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SNI update July 2018

Words from the director

Dear colleagues, It is summer in Basel. The streets are noticeably emptier, while more and more people are taking a swim in the Rhine. The relaxed holiday atmosphere can be particularly conducive to a nice glass of wine. However, the vast amount of fungicides that go into the production of a good wine is something […]

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Transnational research for sustainable pest management in winegrowing

The Swiss Nanoscience Institute’s Nano Imaging Lab is a partner in numerous research programs. Sustainable pest management in winegrowing is one of the fields in which the NI Lab’s images are currently making a vital contribution. On June 11, 2018, the NI Lab hosted an event for the participants in the Interreg project Vitifutur in […]

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Daniel Riedel: An award-winning scientist from the SNI PhD School

Dr. Daniel Riedel, a postdoc jointly in the groups of Professor Richard Warburton and Professor Patrick Maletinsky, is currently receiving one prize after the other for his doctoral thesis and an ensuing publication. As part of his doctoral dissertation, this former SNI PhD student drastically improved the quality of individual photons generated by a quantum […]

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Using gratings to boost contrast – The Nano Argovia project “NANOCREATE” aids the optimization of diagnostic images

In the Nano-Argovia project “NANOCREATE”, scientists from the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), in collaboration with the University of Applied Sciences (FHNW) and GratXray AG (Villigen, AG), are developing a cost-effective fabrication method for optical X-ray gratings. These gratings are used in a computed tomography (CT) scanner developed by GratXray that allows for high-resolution, high-contrast imaging […]

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Lightweight and stable – The Nano Argovia project “NanoTough” is investigating new methods for improving the toughness of composite materials

In the Nano Argovia project “NanoTough”, scientists from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), the University of Basel, and the company Huntsman Advanced Materials GmbH (Basel) are investigating the use of block copolymers in composite materials. The aim is to make composites tougher without impairing their workability. Room for improvement Plastics […]

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Successful support

Dr. Thilo Glatzel of the Department of Physics teamed up with the SNI’s Nano Imaging Lab to help Aashi Kalra, a pupil from Kirschgarten high school, with a project for “Swiss Youth in Science”. Aashi Kalra presented the project entitled “Beautiful Butterfly – Interferenz beim Flügelschlag” (Beautiful Butterfly – Interference in the Beating of Wings) […]

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Basel startup Qnami wins Venture Kick finals

The young startup from the Department of Physics and the Swiss Nanoscience Institute, Qnami, is the winner of the Venture Kick prize worth 130,000 Swiss francs. Qnami develops precise and highly sensitive quantum sensors that deliver images in nanometer resolution. Complete article: https://nanoscience.ch/en/2018/06/15/basler-start-up-qnami-gewinnt-venture-kick-finale/  

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PhD Award for Daniel Riedel

Dr. Daniel Riedel, a postdoc in Professor Richard Warburton’s and Professor Patrick Maletinsky’s groups and until recently a doctoral student at the SNI PhD School, has won the Swiss Nanotechnology PhD Award 2018, which is sponsored by the Hightech Zentrum Aargau. He received the award for his publication in Physical Review X on improving the […]

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Swiss NanoConvention 2018

This year’s Swiss NanoConvention was held at ETH Zurich on June 6 and 7. As in previous years, Switzerland’s key players in the field of nanosciences came together to learn about a variety of topics and exchange ideas in an interdisciplinary setting. A novelty this year was the awarding of the first Nanotech Startup Prize, […]

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Valuable information at “SmallTalk”

For the second time, bachelors’ students on the nanosciences program organized the day-long conference “SmallTalk” to tell each other and interested visitors about the block courses they completed last semester. In nineteen short presentations and posters, the students provided background information on the research work of the various teams they became a part of for […]

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