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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


22-05-2015

Basel Physicists Develop Efficient Method of Signal Transmission from Nanocomponents



Physicists have developed an innovative method that could enable the efficient use of nanocomponents in electronic circuits. To achieve this, they have developed a layout in which a nanocomponent is connected to two electrical conductors, which uncouple the electrical signal in a highly efficient manner.   more...


12-05-2015

First theoretical proof: Measurement of a single nuclear spin in biological samples



Physicists of the University of Basel and the Swiss Nanoscience Institute were able to show for the first time that the nuclear spins of single molecules can be detected with the help of magnetic particles at room temperature. In «Nature Nanotechnology», the researchers describe a novel experimental   more...


20-04-2015

Breath test for detecting head and neck cancer



EPFL 10.04.15 - A portable device can detect the presence of certain types of cancer in people's breath. Tested on patients, the new device was developed in part by EPFL researchers as part of an international collaboration that includes SNI-members Professor Christoph Gerber and Dr. Hans-Peter Lang.


14-04-2015

Clean mirrors for fusion reactor



Optical measurement systems play a central role for the operation of the planned fusion reactor (ITER), which is currently being built in Southern France. Researchers from the Department of Physics at the University of Basel including SNI Vice-Director Professor Ernst Meyer have successfully tested a method to clean inaccessible diagnostic mirrors inside the reactor.







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03.09.2015
SNI Annual Event
This years' SNI Annual Event will take place from 3rd to 4th September at the Hotel Schweizerhof in Lenzerheide. Please save the date!

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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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