Laboratories & Equipment

The University of Twente has state-of-the-art facilities that offer many opportunities for collaboration in the field of research. For example, companies can enter into a collaboration with the UT for product research, testing in a wind tunnel or production in a controlled cleanroom environment.


Many companies have already found their way to the Nano Lab, one of the most advanced laboratories in the world for research on nano-scale. Everything here revolves around stability, control and safety. The Nano Lab has a cleanroom with a low-vibration floor, a Complex Oxide Materials system, a Transmission Electron Microscope and a Scanning Elektron Microscope, for example. More information can be found on the website of the Nano lab or directly from Gerard Roelofs, head of the Nano lab, via / +31 53 489 6773

Bionano lab

The Bio-Nano Laboratory, located in the Zuidhorst building, is intended for research on cell analysis, protein structures and membranes. The equipment with microscopic and spectroscopic technology is located in an air-conditioned room. In addition, there is a so-called ML-II laboratory with a cell analysis system. More information can be found on the website of the (Bio)Nano lab or directly from Gerard Roelofs, head of the (Bio)Nano lab, via / +31 53 489 6773.

Virtual Reality Lab

The Virtual Reality Lab is equipped with the latest technology for visualization and interaction. This is used to support decision-making in multidisciplinary design phases. The VR Lab is where you experience and assess future situations and products. The emphasis here is on visualizing the consequences of decisions. The facilities in the VR Lab will help to give an insight in mutual relationships and dependencies between various disciplines.

The VR Lab is put to intensive use in T-Xchange, the knowledge centre of the University of Twente and Thales. They use the lab for research into gaming systems and serious gaming and its use in solving social problems.

For more information, see the website of the VR-Lab. Contacts are Roy Damgrave and Eric Lutters.

Experimental Centre for Technical Medicine

The Experimental Centre for Technical Medicine (ECTM) is a centre for medical innovation, aimed at research and education in the field of technology and medicine. It educates students in Technical Medicine and provides training courses for a range of medical professionals. The ECTM has, among other things, an intensive care set-up (for training purposes) and an operating theatre with state-of-the-art (simulation) technology. Furthermore, the facilities are suitable for carrying out research on human subjects and for testing new medical technology.

For more information, see the website of the ECTM or contact the secretary's office via or +31 53 489 4757.

Supersonic Windtunnel

The department of Engineering Fluid Dynamics has access to various wind tunnels for aerodynamic and aeroacoustic research.

The ‘silent wind tunnel’ has an open test section measuring 0.9m x 0.7m in an anechoic chamber measuring 6m x6m x4m. With a maximum speed of 250 km/h, this tunnel is highly suited to measuring the aerodynamics and sound effects of wind turbine blades and applications relating to automotive technology (streamlining, sound effects of mirrors and spoilers, open roofs, etc.). Air flow can be visualized with smoke and videotechnology.

In the supersonic wind tunnel, speeds of up to 1.7 times the speed of sound can be achieved (circa 2,000 km/h). This wind tunnel is used for research on airflow instabilities caused by grooves in walls, the behaviour of a jet in a supersonic airflow and for validating theoretic models and calculation methods.

For more information: Prof. Kees Venner, tel 053 489 2488.


Engineers, designers and behavioural scientists work together in the Design Lab on innovative solutions for perceived problems. They are able to test their concept or prototype immediately, making use of, for example, a 3-D printer or a pair of virtual reality glasses. Research topics are not only provided by the research groups of the university, but also by companies, governments and social organizations.

For more information, see the website of the Design Lab or contact Miriam Iliohan (project leader) via / 06 5330 3761.

... within collaboration projects

For research collaboration with the ThermoPlastic Composite Research Center and the LEO-Center for Service Robotics, it is necessary to first become a member of the consortium.

ThermoPlastic Composite Research Cente

ThermoPlastic Composite Research Center (TPRC), a collaboration project between industrial parties (Boeing, TenCate, Stork Fokker) and the University of Twente, carries out research into thermoplastic composites. These lightweight materials are increasingly being put to use in the aviation and automotive industries. The laboratory of TPRC is located on the premises of the UT.

For more information, see

LEO-Center for Service Robotics

The LEO-Center for Service Robotics develops robot technology for the health care sector. This concerns computer-operated aids that can be used during operations, rehabilitation and other forms of provision of care. Applicability in practice is the key focus in the testing and development laboratories. LEO is a collaboration project between knowledge institutions and market parties.

For more information, see