The University of Basel is the first Swiss university to provide a programme in nanosciences. From the very beginning of studies, the interdisciplinary curriculum in nanosciences combines the three disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics into the word of nano systems. After three years a BSc with a Major in Nanosciences can be awarded. Three semesters later the degree of an MSc in Nanosciences becomes possible.
'Nanoscale Science' as a National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) is a long-term interdisciplinary research effort focusing on nanoscale structures and aiming to provide new impact and ideas for the life sciences, for the sustainable use of resources, and for information and communications technologies.
Calzaferri's research in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry deals with Luminescent molecules and quantum-sized particles in the cavities and channels of zeolites. The group develops develop highly organized dye-zeolite materials for nanosensors and photoelectronic devices.
The Fink Group focuses on the synthesis and characterization of novel multifunctional and/or hybrid particles and materials for a variety of applications, predominately in biology and medicine. The group works on a variety of interdisciplinary research projects ranging from reactor development and nanoengineering to biotechnology and surface chemistry. While addressing fundamental problems, our research efforts are also highly relevant to important societal issues such as environment and sustainability, human health and nanobiotechnology.
The focus of the Center of Functional Materials and Nanotechnology are the modification and analysis of surfaces and the development of applications in the following areas of chemistry and biology: Functional- and biomaterials; Nanotechnology; Surface analysis; Filtration technology in industrial chemistry.