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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


Sara Freund Receives Prize for Best Master’s Thesis in 2014


Sara Freund has won the prize for the best Master's thesis in nanoscale science at the University of Basel. This is the second time the prize has been awarded. The young French scientist, who earned her Bachelor's in Strasbourg and came to the University of Basel for her Master's, wrote her winning thesis   more...


Argovia Call 2015

The research program Nano-Argovia supports joint projects of academic institutions (University of Basel, FHNW; CSEM Muttenz, D-BSSE ETH Basel, and PSI) and industrial partners in Northwestern Switzerland. You can now submit your project proposal.


How Natural Channel Proteins Move in Artificial Membranes

(Bild: Reprinted with permission from ACS)

Natural channel proteins are integrated into artificial membranes to facilitate the transport of ions and molecules. Researchers at the University of Basel have now been able to measure the movement of these channel proteins for the first time. They move up to ten times slower than in their natural environment,   more...


Praktikantin oder Praktikant gesucht

Im Sommer 2016 organisiert das SNI die Swiss NanoConvention (SNC). Zur Unterstützung bei der Organisation und Durchführung dieser Tagung suchen wir per sofort bis Ende Juli 2016 eine/n engagierte/n Praktikantin oder Praktikanten.

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SNI Annual Event
This years' SNI Annual Event will take place from 3rd to 4th September at the Hotel Schweizerhof in Lenzerheide. Please save the date!

Uninacht 2015
On 18th September, the Uni-Nacht 2015 will take place. The SNI actively participates with different activities.


Recent publications

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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Die Erschliessung der Nanowelt: Raster-Sonden-Mikroskopie und Nanotechnologie
Hans Peter Lang und Christoph Gerber
Ingenieure bauen die Schweiz - Technikgeschichte aus erster Hand Band 2
Die Erschliessung der Nanowelt durch die Erfindung des Raster-Tunnel-Mikroskops im Jahre 1982 sowie durch die Einführung des Raster-Kraft-Mikroskops im Jahre 1986 führte zu einer neuen Denkweise im Ve
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