Chemical & Process Engineering

Overview Chemical Engineering research groups

There are 13 research groups at the UT offering chemical Master’s assignments. Some of these groups are especially interesting for students of a certain track (M&ME of C&PE), while others are interesting for both tracks. It must be noted that if a group is especially interested in students of one track, it doesn’t mean that students of the other track cannot do a Master’s assignment at that group. However, more elective courses will probably have to be followed in agreement with the research group. You can also try to find a Master’s assignment at a research group that is not listed below, but remember that the Board of Examiners of the ChE Master programme still has to approve your assignment.

Below you can find an overview of the 13 research groups. You can also visit the site of each group for more info.

  1. Biomaterials Science and Technology
  2. Biomolecular NanoTechnology
  3. BIOS Lab-on-a-chip
  4. Catalytic Processes and Materials
  5. Inorganic Materials Science
  6. Inorganic Membranes
  7. Materials Science and Technology of Polymers
  8. Membrane Science and Technology
  9. Mesoscale Chemical Systems
  10. Molecular NanoFabrication
  11. Photo Catalytic Synthesis
  12. Soft Matter, Fluidics & Interfaces
  13. Sustainable Process Technology


Most research groups mentioned above are part of a research institute. In the field of (bio)chemical engineering, two research institutes are active: MESA+ and MIRA.

MESA+: institute for nanotechnology

MESA+ is one of the world’s largest nanotechnology research institutes; and it’s the largest research institute in this field in the Netherlands. A total of 525 researchers work together on cutting-edge research at the highest level.

MESA+ boasts a state-of-the-art NanoLab with a floor area of 1250 square metres. The fact that its users are offered a wide variety of technologies and equipment to develop an almost unlimited number of applications makes the MESA+ NanoLab quite unique.

MESA+ actively seeks collaboration with industry and encourages entrepreneurship among its employees. This has led to the institute being the birthplace of as many as 50 high-tech spin-off companies that market developed technologies and thus make them available to the community. Through collaboration and a focus on interdisciplinary research, the excellent infrastructure and entrepreneurship, MESA+ is one of the world’s top institutes in the field of nano and microtechnology.

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MIRA: institute for biomedical technology and technical medicine

Technological science is the catalyst for innovation in healthcare. MIRA combines fundamental and applied research with clinical practice. This unique scientific path stimulates a successful application of fundamental concepts and enables healthcare to rapidly introduce new treatments. MIRA works closely with hospitals, the business community and governmental organizations, aiming to secure its leading position in Europe.

A multidisciplinary approach enables MIRA to make innovative contributions across a wide spectrum within healthcare. MIRA’s research will result into the development of new techniques to repair damaged tissue, such as bone and skin. It helps to create drugs that are targeted in their effects and enables doctors to diagnose more effectively through the use of improved imaging techniques. Furthermore, MIRA offers patient-focused solutions in rehabilitation technology.

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