New approaches to lithography

In early September, a number of doctoral students from the SNI visited the company SwissLitho at Technopark Zurich together with scientists from the Paul Scherrer Institute. SwissLitho began by giving the visitors a demonstration of its NanoFrazor technology, which uses a heatable probe to produce and simultaneously characterize high-precision nanostructures in a process known as […]

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An evening all about nanotechnology

On 29 October, the Swiss Nanoscience Institute (SNI) welcomed over 50 scientists to its Nano-Tech Apéro, which this year was hosted by the company Dectris in Baden-Dättwil. The Nano-Tech Apéro is organized by the SNI on an annual basis to provide information on applied research projects as part of the Nano Argovia program and as […]

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Cause for celebration

In November, the first master’s degree ceremony was held for graduates of the nanosciences degree program at the University of Basel. Dr. Anja Car, who has been coordinating the nanosciences program since June 2017, worked with her colleague Jacqueline Isenburg to organize a nice celebration to mark the end of an intensive period here at […]

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Research topics between carrot stalls

This year, the Swiss Nanoscience Institute (SNI) had a stand at the Rüeblimärt in Aarau for the first time. The SNI team provided visitors with information about SNI research activities in the field of nanosciences and an opportunity to try their luck on the wheel of fortune for a chance of winning gummy bears or […]

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Activities for children with a keen interest

Every year, the fall season is packed with SNI activities specifically aimed at children and young people. For example, the SNI’s appearance at the Science Days at Europa-Park Rust has been a standard fixture for a number of years. The Future Day in November and various TecDays are also ideal opportunities for pupils to gain […]

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Nanotechnology provides diverse approaches to problem-solving

On 14 November 2018, a Nano-Tech Apéro was held at the premises of DSM in Kaiseraugst. An audience of around 50 interested individuals took the opportunity to learn about applied research supported by the Swiss Nanoscience Institute (SNI) as part of the Nano Argovia program and to network with participating researchers and industry representatives. Companies […]

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Joining forces to tackle pests

For many years, the Nano Imaging Lab (NI Lab) at Basel University’s Swiss Nanoscience Institute has been involved in research projects supporting sustainable viticulture. On 5 November 2018, Dr. Markus Dürrenberger, head of the NI Lab, attended a meeting of viticulture experts at the Ebenrain Center for Agriculture, Nature, and Food in Sissach. The purpose […]

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A major step completed

In October, sixteen nanosciences students celebrated the successful completion of their bachelor’s degrees. In their initial years here at the University of Basel, the young graduates acquired a broad foundation in the natural sciences, in preparation to further pursue their individual interests in a master’s degree. To this end, they will write two project papers […]

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Another varied and interesting program at the fifth SNI Annual Event

It’s almost like a family gathering when members of the SNI meet at Hotel Schweizerhof for their Annual Event in September, just before the winter semester gets underway. Project leaders of Nano Argovia projects and young scientists from the SNI PhD School present their projects in different areas of applied and basic science through a […]

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Identifying and focusing on strengths

From a young age, we are told what we are bad at and where we can improve. In the run-up to the Annual Event, the SNI’s PhD students experienced a completely different – and more positive – approach in a workshop about personal strengths. Yvonne Ulrich from MeTi Coaching taught 21 of the young scientists […]

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