Applied Physics

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At the University of Twente a number of different research groups participate in the three specializations offered in the Master’s programme in Applied Physics.


Five research groups at the University of Twente participate in the Applied Physics specialization in Optics & Biophysics. A brief description of these research groups is provided below.

Nano-BioPhysics (NBP) is a multidisciplinary research group operating at the interface of physics, chemistry, biology, and medicine.

Complex Photonic Systems (COPS) performs advanced research into the propagation and emission of light in complex nanophotonic metamaterials.

Biomolecular Electronic Structure (BES) is a computational research group in the field of electronic structure theory that focuses on the methodological development of accurate approaches for investigating the electronic properties of materials.

Laser Physics and Nonlinear Optics (LPNO) explores the physics and technology of nonlinear optical processes with an emphasis on nano-photonics. The research currently covers three main themes: nano-structured photonics, linear and nonlinear optics and extreme nonlinear optics.

Optical Sciences (OS) studies the interaction of light and matter at the nanoscale. The current focus is on the interaction of light with biomolecules and nanostructures.


Four University of Twente research groups participate in the Fluid Physics specialization. A brief description of these research groups is provided below.

Physics of Fluids (POF) studies various flow phenomena, in particular those related to bubbles. The group’s main research themes are Turbulence and Two-Phase Flow, Granular Flow, Micro- and Nanofluidics and Biomedical Application of Bubbles.

Physics of Complex Fluids (PCF) performs experimental research focusing on the properties of liquids on scales ranging from a few nanometres to many micrometres.

Nano-Ionics (NI) is a recently founded, internationally-oriented group conducting fundamental research into electrostatics and electron transfer in liquids, and simultaneously exploring new concepts for fluidic technologies based on this new understanding.

Computational BioPhysics (CBP) focuses on the relationship between the molecular constitution of a system and its thermodynamic and rheological properties, with a focus on biological systems.


Six University of Twente research groups participate in the Material Sciences specialization. A brief description of these research groups is provided below.

Interfaces and Correlated Electron Systems (ICE) focuses on materials and interfaces with unconventional electronic properties, especially related to interactions between mobile charge carriers.

Computational Materials Science (CMS) focuses on understanding the magnetic, optical, electrical and mechanical properties of condensed matter and the relationship of physical properties to chemical composition.

Physics of Interfaces and Nanomaterials (PIN)’s research field involves controlled preparation and understanding of interfaces, low-dimensional (nano)structures and nanomaterials. The group focuses on systems that rely on state-of-the art applications or can potentially lead to future applications.

Energy, Materials and Systems (EMS) focuses on sustainable energy, with the ambition of developing technologies, materials and systems that play a key role in our future energy chains.

Quantum Transport in Matter (QTM)’s research addresses quantum aspects of electronic transport in novel materials and devices.

Industrial Focus Group XUV Optics excels in gearing fundamental research to the specific questions and needs of science and industry. It specializes in manipulating light of extremely short wavelengths.

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