News from the Swiss Nanoscience Institute
Our founding director Professor Hans-Joachim Güntherodt has died
Today, we have received the sad news that our founding director Professor Hans-Joachim Güntherodt has died on Sunday. All who knew him are shocked about these news. Without Hans-Joachim Güntherodt, nanoscale sciences at the University of Basel and in Switzerland would not be where they currently stand. We would not have had an NCCR Nanoscale Sciences and no SNI at the University of Basel. During his career, he has not only fascinated students and PhD students but has also convinced colleagues, politicians and interested people from all disciplines of the astonishing nanoworld. We have lost an excellent scientists and a wonderful person who leaves a big gap. Our thoughts are with his family.
The manipulation of atoms has reached a new level: Together with teams from Finland and Japan, physicists from the University of Basel were able to place 20 single atoms on a fully insulated surface at room temperature to form the smallest “Swiss cross”, thus taking a big step towards next generation atomic-scale storage devices. The academic journal Nature Communications has published their results.
The Argovia Programm supports applied research projects and stimulates the know-jow and technology between academia and industry in Northwestern Switzerland.
Projects can be submitted until September 30, 2014.
More information on Nano-Argovia, as well as the corresponding documents and forms can be downloaded.
Scientists at the Swiss Nanoscience Institute at the University of Basel were able to show that specifically modified diamonds could work as high precision nanosensors. The researchers used single crystal diamond cantilevers with embedded defects in their crystal lattice structure. In these so called
Biological membranes are like a guarded border. They separate the cell from the environment and at the same time control the import and export of molecules. The nuclear membrane can be crossed via many tiny pores. Scientists at the Biozentrum and the Swiss Nanoscience Institute at the University of Basel,
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.
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