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The Swiss Micro- and Nanotechnology Network is offering five prizes each of 2’000 CHF for excellent scientific first-author publications in the field of Nanotechnology and Nanoscience published by PhD students in 2018/2019 sponsored by:

The prizes will be awarded at the annual Swiss Nanoconvention conference, being held from 6-7 June 2019, at the EPFL in Lausanne.


As a rule, the work should have been conducted at a Swiss university or research institute and should not be older than 2 years. The manuscript can be written in German, French or English and must be either accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal or published in a peer-reviewed journal in 2018 through March 2019.

The application must include:

  1. A nomination letter by the PhD advisor (not longer than one page)
  2. A curriculum vitae of the PhD student including a list of activities and publications (not longer than 2 pages)
  3. A short summary stating the importance of the work (max 1⁄2 page)
  4. A PDF copy of the manuscript of the published work


All pdf-files of 1) through 4) must be merged together into a single pdf that takes the name of the PhD student.

This single pdf document must be submitted by 26.4.2019 to the following address (by Email):

Prof. Christian Schönenberger
Department of Physics, University of Basel
Klingelbergstrasse 82
4056 Basel, Switzerland


Prize Committee:

  • Prof. Jens Gobrecht (PSI)
  • Dr. Pierangelo Gröning (Empa Materials Science and Technology, Dübendorf)
  • Prof. Barbara Rothen‐Rutishauser (Adolphe Merkle Institute, University of Fribourg)
  • Prof. Christian Schönenberger (Swiss Nanoscience Institute, University of Basel)
  • Dr. Andreas Hafner (BASF Schweiz AG, Dübendorf)

Communication of the prize:

The prize winners will be introduced on the website of the Swiss Micro- and Nanotechnology Network and the award will be handed over by a representative of the sponsor companies at the Swiss Nanoconvention 2019 taking place at the EPFL on 6-7 June.