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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


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.


Basel Physicists Develop Efficient Method of Signal Transmission from Nanocomponents

Physicists have developed an innovative method that could enable the efficient use of nanocomponents in electronic circuits. To achieve this, they have developed a layout in which a nanocomponent is connected to two electrical conductors, which uncouple the electrical signal in a highly efficient manner.   more...


First theoretical proof: Measurement of a single nuclear spin in biological samples

Physicists of the University of Basel and the Swiss Nanoscience Institute were able to show for the first time that the nuclear spins of single molecules can be detected with the help of magnetic particles at room temperature. In «Nature Nanotechnology», the researchers describe a novel experimental   more...

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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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