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Swiss Nanoscience Institute

The Swiss Nanoscience Institute (SNI) is a Center of Excellence in Nanoscale Sciences and Nanotechnologie. 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


The Annual Report 2014 is online

The Annual Report 2014 with highlights from the previous year and summaries of all SNI PhD projects and Argovia projects can now be downloaded. The printed version is available beginning of April.


Quantum-Spin-Off: Competition for high-school students at the Department of Physics

This week, six school classes from Switzerland presented their ideas to develop specific products from concepts based on natural sciences. The event marked the end of the EU project “Quantum-Spin-Off” that aims at bringing young people into contact with research and industries in the nanosciences and nanotechnologies.


Graphene Research: Electrons Moving along Defined Snake States

Physicists at the University of Basel have shown for the first time that electrons in graphene can be moved along a predefined path. This movement occurs entirely without loss and could provide a basis for numerous applications in the field of electronics. The research group led by Professor Christian   more...


Nanosized bacterial speargun

One micrometer long and less than thirty nanometers wide – more than thousand times thinner than a human hair – that’s the size of a bacterial “speargun”. This so-called type VI secretion system is an almost unbeatable weapon in fighting against competitors or invading host cells. In a recent publication   more...


Drei Basler Forscher erhalten SNSF Consolidator Grant

Drei Wissenschaftler der Universität Basel haben erfolgreich einen Consolidator Grant des Schweizerischen Nationalfonds eingeworben: Die Professoren Botond Roska vom Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Till Voss vom Schweizerischen Tropen- und Public Health Institute und Stefan Willitsch vom Departement Chemie erhalten je rund zwei Millionen Franken für ihre fünfjährigen Projekte.


Marketing, Botanik, Physik: Neue Professorinnen und Professor an der Universität Basel

Prof. Miguel Brendl ist neuer Professor für Marketing an der Wirtschaftswissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Universität Basel. Gleichzeitig wählte der Universitätsrat Prof. Yvonne Willi zur Associate-Professorin für Botanik und nahm die Wahl von Prof. Ilaria Zardo zur Assistenzprofessorin für Experimental Material Physics zur Kenntnis.


Nano-Beaker Offers Insight Into the Condensation of Atoms

An international team of physicists has succeeded in mapping the condensation of individual atoms, or rather their transition from a gaseous state to another state, using a new method. Led by the Swiss Nanoscience Institute and the Department of Physics at the University of Basel, the team was able to   more...

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FameLab is coming to Basel!
FameLab Basel will take place in April 1st, at the Natural History Museum. Door opening & apéro at 18:00; FameLab competition starts at 19:30. Entry is free!

Swiss NanoConvention 2015
The SNC 2015 is being held from May 27-28 in Neuchâtel.


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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