SNI INSight May 2020

The new issue of our electronic magazine SNI INSight is online. In this issue, we present the two winners of the prize for the best master’s thesis in nanoscience at the University of Basel. In addition, we briefly describe all new Nano-Argovia projects. In these applied projects, scientists of the network are closely working together […]

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Editorial

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 […]

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This year we have two winners!

The prize for the best master’s thesis in nanosciences goes to two young female scientists   Every year, the Swiss Nanoscience Institute awards the prize for the best master’s thesis in nanoscience at the University of Basel submitted in the previous year. In 2021, two young female researchers will receive the award. Charlotte Kress and […]

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One eye on application – Charlotte Kress thrives at the intersection between classical disciplines

For her master’s thesis, Charlotte Kress synthesized a complex organic compound with potential applications in molecular electronics. Bottom-up instead of top-down Molecular electronics uses individual organic molecules, for instance as tiny switching elements in a circuit. In this bottom-up approach, larger electronic components are built from scratch using individual molecules, in contrast to the conventional […]

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Folding proteins – Anna Leder’s fascination with structural biology

In 2021, one of the awards for the two best master’s theses goes to Anna Leder for her paper on the characterization of a helper protein using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. Anna wrote her thesis while working in the research group led by Professor Sebastian Hiller at the University of Basel’s Biozentrum. In order […]

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Strong women in the SNI network

This year, the SNI held a range of events celebrating International Women’s Day on 8 March. Some of the women in the SNI network produced short videos for the SNI in which they introduced themselves and discussed the topics they research. (Video) In honor of International Women’s Day, the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) launched […]

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Nine new projects approved – In 2021, nine new research projects were launched within the applied Nano Argovia program

    The SNI’s Nano Argovia program will be celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. Every year since 2007, this SNI program has financed new projects devoted to investigating applications in nanotechnology. These applications are then realized as part of a collaborative effort with a partner company located in Northwestern Switzerland. At the beginning of […]

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New lenses for X-ray examinations

In the Nano Argovia project ACHROMATIX, an interdisciplinary team of researchers is developing a novel lens system that can be used for scientific investigations using X-rays. Dr. Joan Vila-Comamala of the Paul Scherrer Institute is leading the project in which scientists from the Paul Scherrer Institute, the University of Basel and the company XRnanotech are […]

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A new hybrid pixel detector for cryo-electron microscopy

In the Nano Argovia project HPDET-EM, electron microscopy experts from the University of Basel and the Paul Scherrer Institute, led by Professor Timm Maier (Biozentrum, University of Basel), are collaborating with the team of Dr. Sacha de Carlo from DECTRIS AG (Baden-Dättwil) to install and test a new hybrid pixel detector. The new device will […]

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Treatment for ulcers in the oral mucosa

As part of the Nano Argovia project Hydrogel-Patch, an interdisciplinary team led by Dr. Lucy Kind (University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland, FHNW) is working with the company credentis AG (Windisch) to develop a plaster for use on nonspecific ulcers in the oral mucosa. The plaster consists of a synthetic, self-assembling peptide hydrogel that initially […]

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