One eye on application – Charlotte Kress thrives at the intersection between classical disciplines

For her master’s thesis, Charlotte Kress synthesized a complex organic compound with potential applications in molecular electronics. Bottom-up instead of top-down Molecular electronics uses individual organic molecules, for instance as tiny switching elements in a circuit. In this bottom-up approach, larger electronic components are built from scratch using individual molecules, in contrast to the conventional […]

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Folding proteins – Anna Leder’s fascination with structural biology

In 2021, one of the awards for the two best master’s theses goes to Anna Leder for her paper on the characterization of a helper protein using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. Anna wrote her thesis while working in the research group led by Professor Sebastian Hiller at the University of Basel’s Biozentrum. In order […]

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A wide range of interests and commitments – Rafael Eggli receives a fellowship from the Werner Siemens Foundation

Rafael Eggli, who has been studying nanosciences at the University of Basel since 2016, has been awarded a fellowship by the Werner Siemens Foundation. Hailing from Switzerland, the 22-year-old has also held a scholarship from the Swiss Study Foundation since 2017. He is an enthusiastic participant in the broad program opened up to him by […]

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Not the norm – Beginning a nanosciences degree during the coronavirus pandemic

Starting university is an exciting time. With their school days behind them, the students are beginning an important new stage of their lives, one that is filled with new experiences and new friends — and often takes place in an unfamiliar city. Those starting their courses in 2020, however, had a vastly different experience than […]

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Former nanoscience student Heidi Potts in UNINOVA

In the recent UNINOVA, Heidi Potts, a former nanoscience student and winner of the price for the best master thesis in nanosciences in 2014, shares her experience as a postdoc at Lund University in Sweden. UNINOVA: Life as a nanoscience researcher in southern Sweden  

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Theory at the service of practice

In February 2019, Jelena Klinovaja will become an associate professor at the University of Basel’s Department of Physics – ample reason for the SNI network to get to know the young professor and expert in condensed matter physics a little better. Even as a child, Jelena Klinovaja was fascinated by mathematics and physics, successfully taking […]

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Introducing… Tamara Utzinger and Tim Kubetzko – two of our new nanoscience students

First-semester students recently began the nanosciences degree at the University of Basel. We were curious to find out what relationship they have with the natural sciences, why they chose to study in Basel, and what expectations they have of the degree. We talked briefly with two of the new students to get a general idea. […]

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Daniel Riedel: An award-winning scientist from the SNI PhD School

Dr. Daniel Riedel, a postdoc jointly in the groups of Professor Richard Warburton and Professor Patrick Maletinsky, is currently receiving one prize after the other for his doctoral thesis and an ensuing publication. As part of his doctoral dissertation, this former SNI PhD student drastically improved the quality of individual photons generated by a quantum […]

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With great enthusiasm and passion – Former nanoscience student Natascha Kappeler returns to Switzerland after many years abroad

She originally wanted to be a vet at a zoo, but Dr. Natascha Kappeler went on to study nanosciences at the University of Basel. After completing this challenging degree, she completed a PhD at University College London, where she then worked as a postdoctoral researcher. Now, the young scientist has returned to Switzerland to lecture […]

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Perfect timing paves the way for a dream job

Michael Gerspach is starting his career at BÜHLMANN Laboratories AG   Michael Gerspach was one of the SNI PhD School’s first doctoral students and was, for many years, a reliable contact for the Swiss Nanoscience Institute when it came to outreach activities. A few days after defending his doctoral thesis on nanofluidic platforms, he was […]

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