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Words from the director

Dear colleagues, A few weeks ago, the SNI community came together for its annual academic exchange in Lenzerheide. It was wonderful to see how project leaders, professors and our two honorary members Christoph Gerber and Andreas Engel interacted with junior researchers from the SNI’s PhD School, and how lively the discussions were during the poster […]

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Growth at the tip – A successful project at the Biozentrum

Students enrolled on a master’s program in nanosciences at the University of Basel complete two projects in two different subjects before going on to write a final master’s thesis. Julius Winter, who is currently completing his master’s degree in nanosciences, completed one of his projects in the group led by Professor Marek Basler at the […]

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Interdisciplinary network for the future – Andreas Baumgartner has ideas for the SNI PhD School

Dr. Andreas Baumgartner has been head of the SNI PhD School since January 2017. His long-term goal is to improve and optimize the exchange of knowledge between the different disciplines in the SNI PhD School in order to make it a source of new, sometimes unconventional ideas. He himself knows very well what interdisciplinarity means, […]

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New projects at the SNI PhD School

The first doctoral students at the SNI’s PhD School have successfully completed their PhDs. As a result, applications for seven new projects have been open to junior researchers since mid-September. Professors Patrick Maletinsky and Philipp Treutlein of the Department of Physics are offering a project on quantum sensing in nanomechanical systems. Physics professors Richard Warburton […]

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New Argovia projects

We already presented the first four Argovia projects, launched in spring 2017, in the July issue of SNI update. We now provide a brief overview of the projects PlasmoRetarder and 3D Cellophil® membranes. PlasmoRetarder – electrically controlled colors In the Nano Argovia project PlasmoRetarder, researchers at CSEM in Muttenz and the Paul Scherrer Institute in […]

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Another year, another meeting – the SNI convenes for its Annual Event

On September 7 and 8, over 90 SNI members came together at Hotel Schweizerhof in Lenzerheide for the Institute’s annual scientific exchange. After the welcome address by SNI Director Christian Schönenberger, Professor Wolfgang Meier of the University of Basel’s Department of Chemistry gave the audience an insight into his research on polymer membranes. This was […]

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Busy schedule for visitors from China

In July 2017, the SNI hosted 75 pupils from Beijing. Dr. Kerstin Beyer-Hans had prepared a varied program in which the 13 to 16-year-olds and their chaperones were first of all given a theoretical introduction to nano research at the SNI, followed by two lab tours showcasing the practical work carried out by the nano […]

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SNI supports summer camps

Several groups from the SNI network supported the one-week UniKidsCamp held in the summer holidays by the University of Basel. Michael Steinacher of the Department of Physics and his team led an activity in which the children tried their hand at designing and soldering a dexterity game. Under the guidance of the group led by […]

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Media releases and Uni News from SNI members

University of Basel, September 19, 2017. Nanocapsules Enable Cell-Inspired Metabolic Reactions Researchers at the University of Basel succeeded in developing capsules capable of producing the bio-molecule glucose-6-phosphate that plays an important role in metabolic processes. The researchers were able to produce the metabolite in conditions very similar to the biochemical reaction inside natural cells. The […]

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Announcements

Nano Image Award – we are looking for the best nano photos Every year in fall, it is time to submit images for the Nano Image Award. We are looking forward to lots of beautiful images of the nanoworld, which we can use for our annual reports, brochures and on our website. The SNI management […]

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