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SNI update April 2018

Dear colleagues,

As we enjoyed the first sunny days of spring, we were also delighted to receive some excellent news. Daniel Riedel, who was a doctoral student at the SNI PhD School until the end of 2017 and is now a postdoc in Richard Warburton’s group in the Department of Physics at the University of Basel, was […]

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ERC Grant for research project of van der Waals heterostructures

Christian Schönenberger, Director of the Swiss Nanoscience Institute (SNI) and Professor of Experimental Physics at the Department of Physics at the University of Basel, is to receive an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council (ERC). With this impressive distinction, he will have access to 2.9 million Swiss francs of funding over the next five […]

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With great enthusiasm and passion – Former nanoscience student Natascha Kappeler returns to Switzerland after many years abroad

She originally wanted to be a vet at a zoo, but Dr. Natascha Kappeler went on to study nanosciences at the University of Basel. After completing this challenging degree, she completed a PhD at University College London, where she then worked as a postdoctoral researcher. Now, the young scientist has returned to Switzerland to lecture […]

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Daniel Riedel receives Quantum Future Award

Dr. Daniel Riedel was awarded the “Quantum Future Award” from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Germany (BMBF) and the Center for Integrated Quantum Science and Technology (IQST). Daniel, who completed his doctoral thesis at the SNI PhD School in December 2017, won second prize in the “dissertations” category. Daniel Riedel’s doctoral research […]

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Messenger RNA in the crosshairs – The Nano Argovia project “ecamist” aims to improve single-cell analysis

The aim of the Nano Argovia project “ecamist” is to develop an effective method for working up messenger RNA from single cells. A team of scientists from the School of Life Sciences at the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering at the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) […]

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Ceramic coating of bone implants – A cost-effective process is being developed in the “NanoCoat”Nano Argovia project

An interdisciplinary team at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) is working with three industry partners on the Nano Argovia program. The researchers are developing a protocol for coating titanium implants with calcium phosphates ceramics, which will improve the integration of implants into new bone growth, and […]

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Nanoparticles for mega power – The “MEGAnanoPower” project aims to optimize an innovative energy storage device

In the Nano Argovia project “MEGAnanoPower”, scientists from the FHNW School of Life Sciences, the CSEM in Muttenz, and the industrial partner Aigys AG (Othmarsingen, AG) are seeking to optimize the PowerCell® battery, which was invented by Aigys. Using environmentally friendly materials, the researchers hope to develop a sustainable and affordable energy storage device for […]

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SNI/Biozentrum Lecture all about cryo-electron microscopy

On the initiative of Dr. Markus Dürrenberger, head of the Nano Imaging Lab, a mini-symposium was held in April with Nobel laureate Professor Jacques Dubochet, Professor Ueli Aebi, and Professor Andreas Engel. The symposium was organized jointly by the SNI and the Biozentrum. The three scientists, whose academic careers began under Professor Eduard Kellenberger at […]

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Nano on the big screen

On February 26, 80 guests from the worlds of politics and sciences went on a voyage of discovery into the nano world in the Oris cinema in Liestal. The evening was organized by the University of Basel and the Swiss Nanoscience Institute in honor of Professor Christoph Gerber. More than 30 years ago, Professor Gerber […]

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Nano-Tech Apéro in Brugg

 On February 15, more than 40 nanotechnology experts met at BRUGG Flex in Brugg for an interdisciplinary exchange. Organized by the Swiss Nanoscience Institute and the Hightech Zentrum Aargau (HTZ), the event brought scientists from universities and research institutions together with industry representatives to discuss successful SNI applied research projects within the Nano Argovia program. […]

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