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SNI update December 2018

Editorial

Dear colleagues, As the year once again draws to a close, it is a good opportunity to take stock of the past 12 months. By and large, it has been a good year for the SNI. In the Nano Argovia program, we received a large influx of 19 new applications and five extensions. This clearly […]

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Rapid determination of three-dimensional structures – Nano Argovia project A3EDPI meets with a positive response

For over twelve years, the Swiss Nanoscience Institute (SNI) has supported applied research projects as part of the Nano Argovia program, providing companies in Northwestern Switzerland with access to innovative research through the SNI network. As these projects focus on applications that are useful to the companies, they rarely lead to publications in prominent scientific […]

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Theory at the service of practice

In February 2019, Jelena Klinovaja will become an associate professor at the University of Basel’s Department of Physics – ample reason for the SNI network to get to know the young professor and expert in condensed matter physics a little better. Even as a child, Jelena Klinovaja was fascinated by mathematics and physics, successfully taking […]

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Nano Image Award

We would like to congratulate Daniel Mathys, Andreas Baumgartner and Lucia Romana on winning the Nano Image Award and to thank all those who took part with their breathtaking images from the nano and micro world. https://nanoscience.ch/de/media-2/bilder/nano-image-award/

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Nanotechnology provides diverse approaches to problem-solving

On 14 November 2018, a Nano-Tech Apéro was held at the premises of DSM in Kaiseraugst. An audience of around 50 interested individuals took the opportunity to learn about applied research supported by the Swiss Nanoscience Institute (SNI) as part of the Nano Argovia program and to network with participating researchers and industry representatives. Companies […]

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Joining forces to tackle pests

For many years, the Nano Imaging Lab (NI Lab) at Basel University’s Swiss Nanoscience Institute has been involved in research projects supporting sustainable viticulture. On 5 November 2018, Dr. Markus Dürrenberger, head of the NI Lab, attended a meeting of viticulture experts at the Ebenrain Center for Agriculture, Nature, and Food in Sissach. The purpose […]

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A major step completed

In October, sixteen nanosciences students celebrated the successful completion of their bachelor’s degrees. In their initial years here at the University of Basel, the young graduates acquired a broad foundation in the natural sciences, in preparation to further pursue their individual interests in a master’s degree. To this end, they will write two project papers […]

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Announcements

SNSF Scientific Image Competition The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) has announced a competition for scientific images and videos. The submission deadline is 31 January 2019. For more information, please visit: http://www.snf.ch/en/funding/science-communication/image-competition/Pages/default.aspx   The Science Film Exposure Hackathon is coming to Basel An event on 1–3 February will give people a chance to participate in the Science Film […]

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Press releases and news from the SNI network

Nature, 21 November 2018. Structural superlubricity and ultralow friction across the length scales Structural superlubricity, a state of ultralow friction and wear between crystalline surfaces, is a fundamental phenomenon in modern tribology that defines a new approach to lubrication. Early measurements involved nanometre-scale contacts between layered materials, but recent experimental advances have extended its applicability […]

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