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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


Manipulation of the nuclear spin ensemble in a quantum dot with chirped magnetic resonance pulses

The nuclear spins in nanostructured semiconductors play a central role in quantum applications1, 2, 3, 4. The nuclear spins represent a useful resource for generating local magnetic5 fields but nuclear spin noise represents a major source of dephasing for spin qubits2, 3. Controlling the nuclear spins   more...


15th July 2014 - Smallest Swiss Cross – Made of 20 Single Atoms

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.


26.06.2014 - High-Precision Nanosensors: Physicists Implement 10 Year old Theoretical Proposal

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   more...


25.06.2014 - Nanoscale Velcro used for Molecule Transport

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,   more...

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New approaches to germinhibiting surfaces


Chemical-biological functionalization


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Recent publications

Strain coupling of a nitrogen-vacancy center spin to a diamond mechanical oscillator
J. Teissier, A. Barfuss, P. Appel, E. Neu, and P. Maletinsky
Physical Review Letters
We report on single electronic spins coupled to the motion of mechanical resonators by a novel mechanism based on crystal strain. Our device consists of single-crystalline diamond cantilevers with emb
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Selective transport control on molecular velcro made from intrinsically disordered proteins
Kai D. Schleicher, Simon L. Dettmer, Larisa E. Kapinos, Stefano Pagliara, Ulrich F. Keyser, Sylvia Jeney & Roderick Y. H. Lim
Nature Nanotechnology (2014)
The selectivity and speed of many biological transport processes1 transpire from a ‘reduction of dimensionality’2 that confines diffusion to one or two dimensions instead of three3. This behaviour rem
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