Success stories


Structure is everything

How different surfaces affect properties Nature is filled with examples of surfaces that have particular properties due to their structure. A special nano- and microstructure, for instance, allows butterfly wings to shimmer in different colors without any pigments at all. Some leaf surfaces cause water and dirt to simply roll off them, and cicada wings […]

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Successful Collaboration Between University, University of Applied Sciences, and Industry

Innovative biocatalysts thanks to nanotechnology In 2014, scientists from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), the University of Basel and Basel-based company INOFEA AG launched the NANOzyme Argovia project, and with it a successful collaboration to make enzymes more attractive for biotechnological applications. To achieve this, the interdisciplinary research team developed […]

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Trenches reduce electrical resistance

Argovia project confirms theoretical approach The SNI’s Nano-Argovia program supports applied research projects between academic research institutions in Northwestern Switzerland and industrial companies. In one such successful Argovia project, researchers from the CSEM in Muttenz, the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), the University of Basel, and the ABB Corporate Research Center investigated and optimized a novel […]

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