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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


Nano Image Award 2015 - The winners are:

Mohamed El Idrissi, Gulibusitan Abulizi, Elise Aeby and Roché Walliser We have four winners this year as two images got the same number of votes.


Electrons Always Find a (Quantum) Way

Scientists from the Swiss Nanoscience Institute and the Department of Physics at the University of Basel have demonstrated for the first time how electrons are transported from a superconductor through a quantum dot into a metal with normal conductivity. This transport process through a quantum dot   more...


Microwave Field Imaging Using Diamond and Vapor Cells

Microwave field imaging is becoming increasingly important, as microwaves play an essential role in modern communications technology and can also be used in medical diagnostics. Researchers from the Swiss Nanoscience Institute and the Department of Physics at the University of Basel have now independently   more...


Was ist Nano?

The SNI has produced a new brochure for children and school students. The small brochure explains what nanoscale science is about. Examples show the diversity of research at the SNI and invite everybody to get further information.The brochure is available only in German.


Teachers Event

On October 28, an event for teachers takes place at the University of Basel that covers natural science topics.


PhD-fellowship on Scanning nanoSQUID Microscopy of Graphene and 2D Materials Topic

A fellowship for an experimental PhD thesis work is now available in the Poggio Lab at the University of Basel, Switzerland ( Research in the Poggio Lab is concentrated on studies of smallscale magnetism using various cutting edge methods i.e. cantilever magnetometry, magnetic resonance   more...


Controllable protein gates deliver on-demand permeability in artificial nanovesicles

Researchers at the University of Basel have succeeded in building protein gates for artificial nano-vesicles that become transparent only under specific conditions. The gate responds to certain pH values, triggering a reaction and releasing active agents at the desired location. This is demonstrated in a study published in the journal Nano Letters.


Christian Bosshardt will become Head of the Technology Field Nano at i-net

With Christian Bosshardt, i-net innovation networks Switzerland (the joint innovation support of the cantons in Northwestern Switzerland) could win an excellent expert as Strategic Head of the Technology Field Nano. Christian Bosshardt is Director of CSEM in Muttenz. He will strategically support i-net and provide his knowledge and contacts.


PhD position on nanowire hybrid systems

A PhD position is available at the Department of Physics at University of Basel in Switzerland on a project investigating hybrid quantum systems with nanowire mechanical resonators and optical cavities.

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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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