Trends in micro nano event in Bienne

On Oct. 25th, the Trend in Micro Nano event organized by the Swiss mnt network took place at the Innocampus in Bienne.  Among other speakers reporting about applied research or applications, we reported there on our work with Silicon-based biochemical sensors and its potential for applications.



Congratulations to Jan for the Best Poster award on the SNI Annual event.

Jan Overbeck with SNI Best poster award - 2016
Jan Overbeck won SNI Best poster award – 2016

In September 2016, SNI members met for their third annual conference in Lenzerheide, where 80 participants were treated to a diverse mixture of lectures and posters to encourage scientific exchange. 

Jan Oberbeck, an SNI doctoral student from Michel Calame’s group, won over the audience with his poster, for which he picked up a prize. 

Press release


Just accepted: paper on single and multi-domain CVD graphene by Kishan Thodkar et al.

fig2We systematically investigate the impact of granularity in CVD graphene films by performing Raman mapping and electrical characterization of single (SD) and multi domain (MD) graphene. In order to elucidate the quality of the graphene film, we study its regional variations using large area Raman mapping and compare the G and 2D peak positions of as-transferred Chemical Vapor Deposited (CVD) graphene on SiO2 substrate. We find a similar upshift in wavenumber in both SD and MD graphene in comparison to freshly exfoliated graphene. In our case, doping could play the dominant role behind the observation of such upshifts rather than the influence due to strain. Interestingly, the impact of the polymer assisted wet transfer process is the same in both the CVD graphene types. The electrical characterization shows that SD graphene exhibits a substantially higher (a factor 5) field-effect mobility when compared to MD graphene. We attribute the low sheet resistance and mobility enhancement to a decrease in charge carrier scattering thanks to a reduction of the number of grain boundaries and defects in SD graphene.

Figure Large area Raman scans of D, G and 2D bands (a-c, g-i) and peak position-histograms of SD (d-f) and MD (j-l) graphene. The average peak positions are marked with black dotted lines for D, G and 2D bands. Features in the large area scans are marked using white arrows. Scale bars: 4 µm (SD) and 2 µm (MD)

Comparative study of single and multi domain CVD graphene using large area Raman mapping and electrical transport characterization
Kishan Thodkar, Maria El Abbassi, Felix Lüönd, Frédéric Overney, Christian Schönenberger, Blaise Jeanneret and Michel Calame
pss-RRL (2016), DOI: 10.1002/pssr.201600211

We will move … !


Michel Calame, staff member at the Swiss Nanoscience Institute and the Department of Physics at the University of Basel, has accepted to lead a laboratory at the Empa (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology) with a new focus on “Nanoscale Transport Phenomena”, starting Oct. 1st, 2016. The activities of the group in Basel continue and will be progressively transferred to the Empa. The whole Nanoscale Hybrid Electronic Systems group will be integrated in the Empa lab and based in Dübendorf from August 2017 on.

Announcement at Empa: link.


New address
Michel Calame
Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology
Ueberlandstrasse 129
CH-8600 Dübendorf
Tel: +41 58 765 4260

For administrative matters
Silvia Eppenberger (Mo-Th)
+41 58 765 4272

Béatrice Spoerri (Tu, Fr):
+41 58 765 4407


We were at the Elecmol-2016

At the 8th International Conference on Molecular Electronics “Elecmol–2016” (August 22−26, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris):

  • Anton gave a talk “Controlled formation of organometallic molecular junctions in liquid environment”; 
  • Jan presented a poster “Investigation of Electron Transport in Molecular and Optoelectronic Nanojunctions” – won a poster prize!
  • Maria presented a poster “Graphene molecular junctions”.
Winners of the Poster Prize at Elecmol

Group excursion at the Tierberglihütte

Last week, we enjoyed a nice mountain tour in the Susten region together with the Nanoelectronics group. Thanks to Clevin & Simon for organizing it!

From left to right: Jan Overbeck, Maria El Abbassi, Axel Fanget, Kishan Thodkar, Masoud Baghernejad. Anton Vladyka, Olena Synhaivska, David Marti and Michel Calame. Missing: Oliver Braun.


Physics in Riehen

Abendliche Tea Party mit Physik beim Spielzeugmuseum in Riehen.

Anlässlich der Finissage der Ausstellung „Merk- und merkerwürdig Im Wunderland”, fand am Sonntag 10. July eine grosse Tea-Party im Spielzeumuseum statt. Jüngere und ältere konnten sich da auch von physikalischen Experimenten verblüffen lassen.