Happy Easter!

What’s hiding inside these Easter eggs? Try our Easter-Quiz!

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Annual Report 2018

Would you like to know more about the SNI? Are you interested in the interdisciplinary SNI network and the basic and applied research projects? Or would you like to get an insight into the nanostudy program, the Nano Imaging Lab and the SNI’s outreach activities? The Annual Report 2018 gives you a comprehensive overview about […]

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EU research funding for two SNI Board members Alex Schier and Ernst Meyer

The European Research Council has awarded two University of Basel scientists each a generously endowed ERC Advanced Grant. Biologist Professor Alex Schier and physicist Professor Ernst Meyer will each receive funding in the six figures for their innovative research projects. The ERC Advanced Grants, which are awarded by the European Research Council (ERC), are among […]

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Swiss Nanotechnology PhD Award

The Swiss Micro- and Nanotechnology network (Swiss MNT Network) invites PhD students to submit their first author papers (published or accepted in 2018 till March 2019) addressing research in nanotechnolgy / nanoscience. Five winners will be selected and awarded CHF 2’000.- each. The prizes are kindly sponsored by BASF, Bühler, IBM Research, Sensirion, and Zeiss/Gloor. […]

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Spontaneous spin polarization demonstrated in a two-dimensional material

Physicists from the University of Basel have demonstrated spin alignment of free electrons within a two-dimensional material. Writing in the latest edition of Nature Nanotechnology, they described their observation of spontaneous spin polarization, which cannot occur in ideal two-dimensional materials according to a well-known theorem from the 1960s. Two-dimensional materials are the subject of numerous […]

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Super superlattices: The moiré patterns of three layers change the electronic properties of graphene

Combining an atomically thin graphene and a boron nitride layer at a slightly rotated angle changes their electrical properties. Physicists at the University of Basel have now shown for the first time the combination with a third layer can result in new material properties also in a three-layer sandwich of carbon and boron nitride. This […]

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Cryo-force spectroscopy reveals the mechanical properties of DNA components

Physicists from the University of Basel have developed a new method to examine the elasticity and binding properties of DNA molecules on a surface at extremely low temperatures. With a combination of cryo-force spectroscopy and computer simulations, they were able to show that DNA molecules behave like a chain of small coil springs. The researchers […]

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NanoscienceFocus: Imaging

We invite researchers working in any fields of nanometer scale imaging to participate and share their latest techniques and scientific progress, and exchange ideas in a short, focused conference. Examples of topics of interest include, but are not limited to scanning probe microscopy, electron microscopy, NV center imaging, X-ray imaging, or advanced optical imaging More informationen and flyer   

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Happy holidays

  The SNI team wishes happy holidays and a great start to a healthy, successful and peaceful 2019 and many thanks for your support and interest!  

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Christof Sparr receives Ružička Prize 2018

This year’s Ružička Prize has been awarded to Christof Sparr, Assistant Professor at the University of Basel. The 38-year-old chemist was honored for his outstanding achievements in the development of new synthesis methods. Christof Spar was born in 1980 in Appenzell. He studied chemistry at ETH Zurich and completed his education with a doctorate in […]

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