News from the Swiss Nanoscience Institute
SNI Nano Image Award 2015
We are looking for the most beautiful images of the nanoworld and will honor the three best pictures with 300 Swiss Francs each. Don’t miss the chance and participate!
Please submit your photos together with a title, a short description and the scale of the image to email@example.com until October 31st, 2015.
We will present the best pictures on our website and will announce the winners in the next issue of SNI update.
The joint program of the SNI and the Department of Physics was a great success. During the whole evening, the experimental booths were densely occupied. At the entrance of the laser labyrinth, a long queue formed that did not become shorter at midnight. And even after twelve o’clock, a large number of people were still doing crafts in the creative workshop. Many thanks to all who contributed.
With the help of a semiconductor quantum dot, physicists at the University of Basel have developed a new type of light source that emits single photons. For the first time, the researchers have managed to create a stream of identical photons from a semiconductor. They have reported their findings in the scientific journal Nature Communications together with colleagues from the University of Bochum.
Calculation with electron spins in a quantum computer assumes that the spin states last for a sufficient period of time. Physicists at the University of Basel and the Swiss Nanoscience Institute have now demonstrated that electron exchange in quantum dots fundamentally limits the stability of this information.
During their formation within the cells, many proteins rely on the assistance of molecular protectors, so-called chaperones. They help the proteins to fold correctly and thus ensure the right final structure. The roles of chaperones in membrane protein folding have long remained unclear. Researchers
Nadia Opara and Stefan Arnold – Award winners at the SNI Annual Event 2015
During the Annual Event 2015, Nadia Opara won the Best Talk Award and Stefan Arnold got the price for the best poster. The two SNI PhD students received their awards on 4th September at Lenzerheide where the second Annual Event of the SNI took place at the hotel Schweizerhof. During the closing ceremony,
Peter Rickhaus from the Departement of Physics and the Swiss Nanoscience Institute has been awarded the Metas-Price of the Swiss Physical Society for his work on electron transport in graphene.
Within the SNI PhD School, five new PhD positions are now available. The deadline for submission of online applications is 30th September, 2015.
Physicists at the University of Basel succeed in synthesizing boron-doped graphene nanoribbons and characterizing their structural, electronic and chemical properties. The modified material could potentially be used as a sensor for the ecologically damaging nitrogen oxides, scientists report in the latest issue of Nature Communications.