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29 Sep 2014 - Creating nanostructures using simple stamps Nanostructures of virtually any possible shape can now be made using a combination of techniques developed by the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology of the University of Twente. Especially the unique properties of so-called perovskites can be exploited further: their crystal structure is not influenced by the process. The UT scientists present their findings in the journal Advanced Functional Materials. 25 Sep 2014 - Poster Award winners at MESA+ Annual Meeting 2014 On Monday September 22nd, the annual meeting of MESA+ institute for Nanotechnology was held in Cinestar Enschede. This symposium gives an overview of activities within MESA+, among which their collaboration in various fundamental and applied research projects and programs. Over the past year, MESA+ published over 450 scientific publications, 60 PhDs graduated, and over 15.000 MESA+ articles have been cited. The annual meeting also hosts the David Reinhoudt Poster Award. 24 Sep 2014 - A prison for photons in a diamond-like photonic crystal Scientists from the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology at the University of Twente in the Netherlands have designed a novel type of reso­nant cavity that serves as a prison for photons. The cavity confines light in all three dimensions in space inside a photonic crystal. The crystals have a struc­ture similar to how atoms are arranged in diamond gems. Confining photons has many applications in optics (efficient miniature lasers and LEDs), communication technology (on-chip storage bits of information), and even in life sciences (tiny, yet sensitive sensors of phar­maceutical materials). The results appear in the leading journal Physical Review B that is published by the American Physical Society (APS). 18 Sep 2014 - Improved Understanding of Light Absorption for Enhanced Solar Cell Efficiency The Computational Sciences for Energy Research (CSER) pro­gram that is funded by Royal Dutch Shell, and administered by FOM, has granted a new project to the MACS and COPS chairs of MESA+. The project aims to obtain a breakthrough in the 3D model­ing of the absorption of interfering light in solar cells. 1 Aug 2014 - Explaining the shape of freezing droplets A single drop falling onto a freezing surface has a much greater impact than a mere drop in the ocean: it freezes into a strange pointed shape. Together with co-workers from Paris, Brussels and Munich, researchers at the University of Twente (MESA+, Physics of Fluids) worked out how this shape is created, using video images and mathematical models. 29 Jul 2014 - Veni voor Ruchi Bansal, Arnoud den Boer en Mathieu Odijk Drie UT-onderzoekers zijn in de prijzen gevallen bij de toekenning van de Veni-subsidies door de Nederlandse organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO): Ruchi Bansal, Arnoud den Boer en Mathieu Odijk. Drie jaar lang kunnen zij hun eigen koers uitzetten.  29 Jul 2014 - Universitent in trek op Zwarte Cross 'Alles kump goed', de spreuk dit jaar op de achttiende editie van het Zwarte Cross festival. Een uitspraak waar de wetenschap in zekere zin graag aan bijdraagt, maar daar is dan wel een hoop kennis voor nodig. Bezoekers op het festival in Lichtenvoorde konden een kijkje nemen in de wetenschappelijke keuken 18 Jul 2014 - Arsenaal aan lab-technieken groeit Het klonteren van het eiwit α-synucleïne, speelt een hoofdrol bij het ontstaan van de ziekte van Parkinson. In 2009 kreeg prof. dr. Mireille Claessens van de Nanobiophysics Groep een Vidi-subsidie. Daarmee startte zij haar eigen onderzoekslijn om de fysische eigenschappen hiervan te onderzoeken.