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Editorial

Dear colleagues and nanoscience enthusiasts, The SNI is increasingly taking advantage of social media channels like Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram, as well as the SNI website, to publish news of its activities. This allows us to react quickly, and get the latest developments to you right away. In this context, the traditional newsletter is becoming […]

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NUONEX –  A new start-up with roots at the SNI

  Thomas Stohler and Silvan Häfeli founded their start-up, NUONEX, in March 2019. The two young entrepreneurs plan to launch a device known as the CryoWriter, which allows optimum sample preparation for cryo-electron microscopy. The CryoWriter was developed over many years at the laboratory of Dr. Thomas Braun, a member of the research group led […]

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Founded on accurate data – Prizewinning project on energy efficiency in railway vehicles

  In January 2019, a project by the Department of Physics at the University of Basel, in collaboration with the railway company BLS, received the Watt d’Or energy prize from the Swiss Federal Office of Energy. Initiated by Professor emeritus Peter Oelhafen, the project paves the way for energy savings in railway vehicles. Andreas Tonin […]

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First concentrated, then analyzed – Nano Argovia project DeePest researchers are developing a portable system for drinking water analysis

  In the Nano Argovia project DeePest, scientists from the Schools of Life Sciences and Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) are working alongside industry partner Mems AG (Birmenstorf) to develop a fully automatic sensor for detecting pesticides in drinking water. The system is intended to offer a cost-effective extension for existing analysis methods and […]

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Tiny structures for security – Nano Argovia project LASTRUPOL researchers are developing a new fabrication process for security features

  In the Nano Argovia project LASTRUPOL, researchers from the FHNW School of Engineering, the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and the company Gemalto AG (Aarau) are working together to develop a new fabrication process for security features on identity documents. The aim of the project is to produce three-dimensional optical structures with high precision and […]

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Creating a heart model inspired by origami – In the Nano Argovia project KOKORO, scientists are using nanostructured cellulose as a scaffold for cell cultures

  In the Nano Argovia project KOKORO (Japanese for “heart”), a team of researchers from the School of Life Sciences at the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), the Department of Biomedicine (DBM) at the University of Basel, and Omya International AG are developing a novel, three-dimensional heart model.  Cellulose as cell culture scaffold The team led by […]

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Laser labyrinth draws crowds – Science meets fun at tunBasel

  The outreach team and other SNI members started the year with a busy few months, taking part in numerous events aimed at students. One of the highlights was tunBasel, which took place from 8 to 17 February, 2019, as part of the recent Mustermesse Basel trade fair. Four partners The joint stand at tunBasel, […]

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From the nanoworld to outer space – Former nano student Florian Kehl’s search for life beyond Earth at NASA

  In late April, the SNI hosted Dr. Florian Kehl, a Life Detection Technologist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). In the lunch talk and the SNI lecture, he shared some fascinating stories about his work and career so far. A chat with students To begin with, Florian Kehl met with over 30 students from the […]

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News from the SNI network

Data storage using individual molecules Researchers from the University of Basel have reported a new method that allows the physical state of just a few atoms or molecules within a network to be controlled. It is based on the spontaneous self-organization of molecules into extensive networks with pores about one nanometer in size. In the […]

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Announcements

SNI on social media Besides LinkedIn, the Swiss Nanoscience Institute is now also on Twitter, where we announce the latest scientific findings and activities from the SNI network. The SNI’s most impressive images can be found on Instagram.  Follow us, and feel free to share any content that might be of interest to your network. […]

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