Molecular electronics A molecular bridge further

Electronics built from molecules could open up new possibilities in the miniaturization of circuits in the future. Empa researchers, together with partners from Switzerland, the Netherlands, Israel, and  the UK, succeeded in solving a crucial detail in the realization of such circuit elements: A molecular bridge for electrons that remains mechanically and electronically stable at […]

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Best Poster and Best Talk Award

Congratulations to Thomas Mortelmans for receiving the Best Poster Award and to Luc Driencourt for the Best Talk Award during this year’s Annual Event. At the SNI Annual Event, doctoral students of the SNI PhD School present their scientific results either with a poster or a talk. They crucially contribute to the interdisciplinary exchange among […]

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Honorary membership for Joakim Rüegger

During the Annual Event 2019, Joakim Rüegger was awarded the Honorary Membership of the Swiss Nanoscience Institute (SNI). In his role as Head of Higher Education in the Departement of Education in the Canton of Basel-Stadt, he was extremely committed to the SNI and thus helped to aunch this successful cooperation between the Canton of […]

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SNI INSight September 2019

The latest issue of our magazine SNI INSight is online. Get informed about the new start-up ELDICO Scientific and about the winners of the prize for the best master’s thesis and “Jugend forscht”. We explain the goals of three Nano Argovia projects, report on recent events and share some research results.  

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Silicon as a semiconductor: silicon carbide would be much more efficient

In power electronics, semiconductors are based on the element silicon – but the energy efficiency of silicon carbide would be much higher. Physicists of the University of Basel, the Paul Scherrer Institute and ABB explain what exactly is preventing the use of this combination of silicon and carbon in the scientific journal Applied Physics Letters. […]

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How to trick electrons to see the hidden face of crystals

Scientists in a team led by Dr. Tim Grüne have shown in the Nano Argovia project A3EDPI that electron diffraction can be applied to analyze the 3D structure of nanoscale materials. Now they introduce two types of three-dimensional sample supports that enable the collection of complete data sets in “Nature Communications”. Media release, University of […]

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Better thermal conductivity by adjusting the arrangement of atoms

Adjusting the thermal conductivity of materials is one of the challenges nanoscience is currently facing. Together with colleagues from the Netherlands and Spain, researchers from the University of Basel have shown that the atomic vibrations that determine heat generation in nanowires can be controlled through the arrangement of atoms alone. The scientists will publish the […]

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Cal Quate, a pioneer in the nanosciences and a wonderful human being, has passed away

The SNI network mourns the loss of Calvin F. “Cal” Quate, professor emeritus of applied physics at Stanford University (California, USA). In the mid-1980s, Cal Quate developed the atomic force microscope (AFM) together with Gerd Binnig and Christoph Gerber. The AFM still opens new doors into the fascinating nanoworld. On July 6, Cal Quate died […]

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Call for Argovia Projects

You are invited to submit project proposals for applied research projects in the Nano Argovia Program until 30 September 2019. The Nano Argovia Program bridges the gap between basic scientific research conducted at the SNI and its industrial applications. Each Nano Argovia project pairs two academic partners from the SNI network with an industrial company […]

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Former nanoscience student Heidi Potts in UNINOVA

In the recent UNINOVA, Heidi Potts, a former nanoscience student and winner of the price for the best master thesis in nanosciences in 2014, shares her experience as a postdoc at Lund University in Sweden. UNINOVA: Life as a nanoscience researcher in southern Sweden  

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