Portrait of SNI doctoral student Mitchell Brüderlin

The University of Basel recently portrayed SNI PhD student Mitchell Brüderlin as part of its summer series “In Focus”. Mitchell Brüderlin, who comes from the Canton of Aargau, studied nanoscience at the University of Basel and was then so enthusiastic about one of the PhD School projects that he did not go abroad as originally […]

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A passion for nano research – Martino Poggio to become new SNI Director

The SNI is a diverse institute, and Argovia Professor Martino Poggio is also characterized by his diverse background — whether it be as a passionate researcher and visionary research manager or in terms of his cultural origins. He came to the University of Basel from the USA in 2009 as an Argovia Assistant Professor and […]

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An interest in basic and applied research – Patrick Maletinsky becomes new SNI Vice Director

Patrick Maletinsky joined the University of Basel 10 years ago as the Georg H. Endress Foundation Professor of Experimental Physics. When he takes over as vice director of the SNI in August, he will be tasked with supporting and deputizing for the new director, Martino Poggio, as well as being responsible for the SNI’s applied […]

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Heidi and Patrick Potts: Everything began with nano

Heidi and Patrick Potts both began their careers as students of the nanosciences at the University of Basel. After finishing their doctoral dissertations in Lausanne and Geneva, respectively, and completing postdoctoral work in Sweden, they have returned to Basel. Heidi moved into the private sector and is very satisfied in her position as application scientist […]

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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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