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Swiss Nanoscience Institute

The Swiss Nanoscience Institute (SNI) is a Center of Excellence in Nanoscale Sciences and Nanotechnology. It was founded in 2006 by the University of Basel and the Swiss Canton Aargau and consists of a network of different research institutions in Northwestern Switzerland. At the SNI, interdisciplinary teams work on basic research topics in different areas of nanoscale sciences. Applied research projects build bridges between basic research and applications in industry and are combined in the Nano-Argovia Program of the SNI. Under the umbrella of the SNI, the University of Basel offers a Bachelor and Master Study Program and initiated a PhD Program in Nanosciences. Knowledge and technology transfer into industry as well as active information of the public are important pillars of the SNI activities.

News from the Swiss Nanoscience Institute


European Funding for Four Investigators From the University of Basel

Four researchers of the University of Basel have been awarded the prestigious ERC Advanced Grants by the European Research Council (ERC). The neurobiologists Prof. Silvia Arber and Prof. Peter Scheiffele as well as chemist Prof. Thomas R. Ward and geneticist Prof. Rolf Zeller each receive 2.5 Million Euros of funding.


The Atom Without Properties


The microscopic world is governed by the rules of quantum mechanics, where the properties of a particle can be completely undetermined and yet strongly correlated with those of other particles. Physicists from the University of Basel have observed these so-called Bell correlations for the first time between hundreds of atoms. Their findings are published in the scientific journal Science.


Silicone films for artificial muscles


Researchers of the University of Basel and Empa have gotten a step closer to engineering artificial muscles: they have developed a method to generate nanometer-thin silicone films.


Internationale Kollaboration testet Zuverlässigkeit von quantenmechanischen Simulationen

Zusammen mit Kollegen von über 30 anderen Hochschulen haben Wissenschaftler der Universität Basel die Zuverlässigkeit von quantenmechanischen Simulationsmethoden zur Berechnung von Materialeigenschaften getestet. Dabei untersuchten sie, inwiefern die Berechnungen unterschiedlicher Softwareprogramme übereinstimmen.   more...


Soap Bubbles for Treating Stenosed Blood Vessels

Liposomes are currently used as drug delivery vehicles but recognized by the immune system. Scientists from the universities of Basel and Fribourg have shown that special artificial liposomes do not elicit any reaction in human and porcine sera as well as pigs. The study was published in the Journal Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine.

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Quantum and Nanoworlds
Exhibition Physics and Nanoscale Science

Mehrzweckhalle Gelderkinden


Swiss NanoConvention 2016
The Swiss NanoConvention 2016 will be held in Basel from 30 June – 1 July, 2016.

Annual Event SNI
The next SNI Annual Event will take place in Lenzerheide from 15th - 16th September 2016.


Recent publications

Stimuli-triggered activity of nanoreactors by biomimetic engineering polymer membranes
Tomaz Einfalt, Roland Goers, Ionel Adrian Dinu, Adrian Najer, Mariana Spulber, Ozana Onaca-Fischer, and Cornelia G. Palivan
Nano Lett., DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.5b03386, October 2, 2015
The development of advanced stimuli-responsive systems for medicine, catalysis or technology requires compartmentalized reaction spaces with triggered activity. Only very few stimuli-responsive system
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Snake trajectories in ultraclean graphene p–n junctions
Peter Rickhaus, Péter Makk, Ming-Hao Liu, Endre Tóvári, Markus Weiss, Romain Maurand, Klaus Richter & Christian Schönenberger
Nature Communications 6, Article number: 6470, March 2015
Snake states are trajectories of charge carriers curving back and forth along an interface. There are two types of snake states, formed by either inverting the magnetic field direction or the charge c
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