for participants to interact and exchange information. Ultimately, we had to reschedule the conference, which was originally set to take place last year, but we hope these online offerings will allow us to reach out to the many scientists who would have been unable to participate in person in Basel. I am already very excited about the conference, and I am looking forward to seeing many familiar faces and meeting new people, too.

At the SNC 2021, we will not only be delving into the fundamental science, but also presenting numerous applications of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Applied projects have always enjoyed a high standing at the SNI: Every year, around ten applied research projects receive funding as part of our Nano Argovia program. This spring issue of SNI INSight is dedicated first and foremost to the exciting new projects that launched at the beginning of the year.

In addition to introducing the Nano Argovia projects, this issue will also feature profiles of two ambitious young nanoscientists: Charlotte Kress and Anna Leder submitted outstanding master’s theses in 2020 and will both therefore be receiving the award for best master’s thesis. Charlotte completed her accompanying research as part Marcel Mayor’s team in the Department of Chemistry, while Anna worked in Sebastian Hiller’s group at the Biozentrum.

We hope you enjoy this issue of SNI INSight.


Christian Schönenberger

Prof. Dr. Christian Schönenberger, SNI Director