SNI INSight is now online

In this issue, you can find out more about projects from the SNI network that deal with plastics. You will see who won the Nano Image Award and find out how some of our students feel about starting their studies. There are also news from various areas of the SNI. Enjoy reading and stay healthy! […]

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Christof Sparr receives ERC Consolidator Grant

The European Research Council (ERC) awards three researchers from the University of Basel with one of the coveted ERC Consolidator Grants. The projects in the fields of biomedicine, molecular biology and chemistry will each receive funding of around 2 million Euros. The European Research Council (ERC) today announced the recipients of this year’s ERC Consolidator […]

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Quick and sensitive identification of multidrug-resistant germs

Researchers from the University of Basel have developed a sensitive testing system that allows the rapid and reliable detection of resistance in bacteria. The system is based on tiny, functionalized cantilevers that bend due to binding of sample material. In the analyses, the system was able to detect resistance in a sample quantity equivalent to […]

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Nano Image Award 2020

This year, we have four winners of the SNI Nano Image Award. Congratulations to all winners and many thanks to all of you who contributed with your beautiful images of the nano and microworld!  

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An artificial cell on a chip

Researchers at the University of Basel have developed a precisely controllable system for mimicking biochemical reaction cascades in cells. Using microfluidic technology, they produce miniature polymeric reaction containers equipped with the desired properties. This “cell on a chip” is useful not only for studying processes in cells, but also for the development of new synthetic […]

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How bacteria reinforce their protective shield

Researchers at the University of Basel have discovered a new mechanism by which bacteria ensure that their outer cell membrane remains intact and functional even under hostile conditions. This mechanism is important for the pathogen’s survival in the host. The study provides new insights underlying pathogenic virulence. When infecting a host, pathogens not only need […]

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Bioactive nano-capsules to hijack cell behavior

Many diseases are caused by defects in signaling pathways of body cells. In the future, bioactive nanocapsules could become a valuable tool for medicine to control these pathways. Researchers from the University of Basel have taken an important step in this direction: They succeed in having several different nanocapsules work in tandem to amplify a […]

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A tiny instrument to measure the faintest magnetic fields

Physicists at the University of Basel have developed a minuscule instrument able to detect extremely faint magnetic fields. At the heart of the superconducting quantum interference device are two atomically thin layers of graphene, which the researchers combined with boron nitride. Instruments like this one have applications in areas such as medicine, besides being used […]

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One week left

Until August 31st, you still have the chance to win an i-pad if you take part in our experiments activity. Send us a picture or video of your favorite experiment, which we may post on our website, and take part in the raffle. More information and suggestions for experiments can be found here: Experiments and […]

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A highly light-absorbent and tunable material

By layering different two-dimensional materials, physicists at the University of Basel have created a novel structure with the ability to absorb almost all light of a selected wavelength. The achievement relies on a double layer of molybdenum disulfide. The new structure’s particular properties make it a candidate for applications in optical components or as a […]

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