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SNI update October 2018

Editorial

Dear colleagues, In September, SNI members from the Nano Argovia projects, the SNI PhD School, the Nano Imaging Lab, and the management team met at the Annual Event in Lenzerheide to discuss their research. It was already the fifth installment of the event, whose eclectic mix of basic and applied science reflects the diverse and […]

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Improving wound healing with a nanoglue

Whereas wounds heal naturally in healthy patients, the process can stagnate in older people and those suffering from pre-existing conditions such as diabetes. Internal wounds can also cause problems in some circumstances because they are hard to close. Open wounds affect patients’ quality of life, exacerbate the risk of infection, and result in huge costs […]

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Introducing… Tamara Utzinger and Tim Kubetzko – two of our new nanoscience students

First-semester students recently began the nanosciences degree at the University of Basel. We were curious to find out what relationship they have with the natural sciences, why they chose to study in Basel, and what expectations they have of the degree. We talked briefly with two of the new students to get a general idea. […]

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Working together to improve light yield – The Nano Argovia project NQsense seeks to optimize the sensitivity of quantum sensors for nanoscale applications

In the NQsense project, the team working under project leader Professor Patrick Maletinsky plans to fabricate a fully integrated quantum sensor with significantly improved sensitivity. This sensor could be used, for example, to support basic scientific research in the areas of materials science or to perform failure analyses in the semiconductor industry. Diamonds as sensors […]

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Detecting tiny changes using biosensors – The Nano Argovia project NanoGhip is developing a prototype of a biochip for drug discovery

In the Nano Argovia project NanoGhip, an interdisciplinary team led by Dr. Martin Ostermaier from InterAx Biotech AG (Villigen, AG) is investigating a new screening method for active substances that could lead to the discovery of new medicines. The scientists aim to develop a new type of biochip that analyzes how the chemical and biological […]

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Another varied and interesting program at the fifth SNI Annual Event

It’s almost like a family gathering when members of the SNI meet at Hotel Schweizerhof for their Annual Event in September, just before the winter semester gets underway. Project leaders of Nano Argovia projects and young scientists from the SNI PhD School present their projects in different areas of applied and basic science through a […]

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Identifying and focusing on strengths

From a young age, we are told what we are bad at and where we can improve. In the run-up to the Annual Event, the SNI’s PhD students experienced a completely different – and more positive – approach in a workshop about personal strengths. Yvonne Ulrich from MeTi Coaching taught 21 of the young scientists […]

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Uni news and media releases from the SNI network

University of Basel, 9 October, 2018. Metal leads to the desired configuration Scientists at the University of Basel have found a way to change the spatial arrangement of bipyridine molecules on a surface. These potential components of dye-sensitized solar cells form complexes with metals and thereby alter their chemical conformation. The results of this interdisciplinary […]

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Announcements

Apply now for the new PhD School projects! For the year 2019, eight new PhD projects have been approved. Highly motivated young scientists are invited to apply. The successful candidates will join the attractive SNI program that currently supports more than 30 young scientists. Each doctoral student is supervised by two scientists from the interdisciplinary […]

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