Safeguarding the cell nucleus

The nucleus is guarded by a highly secure door, the so-called nuclear pore, thatcontrols the transport of substances from the cytoplasm to the cell nucleus and back. Aresearch group at the University of Basel has now shown that different shuttle proteinsoccupy the nuclear pore to prevent unsolicited leakage of molecules. These proteinsform an escape-proof, failsafe […]

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The SNI management team and SNI members mourn the loss of Professor Dr. Wolfgang Meier, the SNI Director for the Nanoscience Curriculum at the University of Basel.

Wolfgang Meier passed away much too early on January 25, 2022 in the presence of his family after a long illness. With him, we are losing an excellent innovative scientist who always came up with new ideas and, above all, was a wonderful person who impressed us with his calmness and composure. He became a […]

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New rapid test could detect coronavirus and flu simultaneously

Researchers from the University of Basel and the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI have developed a rapid test for Covid-19 with a novel functional principle. Although it requires further testing and improvements, the initial results are promising: As well as determining whether a Covid-19 infection is present, the test also promises to provide information on the […]

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Happy holidays

The whole SNI team wishes you happy holidays and a good start of a healthy and beautiful New Year. We are looking forward to many joint projects and activities in 2022.    

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Which light is lit? Last chance to win!

The SNI lights a candle every Sunday in Advent. Each candle features one of the many experiments we have put together. If you recognize which experiment it stands for, enter our raffle. You might even win a powerbank and a little surprise. https://nanoscience.ch/de/ueber-uns/raetsel/ Did you find the moving cookies? Take a look at our other exciting […]

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SNI INSight December 2021

The winter issue of our electronic magazine SNI INSight is now online. The first part of this issue of SNI INSight is devoted entirely to enzymes – not the ones we find in the natural world, but the artificial enzymes promising to unlock new avenues for molecular synthesis studied by the research group under Thomas […]

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Winners of the Nano Image Award

Many thanks for your participation and congratulations to the winners!

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Conductive nanocomposites as additives in 3D-biofabricated tissues

As part of a project at the SNI PhD School, Fabian Züger, Anna Marsano, Martino Poggio, and Maurizio Gullo have published a review paper on nanocomposites for tissue engineering. They summarize in Advanced NanoBioMed Research how conductive nanocomposites are currently used for the preparation of printable, electrophysiological tissues. In his PhD project, Fabian Züger focuses […]

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An ironclad future

University of Basel news: Solar energy plays an important role in the fight against climate change as a substitute for fossil fuels. Dye-sensitized solar cells promise to be a low-cost supplement to the photovoltaic systems we know today. Their key feature is the dye sensitizers attached to their surface. Researchers at the University of Basel […]

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In memory of Peter Reimann

Dr. h.c. Peter Reimann, a long-time employee of the Department of Physics and the SNI, passed away unexpectedly on November 1, 2021. Peter had been employed at the Department of Physics at the University of Basel for more than 37 years, where he headed the Technology & Safety Group. He was an enthusiastic researcher and […]

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