05.07.2022 – 06.07.2022 Forum Fribourg, Route du Lac 12, 1763 Granges-Paccot

Swiss NanoConvention 2022

Université de Fribourg, Fribourg Center for Nanomaterials


Tuesday 5 July 2022

08:00Registration Opens
09:00 - 09:30Introduction and Welcome
  • Barbara Rothen-Rutishauser, Adolphe Merkle Institute (AMI), University of Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Chantal Robin, Director, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Chantal Martin Sölch, Vice-Rector for Teaching, Continuing Education and Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
09:30 - 10:45

Nano for Medtech Applications
Chairs: Alexandra Kaempfer-Homsy (He-Arc), Pierangelo Gröning (EMPA)

Andrew Demellow, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Microfluidics for Diagnostics in the Developed and Developing World

  • Maurizio Gullo, 3D Biofabrication Group Leader, Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz Hochschule für Life Sciences, Institute for Medical Engineering & Medical Informatics, Switzerland
    • 3D Bioprinting of Cardiomyocytes Laden Nanocomposite Hydrogels Towards a Nano-Structured Origami Heart Model
  • Jérôme Charmet, University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland (HE-Arc), Switzerland
    • Multiscale Liquid Biopsy
  • Laura Suter-Dick, School of Life Sciences, FHNW, Switzerland
    • Electrospun extracellular matrix scaffolds for neural regeneration
10:45 - 11:15Coffee Break & Exhibition Visit
11:15 - 11:45Güntherodt Lecture
Chair: Martino Poggio (University of Basel)

Eli Zeldov, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
Nanoscale thermal and magnetic imaging: Glimpse into dissipation in quantum systems down to atomic scale
11:45 - 12:45

Photonics Technologies
Chair: Michel Despont (CSEM)

Sergio Nicoletti, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
PIC platform for Sensing and Telecom application

  • Nicholas Güsken, Polariton Technologies, Rüschlikon, Switzerland
    • Enhancing Silicon Photonics: Plasmonic Terabit Modulation on the Micrometer Scale
  • Stefan Abel, Lumiphase AG, Rüschlikon, Switzerland
    • BTO PIC and its integration to CMOS
  • Amir Ghadimi, CSEM SA, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
    • Advanced LNOI PIC platform
  • Other speakers to be confirmed
12:45 - 14:00Lunch, Poster Session & Exhibition Visit
14:00 - 15:15Highlighting Women's Contributions in Nanoscience
Session Supported by NCCR Bio-inspired materials

Chairs: Katharina Mainura (Empa St Gallen) / Barbara Rothen-Rutishauser (Adolphe Merkle Institut, University Fribourg)
  • Begoña Abad, Department of Physics, University of Basel, Switzerland
    • Ultrafast coherent beams illuminate understanding of phonon transport
  • Géraldine Guex, AO Foundation, Davos, Switzerland
    • Sound and Electricity to Steer Cell Fate Decision
  • Kuljeet Kaur, Polymer laboratory, Institute of Materials, School of Engineering, (LP-IMX-STI) EPFL, Switzerland
    • Understanding interfacial properties of surface-grafted polymer assemblies
  • Nako Nakatsuka, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
    • Nanoscale DNA-gated biosensors to monitor chemical flux
15:15 - 15:45Coffee Break & Exhibition Visit
15:45 - 17:00Applied Projects in Swiss Landscap
Chairs: Jerry Krattiger (Direktor Wirtschaftsförderung Fribourg), Marcus Morstein (Hightech Zentrum Aargau)
  • Gioele Balestra, iPrint, HEIA-FR, HES-SO, Switzerland
    • Inkjet-based additive manufacturing of high-density ceramic parts
  • Simon MacKenzie, REGENHU, Switzerland
    • Revolutionizing Drug Discovery – microfluidics, organoids and 3D Bioprinting
  • Daniel Steitz, novoMOF AG, Switzerland
    • Process integration of the super-adsorbent of the 21st century: metal-organic frameworks for market-driven prototyping success.
  • Rolando Ferrini, FEMTOprint SA, Switzerland
    • Laser-based 3D printing: the new frontier of precision manufacturing for glass micro-devices.
17:00 - 18:30Poster Session with Aperitif
Kindly Sponsored by the Canton of Fribourg (PromFR) and The State Chancellery of Fribourg (CHA)
18:30Adjourn for the Day

Wednesday 6 July 2022

08:00Registration Opens
08:30 - 10:15

Bio-inspired Materials
Chairs: Ullrich Steiner (Adolphe Merkle Institut, University Fribourg), Ester Amstad (EPFL)

Eric R. Dufresne, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Living Droplets Get to Work

  • Jessica Clough, Adolphe Merkle Institute, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
    • Mechano-Imaging in Polymeric Materials: Molecular Mechanophores and Photonic Elastomers
  • Alessandro Ianiro, Adolphe Merkle Institute, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
    • Liquid-liquid phase separation during amphiphilic self-assembly
  • Ahmet Faik Demirörs, Complex Materials, Department of Materials, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
    • 3D Printing of Photonic Colloidal Glasses into Objects with Isotropic Structural Color
10:15 - 10:45Coffee & Exhibition Visit
10:45 - 11:30

Biotech at Nanoscale
Chairs: Yasin Ekinci (PSI), Nako Nakatsuka (ETH Zürich)

Roderick Lim, Biozentrum and the Swiss Nanoscience Institute, University of Basel, Switzerland
Nanomachines guard the cell nucleus

  • Simone Schuerle, Dep. of Health Sciences and Technology, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
    • Engineering micro-and nanorobots for drug delivery and local detection of pathological signals
  • Mahsa Shoaran , Integrated Neurotechnologies Laboratory, EPFL, Switzerland
    • Title to be confirmed
  • Ardemis A. Boghossian, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
    • A NanoBioengineering Frontier for Next-Generation Optical Devices
11:30 - 12:45Podium Discussion
Chairs: Ralf Kägi (EAWAG), Alke Fink (Adolphe Merkle Institut, University Fribourg)

  • Swiss Plastic Policy
  • Solutions for Sustainable Use

Topic Introductory Lecture
Thomas Gude, Swiss Quality Testing Services (SQTS)

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Thomas Bucheli (Agroscope)

  • Christoph Hueglin (Empa)

  • Christine Wiederkehr-Luther (Migros-Gruppe)

  • Matthias Egger (The Ocean Cleanup)

12:45 - 14:00Lunch, Poster Session & Exhibition Visit
14:00 - 15:15Quantum Computing
Chair: Dominik Zumbühl (Uni Basel)
  • Maud Vinet, CEA LETI, Grenoble
    • Quantum Silicon
  • Andrea Hofmann, University of Basel
    • A sub-millitesla hole spin qubit in planar Ge
  • Nico Hendrickx, IBM Research Zurich
    • Quantum computing with spins in germanium
  • Pasquale Scarlino, EPFL
    • Hybrid Circuit Quantum Electrodynamics with Semiconductor QDs and Superconducting Resonators
15:15 - 15:45Coffee & Exhibition Visit
15:45 - 16:30Awards Ceremony
Chairs: Barbara Rothen-Rutishauser (AMI, Swiss MNT President)
16:30 - 16:45Final Remarks
16:45Conference adjourns
Farewell Reception (light)


Forum Fribourg
Route du Lac 12, 1763 Granges-Paccot, Schweiz

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Forum Fribourg
Route du Lac 12
1763 Granges-Paccot

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 next / this year’s event at the Forum Fribourg from July 5 & 6, 2022. After two years of virtual conferences we plan to transition back to an in-person meeting and we are looking forward to seeing you in July in Fribourg.

Key topics of the conference include Nano for Medtec, life sciences, optics, quantum computing, and imaging and will discuss current developments in the field of micro-and nanoplastic in a podium discussion. 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.