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Mai 2014

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Award for the best master thesis goes to Heidi Potts

For the first time, the Swiss Nanoscience Institute has awarded the best master thesis in nanoscale sciences at the University of Basel in 2013. The prize that comes with 2000 Swiss Francs prize money went to Heidi Potts who currently is doing her PhD at the EPFL in Lausanne. In the honored master thesis,   more...

We introduce...

Dr. Monica Schönenberger is leading the Nanotech Service Lab at the Swiss Nanoscience Institute at the University of Basel. People who are interested in this service will find out on the Internet page that Monica is a pharmacist by training. But how gets a pharmacist to head a nanotechnological service   more...

New Argovia projects

With nanotechnolgy to new textiles

In the project em-Select, led by Professor Uwe Pieles from the University of Applied Sciences (FHNW), scientists study new fabrics with antistatic properties.

Modern textiles made from natural or synthetic fabrics often charge themselves electrostatically. They cannot transport electrical charges   more...

Better filters for the environment

The project NANOFIL has the ambitious goal to develop new filter systems that remove fine particles and heavy metals from flue gas and contribute to the reduction of environmental damages. In the project, project leader Professor Christian Ludwig from the Paul Scherrer Institut works together with colleagues   more...

Novel biocatalysts thanks to nanotechnology

In the project NANOZyme, researchers from the University of Applied Sciences (FHNW), the Department of Chemistry at the University of Basel and the Swiss company INFOFEA develop new biocatalysts that regenerate cofactors in situ and therefore can be applied cost-efficiently in many different areas.

On track to the secrets of single cells

In the project SCeNA (Single Cell NanoAnalytics), an interdisciplinary team of researchers from the University of Basel, the University of Applied Sciences and Hoffmann-La Roche under the leadership of Dr. Thomas Braun (C-CINA) examines different methods to analyze single cells. The scientists aim to   more...


Nanoscience in the Snow

End of January 2014, the winter school of the Swiss Nanoscience Institute, Nanoscience in the Snow, took place for the 8th time. This year, more than 30 interested participants met in Kandersteg in the Berner Oberland to get to know each other and to exchange thoughts on different aspects of nanoscale   more...

Small life makes it big

After the success of SNI workshops at Swiss public fairs (OLMA, MUBA, Züspa, and BEA) in recent years, the SNI took part in the special exhibition TuN at the MUBA in Basel in February 2014. The SNI presented Small life makes it big at its booth. Visitors could set out on a journey into the fascinating   more...


Samuel Vogel awarded with the SAMPE Europe Students Award

Samuel Vogel from the Institut für Kunststofftechnik at the University of Applied Sciences was awarded with the SAMPE Europe Students Award for his PhD thesis that he currently prepares in collaboration with the University of Basel and the Paul Scherrer Institut. He convinced the jury with his proof   more...

Bert Müller appointed SPIE Fellow

In March, the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) promoted Professor Bert Müller from the University of Basel as SPIE Fellow. The society honors new fellows to recognize their significant scientific and technical contributions in the multidisciplinary fields of optics, photonics, and   more...

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Recent publications

Ballistic interferences in suspended graphene
Peter Rickhaus, Romain Maurand, Ming-Hao Liu, Markus Weiss, Klaus Richter, Christian Schönenberger
Nature Communications
The low-energy electronic excitations in graphene are described by massless Dirac fermions that have a linear dispersion relation. Taking advantage of this ‘optics-like’ electron dynamics, generic opt
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The Nanomechanical Signature of Breast Cancer
Marija Plodinec, Marko Loparic, Christophe A Monnier, Ellen C Obermann, Rosanna Zanetti-Dallenbach, Philipp Oertle, Janne T Hyotyla, Ueli Aebi, Mohamed Bentires-Alj, Roderick YH Lim and Cora-Ann Schoenenberger
Nature Nanotechnology
Cancer initiation and progression follow complex molecular and structural changes in the extracellular matrix and cellular architecture of living tissue. However, it remains poorly understood how the
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