The LTA, a legacy platform of MaNEP, contributes to the research on the Covid-19

The LTA, a legacy platform of MaNEP, contributes to the research on the Covid-19

To achieve optimal virus detection using surface plasmon resonance (SPR), a leading SPR manufacturer is relying on glass prisms with a high-quality gold thin film sensor custom grown in the LTA laboratory (Fig.1). Basic research provides the basis for subsequent applied research and development. In the same way, instrumentation and expertise tailored for basic research…

SWM 2020 conference postponed

SWM 2020 conference postponed

Given the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemics and in adherence to safety guidelines of the Swiss government, the organizing committee has decided to postpone the SWM2020 conference. The current plan is to hold the workshop in 2021, with dates that have still to be fixed. The MANEP community will be updated in fall with more details. More…

Report on the first van der Waals Materials Meeting

Report on the first van der Waals Materials Meeting

The first in a series of ‘van der Waals Meetings’ took place in Fribourg, during the afternoon of January 24, 2020. It was organized to bring researchers in the field together so as to enhance their collaborations, stimulate new innovative ideas, and increase the competitiveness of Swiss researchers as a whole. Fribourg was chosen as…

Summer internships 2020

Summer internships 2020

The MaNEP Network offers summer internships for 3rd and 4th year students in physics. It is a unique opportunity to work for a month this summer in one of the top research teams affiliated to the MaNEP Network while receiving a financial support. Interested ? Click here to see all the details and to contact the…

Creating custom light using 2D materials

Creating custom light using 2D materials

Researchers from UNIGE and the University of Manchester have discovered structures based on two-dimensional materials that emit tailor-made light in any colour you could wish for. Finding new semi-conductor materials that emit light is essential for developing a wide range of electronic devices. But making artificial structures that emit light tailored to our specific needs…

Unconventional Superconductivity – Forty years of exciting developments

Unconventional Superconductivity – Forty years of exciting developments

By Manfred Sigrist, ETHZ This year in May the 25th anniversary of the discovery of Sr2RuO4 was celebrated with a dedicated workshop at ETH Zurich. Sr2RuO4 has been the second superconductor found in the class of perovskite transition metal oxides after the cuprates and has ever since played an important role in the field of…

Measuring the oxygen positions in an ultra thin film by XRD

Measuring the oxygen positions in an ultra thin film by XRD

By Jennifer Fowlie Based on article published in Nano Letters X-ray diffraction is a ubiquitous tool used in many areas of physical sciences for determining the structure of matter. There are two particular experimental challenges in measuring an x-ray diffraction signal; samples that are of too small a volume and atoms that are of too…

MaNEP Materials Discovery Workshop and Forum Meeting at the University of Bern

MaNEP Materials Discovery Workshop and Forum Meeting at the University of Bern

  The MaNEP Network met at the University of Bern, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, for a Workshop on Materials Discovery and its annual Forum Meeting. During the workshop the principle investigators of six leading materials discovery and synthesis groups at the Paul Scherrer Institute, EPF Lausanne, ETH Zurich and the Universities of Geneva, Zurich…

MaNEP session at the SPS meeting

MaNEP session at the SPS meeting

This year MaNEP organized again a special session at the annual Swiss Physical Society meeting that took place last August at the University of Zurich. The MaNEP session focused on the recent developments in the study of materials with novel electronic phenomena arising from electronic correlations or topological properties. The four sessions held during two…

High performance chemical analysis and imaging in Geneva

High performance chemical analysis and imaging in Geneva

    The Laboratory of Advance Technology (LTA) in Geneva has launched a new platform for chemical analysis and imaging. Open to both academics and industry, this platform provides access to a nano-TOF SIMS and an XPS, and is the only lab in Switzerland to provide access to both of these complementary techniques. Together, they…

Talk with Markus Müller, Senior scientist, Condensed Matter Theory Group, PSI

Talk with Markus Müller, Senior scientist, Condensed Matter Theory Group, PSI

What has been your main research activity and your most interesting scientific findings over the last few years ? My research as a theorist is rather wide-spread across condensed matter physics. One of my main interests and playgrounds though concerns the interplay of interactions, quantum fluctuations and disorder, which gives rise to an enormous variety…

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