Applied research in the Nano-Argovia program

The Nano Argovia program supports innovation and technology transfer for companies in Northwestern Switzerland. It bridges the gap between basic scientific research conducted at the SNI and its industrial applications.

Each Argovia project pairs two academic partners from the SNI network with an industrial company from Northwestern Switzerland. At least 50% of the projects are conducted in cooperation with companies from the Canton of Aargau. The others are joint projects with enterprises from the two Basel half-cantons Basel-Stadt and Baselland or Solothurn.

The academic partners come from the University of Basel, the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland, the Paul Scherrer Institute or the technology transfer centre ANAXAM, the CSEM Allschwil or the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering at ETH Zurich in Basel. The SNI strives for a wide variety of projects.

The team first spends one year examining the feasibility of various nanotechnology approaches, which mostly originated from the research conducted at the SNI. An extension for a second year is possible, if data look promising.

Industrial companies that participated in finalized Nano-Argovia projects are highly pleased about the outcome of the projects. In a survey, companies confirmed that they would participate in other Nano-Argovia projects. Regularly, follow-up projects develop from the joint projects with the SNI network.

Flyer call for Nano-Argovia projects

Examples of Nano-Argovia success stories that were published in recent annual reports can be found here.

Patrick Maletinsky
"The Nano-Argovia program has been sustainably strengthening industrial activities in the field of nanotechnologies in the region of Northwestern Switzerland for years. With the program, we successfully build bridges between basic research and application."

Professor Dr. Patrick Maletinsky, board member and responsible for the Nano-Argovia program