24 Aug 2015 - Light tying knots in liquid crystal droplets
Nathalie Katsonis and her colleagues at UT Research Institute MESA+ have recently shown that light can create new structures in the form of liquid crystal droplets containing photosensitive molecular engines.
24 Aug 2015 - KNAW top visits the University of Twente
The president and the managing director of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), prof. José van Dijck and Mr. Mieke Zaanen, this week made an informal working visit to the University of Twente. Van Dijck and Zaanen, the successors to prof. Hans Clevers and Hans Chang, were introduced to the Twente education and research and were impressed by it.
19 Aug 2015 - Nomination of Alexander Brinkman for New Scientist Science Talent
UT professor Alexander Brinkman ranks among the top 25 for the election of New Scientist Science Talent 2015. This was announced by the scientific journal on 18 August. Brinkman is professor of Quantum Transport in Matter at the UT's research institute MESA+. He is described by New Scientist as a young, academic talent.
13 Aug 2015 - Unusual discovery in thin film magnetism
Researchers of the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology of the University of Twente have discovered an unusual magnetic effect in nanolayers of an oxide of lanthanum and manganese (LaMnO3). Joint work with colleagues from Singapore, the United States and Ireland revealed an abrupt magnetic transition brought about by the slightest change in thickness of the layer. Science magazine publishes the research findings this week.
7 Aug 2015 - Paper MESA+ researchers selected for Advance Online Publication (AOP) on Nature Nanotechnology's website
The paper ‘'Real-time imaging of microparticles and living cells with CMOS nanocapacitor arrays' has been selected for Advance Online Publication (AOP) on Nature Nanotechnology's website. Cecilia Laborde (NanoIonics group),one of the authors, gives an overview of the research in the article below.
7 Aug 2015 - MESA+ result on optical fiber properties chosen as image of the week by OSA
A movie with data from a recent publication from the MESA+ research group COPS was chosen by the OSA Publishing group as “image of the week” and is announced on the homepage of OSA Publishing. The movie shows the rotation of the speckle-like pattern behind a multimode fiber if a single illumination spot on the input is rotated. Obviously the pattern stays more or less invariant. This useful effect was recognized by the researchers as a new kind of memory effect. It can be exploited for non-invasive imaging or ultrafast high-resolution scanning through a multimode fiber. The results have been published on 28 July 2015 in the journal 'Optics Express’.
5 Aug 2015 - Surfing droplets in Nature Communications
Researchers from the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology at the University of Twente have succeeded in clearly identifying why droplets on soft, squishy surfaces react differently than on hard surfaces. A water droplet, for example, moves very differently over jelly than over glass, but the science of how this works has never been investigated. Better understanding of this phenomenon is of importance for a variety of applications where droplets come into contact with extremely soft, deformable materials, as is the case in 3D printing, soft contact lenses or sauces such as mayonnaise. The result was published in the renowned scientific journal Nature Communications.
15 Jul 2015 - UT continuing Zwarte Cross tradition
The Universitent will once again be pitched at the Zwarte Cross event in Lichtenvoorde on 24, 25 and 26 July. This year marks the nineteenth edition of the festival, and UT will once again treat visitors to lectures on nanotechnology, physics, climate change, robotics and other fascinating topics. The Universitent will have a new look and feel this year. It will once again be located in the theatre meadow, and all activities will be included in the Zwarte Cross theatre programme.
15 Jul 2015 - Secure pin transactions with photons
Criminals are very inventive when it comes to hacking payment terminals, bank cards, IDs or credit cards. Unfortunately for these malefactors, however, researchers at the University of Twente from research Institute MESA+ have now devised a solution that provides better protection to banks, businesses and consumers. UT awards researcher Bas Goorden a PhD for his work on developing a method to equip bank cards with secure ‘keys’ that are impossible to duplicate. He achieved this by cleverly combining the scattering of light with the quantum properties of photons. This UT research project was conducted in cooperation with Eindhoven University of Technology. It is in line with UT’s Vision2020 strategy, which includes Safety and Security as a key area of scientific endeavour.
6 Jul 2015 - Prof. Lohse appointed as External Member of the Max Planck Institute
Professor Dr. Detlef Lohse of the University of Twente (MESA+) in the Netherlands was appointed as External Member of the Göttingen Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organisation at the 66th Annual Meeting of the Max Planck Society in Berlin on 17th-18th June. At the same time he was appointed as Member of the Max Planck Society (MPG). The MPG hereby acknowledges the long-standing, intensive cooperation between the internationally-renowned physicist and the Max Planck Institute.