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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


10-06-2016

Controlling Quantum States Atom by Atom



An international consortium led by researchers at the University of Basel has developed a method to precisely alter the quantum mechanical states of electrons within an array of quantum boxes. The method can be used to investigate the interactions between various types of atoms and electrons, which is essential for future quantum technologies, as the group reports in the journal Small.


02-06-2016

Christoph Gerber to receive the Kavli Prize



Professor Christoph Gerber of the Swiss Nanoscience Institute and the Department of Physics at the University of Basel has been awarded the 2016 Kavli Prize in Nanoscience together with Professor Gerd Binnig (formerly of IBM Zurich Research Laboratory) and Professor Calvin Quate (Stanford University). The award honors their invention and creation of the first atomic force microscope 30 years ago.


30-05-2016

A Negative Enzyme Yields Positive Results

The anion-π enzyme consists of an electron-poor arene cofactor (grey stick representation) embedded within a protein (displayed as surface). (Image: University of Basel, Department Chemistry) The anion-π enzyme consists of an electron-poor arene cofactor (grey stick representation) embedded   more...


13-05-2016

Physicists Measure van der Waals Forces of Individual Atoms for the First Time



Physicists at the Swiss Nanoscience Institute and the University of Basel have succeeded in measuring the very weak van der Waals forces between individual atoms for the first time. To do this, they fixed individual noble gas atoms within a molecular network and determined the interactions with a single   more...


02-05-2016

Quantum Sensors for High-Precision Magnetometry of Superconductors

Scientists at the Swiss Nanoscience Institute and the Department of Physics at the University of Basel have developed a new method that has enabled them to image magnetic fields on the nanometer scale at temperatures close to absolute zero for the first time. They used spins in special diamonds as   more...


02-05-2016

Nuclear Pores Captured on Film



Using an ultra fast-scanning atomic force microscope, a team of researchers from the University of Basel has filmed “living” nuclear pore complexes at work for the first time. Nuclear pores are molecular machines that control the traffic entering or exiting the cell nucleus. In their article published   more...







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Agenda

27.06.2016
Exploring chemistry and magnetism in adlayers at surfaces
Jan Nowakowski, SNI PhD student, will defend his PhD thesis on 27th of June at 2 p.m. in the "Neuer Hörsaal".

01.07.2016
Swiss NanoConvention 2016
The Swiss NanoConvention 2016 will be held in Basel from 30 June – 1 July, 2016.
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16.09.2016
Annual Event SNI
The next SNI Annual Event will take place in Lenzerheide from 15th - 16th September 2016.

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Recent publications

Spatiotemporal dynamics of the nuclear pore complex transport barrier resolved by high-speed atomic force microscopy
Yusuke Sakiyama, Adam Mazur, Larisa E. Kapinos & Roderick Y. H. Lim
Nature Nanotechnology (2016)
Nuclear pore complexes (NPCs) are biological nanomachines that mediate the bidirectional traffic of macromolecules between the cytoplasm and nucleus in eukaryotic cells. This process involves numerous
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Quantitative nanoscale vortex imaging using a cryogenic quantum magnetometer
L. Thiel, D. Rohner, M. Ganzhorn, P. Appel, E. Neu, B. Müller, R. Kleiner, D. Koelle & P. Maletinsky
Nature Nanotechnology (2016)
Microscopic studies of superconductors and their vortices play a pivotal role in understanding the mechanisms underlying superconductivity1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Local measurements of penetration depths6 or ma
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