Dear colleagues,

After a long absence, I am delighted to once again be actively focused on my research and the SNI. Your support over the last few months has been a great help in getting back on my feet, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I would especially like to thank all those […]

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Different rules – new applications

Quantum mechanics opens the door to new technologies In April, SNI deputy director Professor Daniel Loss was awarded the 2017 King Faisal International Prize for Science in recognition of his groundbreaking theoretical work on spin physics, a field with potential applications that include the development of a quantum computer. Back in 1998, Daniel Loss and […]

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Functional surfaces for fascinating effects

Sonja Neuhaus heads research group in the School of Engineering Dr Sonja Neuhaus is fascinated by the possibilities offered by functionalized surfaces. In several Argovia projects, she has used her enthusiasm and knowledge of modified polymer surfaces to achieve different effects depending on the application. The young materials scientist is also a good example of […]

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Daniel Loss received the King Faisal International Prize

In April, King Salman of Saudi-Arabia awarded Professor Daniel Loss the King Faisal International Prize for Science 2017. Loss received the renowned science prize for his pioneering work in spin physics and spin coherence in quantum dots. He shares the prize with Professor Laurens Molenkamp of the University of Würzburg. Congratulations! Link to the video

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Basel team secures victory at first nanocar race

The University of Basel team has won the first international nanocar race, which was held on a gold racetrack on April 28 in Toulouse (France). The two pilots Dr. Rémy Pawlak and Tobias Meier from the group of Professor Ernst Meyer (Department of Physics, University of Basel) were the fastest at steering a single molecule […]

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New website

The SNI’s new website went live in mid-April. Over the past few months, Colin Carter, Katrein Spieler, and Christel Möller have prepared this new online presence with the support of IT Services (ITS). To do so, the SNI used EasyWeb lite – a package provided by ITS that is based on WordPress and implements the […]

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Andreas Baumgartner appointed to run PhD School

Since the SNI PhD School was founded in 2012, its various activities have been coordinated by Dr Michel Calame. On January 1, 2017, Michel Calame left the University of Basel to manage the newly established “Nanoscale Transport Phenomena” group at Empa. Dr Andreas Baumgartner, a research assistant in Professor Christian Schönenberger’s group in the Department […]

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Open laboratory for politicians

On February 6 and May 15, the Departments of Physics and Chemistry and the SNI invited Basel’s politicians to Klingelbergstrasse 82 for an insight into their research. Department heads Professor Dominik Zumbühl, Professor Marcel Mayor, and SNI Director Professor Christian Schönenberger began with brief reports on the various research facilities before the fascinated visitors embarked […]

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Nanoscience in the snow

At the end of January, in beautiful wintry weather, the doctoral students from the SNI PhD School met at Hotel Schwarzsee, 1,000 meters above Zermatt, for the “Nanoscience in the Snow” Winter School (NiS). After a short welcome reception, the first presentations began before everyone satisfied their hunger with a cheese fondue. Lively discussions continued […]

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How does news reach the media?

Nanoscience students recently visited the Basler Zeitung newspaper as part of the Media Competence course for an insight into the world of current newspaper reporting. Editor-in-chief Markus Sonn welcomed the group of eight and clearly explained which news makes it into the paper and how. The Media Competence course is available to Bachelor’s nanoscience students […]

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