Swiss NanoConvention 2023

The Swiss NanoConvention brings together Swiss and international leaders from science and industry in the field of «nano», key figures in innovation and technology, entrepreneurs, investors, administrators and politicians. The Swiss NanoConvention is a platform for connecting people, networking, debating and exchanging ideas – or even generating new ones. Key players are able to gather the best available information on the potential, but also on the risks of one of the key emerging technologies of the 21st century, and its opportunities for innovative technologies, products and services. The Swiss NanoConvention is the prime showcase for nanotechnology in Switzerland, jointly organized by the «who-is-who» in the Swiss nano scene. It is the venue for meeting the great minds in nanoscience and technology.

Please join us at the next edition at the Patinoires du Littoral, lakeside Neuchâtel from June 15 & 16, 2023 as an in-person meeting. 

Key topics of the conference include:

  • Nano-optics
  • Nanomaterials
  • BioSensors
  • Micro & Nanofluidics
  • Nanotechnology for Energy
  • Sustainable Nanotechnology

The two-day program will feature plenary talks, topical sessions, discussion platforms and ample opportunities for in-depth and informal networking. A poster session and an exhibition are also planned. Awards will be given for best poster and best nano image. There will a start-up competition as well as the bestowment of the 2023 Swiss MNT Network PhD Awards.

We are looking forward to seeing you in June in Neuchâtel.


Note: Program is under development and subject to modification.

Thursday 15 June 2023

08:00 Registration Opens
09:00 - 09:30 Introduction and Welcome  
09:30 - 10:40

Chairs: Prof. Yasin Ekinci, PSI

Prof. Manuel Guizar Sicairos, Paul Scherrer Institute, Photon Science Division & École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Institute of Physics, Switzerland
3D coherent lensless nanoimaging using X-ray synchrotron sources

  • Dr. Petra Simoncic, Chief Innovation Officer, ELDICO Scientific AG, Switzerland
    • Electron Diffraction – Structure Elucidation of Nano-Crystalline Materials
  • Prof. Dr. Jan Pieter Abrahams, Basel University, Biozentrum, Switzerland
    • Cryo-EM of LonP1: a dynamic molecular machine
10:40 - 11:10 Coffee Break & Exhibition Visit
11:10 - 11:40

Güntherodt Lecture
Chair: Prof. Christian Schönenberger, SNI (University of Basel)

Prof. Simon Scheuring, Weill Cornell Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, Department of Physiology & Biophysics, USA
High-speed atomic force microscopy captures conformational transitions and transient conformational states in membrane proteins

11:40 - 12:50

Advanced manufacturing at nanoscale
Chair: Prof. Silvia Schintke, HEIGVD, HES-SO

Prof. Daryl W. Yee, EPFL, Institute of Electrical and Micro Engineering, Switzerland
Hydrogel Infusion Additive Manufacturing: Simple Chemistries for Advanced Materials

  • Dr. Ivo Utke, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa), Switzerland
    • Hydrogel Infusion Additive Manufacturing: Simple Chemistries for Advanced Materials
  • Dr. Saskia Bindschedler, University of Neuchâtel, Faculty of Sciences, Institute of Biology, Laboratory of Microbiology, Switzerland
    • Microbial biodegradation of paper electronics as a waste valorization strategy?
  • Dr. Andrea Vaccaro, CTO, LS Instruments, Switzerland
    • TBA
12:50 - 14:00 Lunch, Poster Session & Exhibition Visit
14:00 - 15:10

Applied Industry Projects
Chair: Dr. Marcus Morstein, Hightech Zentrum Aargau

Silke Traut, COO, Dectris AG, Switzerland
Single X-Ray Photon and Electron Counting: Pushing the limits of detection technology

  • Dr. Reinhard Völkel, CEO, SUSS MicroOptics, Switzerland
    • Micro, Meta, Nano – the Planar Optics Revolution
  • Dr. Andreas Hogg, CEO, Coat-X SA, Switzerland
    • Innovative parylene based PECVD/ALD multilayer with optimized surface functionality based on nanomaterials
  • Dr. Florian Döring, CEO, XRnanotech , Switzerland
    • Nanostructured Diffractive Optics – New Opportunities at Small Wavelengths
15:10 - 15:40 Coffee Break & Exhibition Visit
15:40 - 16:50

Smart nanomaterials
Chairs: Dr. Raphaël Pugin, CSEM SA

Dr. Luciano Fernandes Boesel, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa), Laboratory for Biomimetic Membranes and Textiles, Switzerland
Nanostructured polymers for biomedical and energy-related applications

  • Prof. Jovana V. Milić, Adolphe Merkle Institute, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
    • Multifunctional Perovskite Materials for Smart Photovoltaics
  • Dr. Xavier Lefévre, Nanoscale Technology - CSEM SA, Switzerland
    • Porous layers for environmental electrochemical sensors development
  • Dr. Marek Oszajca, Avantama AG, Switzerland
    • Perovskite Nanocrystals for Displays – from LCD to Micro-LED and QD-OLED
16:50 - 18:30 Poster Session with Aperitif
  • Dedicated poster session
  • Networking Aperitif
  • Vote for Best Poster Prizes
18:30 Adjourn for the Day

Friday 16 June 2023

08:00 Registration Opens
08:30 - 09:40

Quantum Technologies
Chairs: Prof. Kirsten Moselund, PSI

Prof. Peter Krogstrup, NNF Quantum Computing Programme, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Developing Quantum Computing HW for life sciences

  • Prof. Dr. Cristina Benea-Chelmus, Hybrid Photonics Laboratory, EPFL, Switzerland
    • Integrated photonic transducers
  • Dr. Alexander Grimm, Bosonic Quantum Information Group, PSI, Switzerland
    • Nanofabrication aspects of bosonic quantum information processing with Schrödinger-cat qubits
  • Marco Nordmann, Qnami AG, Switzerland
    • Qnami ProteusQ: A commercial solution unlocking magnetic field measurments in nanoscale magnetic materials
09:40 - 10:10 Coffee & Exhibition Visit
10:10 - 11:25

Start-up Competition
Chairs: Dr. Lorenz Herrmann, Empa

  • Companies to be confirmed
11:15 - 12:25 Podium Discussion
Chairs: Dr. Michel Despont, CSEM SA

Tentative Topic: The Swiss flavour of Chip Act

Panelists to be confirmed

12:25 - 14:00 Lunch, Poster Session & Exhibition Visit
14:00 - 15:10

Nanophotonics and nano-optics
Chair: Prof. Alexandra Kämpfer-Homsy, HES-SO / He-Arc, Neuchâtel

Prof. Giulia Tagliabue, Laboratory of Nanoscience for Energy Technologies (LNET – IGM – STI), EPFL, Switzerland
Controlling Charge and Heat Generation with Photonic Metasurfaces

  • Prof. Dr. Ilaria Zardo, Nanophononics Lab, Departments of Physics and Swiss Nanoscience Institute, University of Basel, Switzerland
    • Investigating phonons and thermal transport by inelastic light scattering and pump-probe spectroscopy
  • Dr. Maria Sanz-Paz, Department of Physics, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
    • DNA-Templated Ultracompact Optical Antennas for Unidirectional Single-Molecule Emission
  • Dr. Guillaume Basset, Micro-Nano Optics, CSEM SA, Switzerland
    • Manufacturing advanced micro and nano optics for quantum devices
15:10 - 15:40 Coffee & Exhibition Visit
15:40 - 16:50

Nanotechnology for Medtech
Chair: Prof. Barbara Rothen-Rutishauser, AMI Uni-FR

Prof. Dr. Rene Rossi, Laboratory for Biomimetic Membranes and Textiles, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa), Switzerland
Smart fibers for sensing and drug delivery applications

  • Prof. Dr. Oya Tagit, Head of the Group Biointerfaces, Swiss Nanoscience Institute (SNI) & Executive Committee Member; University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, School of Life Sciences - Institute of Chemistry and Bioanalytics, Switzerland
    • Immunomodulatory nanomedicines development: from bench to the bedside
  • Dr. Emmanuel Delamarche, Senior Manager, Spiden AG, Switzerland
    • Ultraminiaturized bio-assays by bending liquids
  • Prof. Sumita Pennathur, UC Santa Barbara; CEO LAXMI therapeutic devices, USA
    • From in-vitro to implantable medical devices -- where technology can make a difference.
16:50 - 17:20 Awards Ceremony
Chairs: Prof. Alexandra Kämpfer-Homsy, HES-SO / He-Arc, Neuchâtel, Switzerland and Michel Despont (CSEM), Swiss MNT Board, SNC 2023 co-Chair
17:20 - 17:30 Final Remarks
17:30 Conference adjourns
Farewell Reception (light)