Inauguration of the new TEM/STEM – A highlight for the team of the Nano Imaging Lab and its users

In May, the Nano Imaging Lab (NI Lab) presented its new transmission electron microscope (JEM-F200) to the public. The inauguration was a chance for some 30 guests from various departments of the University of Basel, the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland and the company Sauter to witness the quality and the wide […]

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Opportunity for SNI members – Electron Diffraction Experience Center inaugurated in Basel

In 1928, a groundbreaking experiment by Devisson and Germer showed that electrons are diffracted like waves, thereby confirming the theory of quantum mechanics. Almost 100 years later, the young start-up ELDICO Scientific has inaugurated the Electron Diffraction Experience Center in Basel, where this phenomenon can be used to determine 3D structures. On 30 March, an […]

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Nanoscience in the Snow – Always a refreshing and inspiring experience

Going by the name of “Nanoscience in the Snow,” the SNI Winter School is always a highlight for SNI PhD students. It is an opportunity for them to discuss their wide-ranging dissertation projects in an informal setting and to spend a few hours together in the snow in different regions of the Swiss Alps. After […]

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Capri Spring School – Electron transport in a beautiful setting

Since 2015, the Swiss Nanoscience Institute has supported the Capri Spring School for doctoral students as well as several postdocs working on nanoscale electronic transport. After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID pandemic, the return of this one-week conference in May 2022 allowed 35 young researchers to benefit from the knowledge of leading international […]

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“Voller Energie” – An exhibition all about water

On 6 March, Dr. Marc Seidel, the manager of Museum Burghalde in Lenzburg, opened the special exhibition “Voller Energie” (Full of energy), which was developed to mark the 100th anniversary of the Lenzburg municipal utilities. The Swiss Nanoscience Institute actively contributed to the new exhibition by setting up a water laboratory for researchers of all […]

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tunBasel – Great for children and young people

May 2022 saw the return of tunBasel after a two-year hiatus, offering children and young people the chance to experience natural sciences and technology for themselves by taking part in numerous activities. Together with the Department of Physics, the SNI also participated in this year’s tunBasel by organizing entertaining activities relating to soap. With handwashing […]

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AFM workshop – An offer from the SNI

It’s hard to imagine the world of modern research without atomic force microscopes (AFMs). These instruments help researchers around the world to shed light on physical, chemical and biological processes by visualizing the world of atoms and molecules and supporting all kinds of analytical processes. For school classes, the SNI has offered workshops on atomic […]

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New feature at the Technorama: Scanning electron microscope offers a glimpse into the micro and nano world

The Swiss Science Center Technorama in Winterthur has recently acquired a scanning electron microscope (SEM), which can be used to view tiny surface structures in fine detail. With this new device, seemingly smooth surfaces become wild mountain ranges and dust mites and ants are transformed into terrifying monsters. This purchase was made possible by a […]

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Finally face-to-face again: Annual Event and Nano Tech Apéro

Last year, the two most important events in the SNI network – the Annual Event and the Nano Tech Apéro – were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As both events hinge not only on the pure exchange of information, but also on personal introductions, discussions and networking, the SNI management decided against holding either […]

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Master’s graduation ceremony: A well-deserved celebration

This year, we were finally able to hold an apéro to celebrate the graduation of our master’s nanosciences students from the past two years. In November, the Study Coordination team led by Dr. Anja Car and Simone Chambers invited over 30 master’s graduates to attend a party held at the Wildt’sche Haus. The trio of […]

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