Editorial

Dear colleagues, I hope that you remain in good health and have coped well with the last few weeks. By now, our day-to-day lives have almost taken on a new routine. We work as effectively as we can from home, hold regular online meetings and generally try to make the most of the situation. No […]

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Delivery under pressure – Nano Argovia project ForMel explores mechanosensitive liposomes

In the Nano Argovia project ForMeL, a research team is developing liposomes that can be loaded with pharmaceutical agents which are subsequently released in response to changes in pressure. Mechanoresponsive liposomes of this kind could be used to directly target blood clots in vessels affected by arteriosclerotic narrowing, dissolving them without the need to flood […]

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Averting wear and tear – Testing a ceramic coating for titanium implants in the Nano Argovia project Promucola

In the Nano Argovia project Promucola, researchers are developing a ceramic coating for titanium implants to make them more resistant to abrasion. Joint implants are commonly made from metals such as cobalt-chrome alloys, because of the stability these materials offer. Yet they can also trigger allergic reactions, which cause problems that can ultimately lead to […]

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Fingerprint-free surfaces – The Nano Argovia project ReLaFunAF is devoted to functionalizing surfaces with UV-curable coatings

A team of researchers from the FHNW School of Engineering, the Paul Scherrer Institute and the company RadLab AG in Killwangen is developing a procedure for functionalizing surfaces with coatings that can repel fingerprints. New possibilities At present there are numerous applications that involve treating surfaces with coatings that are cured under UV light. Whereas […]

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Precise monitoring of nanoparticles required in the future – In the Nano Argovia project SiNPFood, researchers are developing a method for the reliable, automated analysis of silicon oxide nanoparticles in complex mixtures

Reduced friction Silicon oxide and tricalcium phosphate are approved processing aids for foodstuffs and are used at low concentrations to improve the handling of food additives in powder form. By covering the surface of the particles, they reduce the friction between them and thereby improve material flow. For technical reasons, these processing aids may also […]

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Fighting bacteria with nanostructures – Titanium implant surfaces given bactericidal properties in the Nano Argovia project TiSpikes

In the Nano Argovia project TiSpikes, an interdisciplinary team is investigating how a nanostructure can deter bacterial growth and the formation of biofilms on titanium implants. Researchers from the University of Basel’s Department of Physics and Department of Dental Medicine are working closely with the School of Life Sciences (FHNW) and Institut Straumann AG (Basel). […]

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Focused ion beam opens the door to highly sensitive probes – New EU project approved

Argovia Professor Martino Poggio of the University of Basel’s Department of Physics is to lead a recently approved project under the European Horizon 2020 program. Working with researchers from IBM Research – Zurich, the University of Tübingen and the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC) in Zaragoza, Poggio’s team aims to develop a new production […]

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Making the most of your time with experiments and projects – Inspiration for the whole family

One of the goals of the Swiss Nanoscience Institute is to inspire children and young people to engage with science. One way we promote this is by inviting school classes to visit the institute, or taking part in major events like tunBasel. Many of these events have now been canceled, however. To make up for […]

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Nano goes to the museum – The SNI cooperates with Museum Burghalde in Lenzburg

For about half a year, the SNI has been working closely with Museum Burghalde in Lenzburg. Initiated by SNI Managing Director Claudia Wirth, a series of meetings were held between the museum’s management and staff from the SNI. “It quickly became clear that the collaboration represented a win-win situation for both parties,” says Claudia Wirth. […]

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Nano Imaging Lab resumes operations

The Nano Imaging Lab (NI Lab) has resumed operations and is again offering its services related to imaging. From now on, the NI Lab will be running at a reduced capacity to adapt to the coronavirus situation. It will provide essential services for research projects where progress would otherwise be hindered. These activities must be […]

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