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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


Congratulations to Peter Rickhaus

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.


New PhD positions available

Within the SNI PhD School, five new PhD positions are now available. The deadline for submission of online applications is 30th September, 2015.
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Successful Boron-Doping of Graphene Nanoribbon

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.


Quantum States in a Nano-object Manipulated using a Mechanical System

Scientists at the Swiss Nanoscience Institute at the University of Basel have used resonators made from single-crystalline diamonds to develop a novel device in which a quantum system is integrated into a mechanical oscillating system. For the first time, the researchers were able to show that this mechanical   more...


Sara Freund Receives Prize for Best Master’s Thesis in 2014


Sara Freund has won the prize for the best Master's thesis in nanoscale science at the University of Basel. This is the second time the prize has been awarded. The young French scientist, who earned her Bachelor's in Strasbourg and came to the University of Basel for her Master's, wrote her winning thesis   more...

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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!

i-net Nano Technology Event
The i-net Nano Technology Event "Innovation Landscape Nano" with participation of the SNI takes place on September 9th, 2015 at the FHNW.

Uninacht 2015
On 18th September, the Uni-Nacht 2015 will take place. The SNI actively participates with different activities.


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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