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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Acoustic signal to control laser structuring processes

As part of the Nano Argovia project LanakPro, teams from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) are working with the industrial partner Orvinum AG (Magden) to achieve effective and reliable control of laser nanostructuring processes. The planned instrument will use acoustic signals that provide quick and reliable information on the progress […]

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Hydrogel template for a better integration into soft tissue

In the Nano Argovia project LIGARECO, researchers from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), the University of Basel and the industrial partner NovoNexile AG are investigating the prophylactic use of a hydrogel template to prevent inflammation around dental implants. The project is led by Dr. Joachim Köser (FHNW) and Dr. Khaled […]

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Nanoscale magnetic field sensor

An interdisciplinary team is cooperating closely to develop a novel magnetic field sensor. The planned sensor will be much smaller than commercially available ones, but will nevertheless be suitable for mass production. Under the coordination of Professor Joris Pascal, researchers from the School of Life Sciences, the School of Engineering and industry partner Camille Bauer […]

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