Season’s greetings

We wish you and your families an enjoyable festive season, peaceful and relaxing holidays and health, happiness and prosperity in the New Year! We are looking forward to many exciting projects in 2018!

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The Coldest Chip in the World

Physicists at the University of Basel have succeeded in cooling a nanoelectronic chip to a temperature lower than 3 millikelvin. The scientists from the Department of Physics and the Swiss Nanoscience Institute set this record in collaboration with colleagues from Germany and Finland. They used magnetic cooling to cool the electrical connections as well as […]

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Nanoscale balance among the best images in «Nature»

The science magazine «Nature» has selected the ten best scientific images of 2017. An illustration of the nanoscale balance (a cantilever device) developed by researchers of the SNI and D-BSSE of the ETH Zurich in Basel is among these beautiful images of the year. Daniel Mathys from the SNI’s Nano Imaging Lab provided the original […]

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SNI update December 2017

The last issue of our newsletter SNI update is now online.  We report on exciting research projects, about awards of SNI members and events with involvement of the SNI. We also announce several events and activities that you won’t want to miss. SNI update December 2017  

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Acrobatic Duo in the Cells

Just like an acrobatic duo, some proteins lend each other stability. Researchers at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel have discovered that the protein “Trigger factor” recognizes a partner by instable, flexible domains, to then together form a stable protein duo. The study has been published in the current issue of “Nature Communications”. Misfolded […]

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Nano Image Award

This year, we have received more than 50 beautiful impressions of the nano and micro world. The SNI management team has now chosen the three winners of the Nano Image Award 2017. Many thanks to all participants.   The winners are:

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Current issue of UNINOVA about quantum computer

The current issue of the University of Basel’s research Magazine UNINOVA has a focus on quantum computing and the research that is conducted at the Department of Physics and the Swiss Nanoscience Institute at the University of Basel. While the theoretical concepts are at an advanced stage, some challenges still need to be overcome. New […]

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Did you ever listen to molecules or watch them dancing?

Scientists of the NCCR MSE and the argovia philharmonic have teamed up for the project “Art of Molecule” and created a short video to stimulate the debate about ethical challenges of synthetic biology. Video:  https://youtu.be/z2lnwIfwQdw    If you want to know more about the project and the sound of molecules please visit: http://www.nccr-mse.ch/en/ethics/art-of-molecule/sound-of-molecules-i-fiddle-with/

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A nanoscale balance for individual cells

An interdisciplinary team from the University of Basel, ETH Zurich, and University College London have developed a new method that can be used to analyze individual live mammalian cells within a cell assembly. Based on a system of tiny cantilever probes, the technique records the cell mass over several days in millisecond steps and is […]

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Controllable nanocapsules thanks to a biovalve

Researchers at the University of Basel have succeeded in developing synthetic nanocapsules, in which enzymatic reactions can be triggered by external factors. Scientists from Basel’s Swiss Nanoscience Institute (SNI) and Department of Chemistry have integrated biovalves into the membranes of the capsules. These membranes become permeable in a reversible manner as soon as a certain […]

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