The Reliability Science and Technology lab is set to focus on the topic of nanoscale transport phenomena and will have a new head, Michel Calame. The private lecturer of Physics at the University of Basel will take over management of the department on 1 October 2016.
Michel Calame was born in Val-de-Travers, in the canton of Neuchâtel, and studied for a degree in physics at the University of Neuchâtel. He then worked as a PhD student in the field of superconducting thin films. After completing his dissertation, he spent six months as a research assistant at the Swiss Federal Office of Metrology (METAS) in Bern. Among other things, he looked at low temperature electronics for single-electron transistors while working there. Thanks to a grant for young researchers from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF), he moved to New York in 1999 to pursue post-doctoral research in the field of molecular biophysics at Rockefeller University. When he returned to Switzerland, he joined the University of Basel and focused on nanotechnology and molecular electronics there. Since 2011, Michel Calame has been Head of the Nanoscale Hybrid Electronic Systems research group there, which works with optoelectronic properties and biosensors.
Michel Calame was a member of the Board of the Mathematics, Astronomy and Physics Platform (MAP) of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (scnat) between 2007 and 2012. He received the venia docendi in physics from the University of Basel in 2011. Michel Calame is also a member of the management team of the Swiss Nanoscience Institute (SNI) at the University of Basel, where he pursues his research activities and also coordinates the SNI PhD programme, which has more than 30 doctoral candidates.
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