Welcome to the new website of the association MaNEP Switzerland! It is intended to become a primary information and communication platform for all members of the MaNEP Switzerland Network as well as interested non-member visitors. The public pages showcase scientific achievements, networking events, schools, workshops and public outreach initiatives. They are further designed as a gateway for industry to valorize the competences and advanced infrastructure of the Network through collaborations. A member only restricted access intranet is under development. In addition to a complete directory, it will facilitate the sharing of research interests, technical facilities, materials, samples and many more practical information members will find useful – stay tuned.

A regular newsletter will inform about the Network activities and achievements. We have made the editorial choice to fully embed the newsletter into the website to offer an interactive reading experience. In this issue, you will read that Thierry Giamarchi has been elected to the French Academy of Sciences and nominated APS Fellow and Johan Chang received the European Lewy-Bertaut Prize 2013 – congratulations to both. Congratulations also to Iris Crassee, Jill Guyonnet and Baptiste Hildebrand for their best PhD and Master Thesis awards. In July 2013, the corner stone of the new SwissFEL was laid at PSI, a facility that will offer fascinating new research opportunities. We unfortunately also have to report very sad news with the passing away in quick succession of Øystein Fischer and Markus Büttiker, two distinguished and very active members who are dearly missed.

Several events are announced for 2014, including a topical meeting on 2D transition metal dichalcogenides and contributions the 2014 Swiss Physical Society meeting programme. Proposals for MaNEP Switzerland sponsored topical meetings and small workshops are welcome. Applications are open for internships and exchange student, two programs which used to be very popular among Master students during the NCCR MaNEP. 

As of today, MaNEP Switzerland counts 47 full and 114 associate members. We look forward to many more scientists and researchers joining the association to build a strong network in the area of novel quantum materials and devices.

I wish you a pleasant reading of the newsletter and I hope the MaNEP Switzerland website will develop into an appreciated platform, contributing to an open and dynamic network.

Christoph Renner

(photo credit L.Windels/UNIGE)

What's going on in the Network

Laying of the corner stone for the New large-scale research facility SwissFEL at PSI

This past summer, the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) laid the corner stone for its new large-scale research facility called SwissFEL. This event was attended by 130 guests from politics, science and industry.Thanks to SwissFEL, researchers ...
(photo credit: F. Reiser/PSI)

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Øystein Håkon Fischer founder of the NCCR MaNEP

Øystein Håkon Fischer
founder of the NCCR MaNEP

(March 9, 1942 – September 19, 2013)

Prof. Øystein Fischer, Honorary Professor at the University of Geneva, initiator and founding Director of the Swiss National Center of Competence in Research MaNEP - Materials with novel electronic properties - dedicated to exploring electronic materials of the future, passed away on 19 September 2013 at the age of 71. Øystein Fischer was born on ...
(photo credit L.Windels/UNIGE)

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Markus Büttiker

Markus Büttiker

(July 18, 1950 – October 4, 2013)

Markus Büttiker, professor at the Department of Theoretical Physics at the University of Geneva passed away in the morning of October 4, 2013 at the age of 63. In 1974, Markus Büttiker obtained his degree in theoretical physics ...

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Discoveries and Innovations

A thermoelectric materials emulator

Converting heat directly into power represents a potential major source of renewable energy. An international group of physicists recently accomplished an experiment with cold atoms trapped by lasers at ETHZ which simulates this physical phenomenon. The theoretical predictions were made at the University of Geneva, École Polytechnique and Collège de France in Paris, and ...
(photo credit D. Stadler/ ETHZ)

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Electrons with a "split personality"

Researchers from the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) have been investigating interactions of the electrons responsible for conducting electricity in the high-temperature superconductor La1.77Sr0.23CuO4  above the transition temperature. These experiments at the PSI revealed that electrons have a "split personality"... 

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In the Spotlight - research & industry

Spotlight on a fruitful collaboration between UNIGE and
GF AgieCharmilles 

…“The work with MaNEP is an excellent example of a successful collaboration in a fast changing environment. Besides bringing excellence and expertise in research, the partnership with MaNEP has the advantage of proximity, access to leading-edge resources, and flexibility to cooperate with our R&D teams in the best way, in order to respond to sophisticated requests from our customers and to pressure from competition”…,  says Roberto Perez, Head of applied research innovation, GF AgieCharmilles.

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Development of new material with Sécheron SA

Within the framework of the NCCR-MICS, the transfer projects for economic stimulus launched in November 2012 by the NSF, the University of Geneva and Sécheron SA work on the development of novel environmentally friendly materials for high-power contact applications.

The project “Novel nanocomposite materials with low ecological impact for high-current contact applications”, led by Enrico Giannini, ...

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Who got published ?

Discover MaNEP Network's researches and innovations through some publications highlights published between June and December 2013. 

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Events - The place to be

MaNEP workshop at the SPS meeting

MaNEP Switzerland Network is organizing a workshop on materials with novel electronic properties at the next SPS annual meeting 2014, to be held in Fribourg, Switzerland from June 30 to July 2, 2014. 
The deadline for abstract submission is...

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PSI summer school on condensed matter research

Registration for the 13th PSI Summer School on Condensed Matter Research is open. The topic of the 2014 School is "Exploring time, energy and length scales in condensed matter". The school is taking place from 9 to 15 August at the ...

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SUPRA100 at the Galerie Eurêka, Chambéry, France

After Geneva in 2011 and Neuchâtel in 2013, SUPRA100, the art & science travelling exhibition initiated by MaNEP and dedicated to superconductivity, pursues its way with a planned exhibition at the Galerie Eurêka in Chambéry, France, from ...
(photo credit L. Windels/UNIGE)

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TEP-CH conference at Empa

This year, the conference took place at Empa (Dübendorf) from the 16th to the 19th of September (2013). More than 50 participants coming from 11 different countries contributed with oral and/or poster presentations. The conference was a testimony of worldwide activity in the field of ...

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