Editorial

Dear colleagues, Word will have got around that I had another bicycle accident and will therefore be out of action for some time. Fortunately, I am already on my way to recovery and am therefore able to wish you a happy and peaceful holiday season and then a good start to a successful and, above […]

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Insulator on the inside, conductor on the outside – Topological insulators are a key topic at the SNI

In recent months, we’ve mentioned the subject of topological insulators time and time again. But what are these materials that, despite being insulators, also conduct electricity on their edges and surfaces? What hopes are pinned on the new materials, where does their peculiar name come from, and what questions are SNI scientists currently addressing? Promising […]

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Funding secured and product presented – A positive end to the year for Qnami

Qnami, a fledgling start-up from the SNI network, has received some excellent news in recent weeks: the young company not only presented ProteusQ, its quantum microscope for the analysis of magnetic materials, but has also secured an investment of over CHF 2.6 million to launch the platform and continue its development. These are the ideal […]

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Congratulations to the winners of the Nano Image Award

  Many thanks to all participants!

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Information and networking

In September each year, SNI members come together for the Annual Event at Hotel Schweizerhof in Lenzerheide. This year’s occasion once again provided an excellent platform for learning about interdisciplinary research supported by the SNI, as well as for strengthening existing contacts and forging new ones. Insights into research After a short welcome address by […]

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Doctoral students – the company founders of tomorrow?

Before the SNI Annual Event began, Dr. Andreas Baumgartner, coordinator of the SNI PhD School, invited the SNI’s PhD students to an innovation workshop. Here, Dr. Alessandro Mazzetti from the Innovation Office of the University of Basel introduced the young scientists to the world of innovation. He explained how academic work at the SNI can […]

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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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