Chemists Create Clusters of Organelles by Mimicking Nature

Scientists from the University of Basel have succeeded in organizing spherical compartments into clusters mimicking the way natural organelles would create complex structures. They managed to connect the synthetic compartments by creating bridges made of DNA between them. This represents an important step towards the realization of so-called molecular factories. The journal Nano Letters has […]

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SNI update October 2016

The October issue of SNI update is online. SNI update October 2016

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Nanowires as Sensors in New Type of Atomic Force Microscope

A new type of atomic force microscope (AFM) uses nanowires as tiny sensors. Unlike standard AFM, the device with a nanowire sensor enables measurements of both the size and direction of forces. Physicists at the University of Basel and at the EPF Lausanne have described these results in the recent issue of Nature Nanotechnology. Nanowires […]

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Nano Image Award

This year`s submissions for the Nano Image Award have again shown how beautiful the nanoworld can be. The winners are: Marietta Batzer, Dominik, Rohner, University of Basel, Gulibusitan Abulizi, University of Basel, Rémy Pawlak, University of Basel

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Nanodragster team on the radio

SRF interviewed the Nanodragster team, that will participate in the first international nanocar race. Tobias Meier, co-pilot of the team from the Swiss Nanoscience Institute and Departement of Physics, explains the race, the goals and the challenges the teams are facing. To the interview

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Physicists at the PSI’s large-scale research facilities are thinking beyond the Nobel Prize theories

This year’s Nobel Prize for Physics goes to David Thouless, Duncan Haldane, and Michael Kosterlitz for their investigations of topological phases and phase transitions in matter. This could have practical relevance one day for novel materials, for data storage, and for quantum computers. The Academy also cited, in its background report, experiments carried out by […]

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Controlling Quantum States Atom by Atom

An international consortium led by researchers at the University of Basel has developed a method to precisely alter the quantum mechanical states of electrons within an array of quantum boxes. The method can be used to investigate the interactions between various types of atoms and electrons, which is essential for future quantum technologies, as the […]

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Christoph Gerber to Receive the Kavli Prize

Professor Christoph Gerber of the Swiss Nanoscience Institute and the Department of Physics at the University of Basel has been awarded the 2016 Kavli Prize in Nanoscience together with Professor Gerd Binnig (formerly of IBM Zurich Research Laboratory) and Professor Calvin Quate (Stanford University). The award honors their invention and creation of the first atomic […]

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A Negative Enzyme Yields Positive Results

Chemistry has provided many key tools and techniques to the biological community in the last twenty years. We can now make proteins that Mother Nature never thought of, image unique parts of live cells and even see cells in live animals. This week in ACS Central Science, two research groups from the University of Geneva […]

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Physicists Measure van der Waals Forces of Individual Atoms for the First Time

Physicists at the Swiss Nanoscience Institute and the University of Basel have succeeded in measuring the very weak van der Waals forces between individual atoms for the first time. To do this, they fixed individual noble gas atoms within a molecular network and determined the interactions with a single xenon atom that they had positioned […]

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