Unisers: successful graduation of the ETH Pioneer Fellowship program


Last week, five entrepreneurial teams graduated from the ETH Pioneer Fellowship program. They received certificates at the Pioneer Fellowship Certificate Ceremony. One of the teams was Nanotech-Startup Unisers.

A Pioneer Fellowship is awarded to one or two individuals intending to independently develop a highly innovative product or service to be exploited commercially and/or for the benefit of society on the basis of ETH Technology. Pioneer Fellows receive CHF 150 000 over 12 to 18 months, along with an extensive mentoring and training programme. Pioneer Fellows are hosted in the ieLab for the duration of the programme.

One of the six new graduates is the founder of Unisers Ali Altun. Unisers ‒ an abbreviation for “Universal Surface-Enhanced-Raman-Spectroscopy” ‒ is based on nanotechnology and Raman spectroscopy. The patented technology is the only known surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy method able to detect all non-volatile impurities, regardless of their chemical properties. Unisers can therefore analyse multiple different impurities in liquids in the same test. 

The sample preparation is non-chemical and amplifies the Raman signal of impurities by a factor of ~1,000,000, which in turn makes trace impurities detectable.  This is relevant for many industries, such as the semiconductor industry.