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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


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.


Saturday Morning Physics über Quantencomputer und Supernova

Die Faszination der modernen Physik erfahren – das bietet die Universität Basel Schülerinnen und Schülern mit den Saturday Morning Physics. Thema der Veranstaltungen an zwei Samstagvormittagen sind die Zukunft des Quantencomputers und Supernova-Explosionen.


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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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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