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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.

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Clean Energy From Water

Fuel cells generate electrical energy through a chemical reaction of hydrogen and oxygen. To obtain clean energy, the splitting of water into its components of hydrogen and oxygen is critical. Researchers at the University of Basel study how sunlight can be used for this purpose. The scientific journal Chemical Communications published their latest results.

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Basar Molekular will be held at Sud in Basel on Thursday 25 February at 7.20 pm.


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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