At the University of Twente a number of different research groups participate in the five focus areas represented in the Master’s programme in Applied Physics.

Physics of fluids

The Physics of Fluids cluster features one research group:

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.

Nanoelectric materials

The following research groups focus on Nanoelectric Materials: 

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.

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.

Computational Chemical Physics (CCP) focuses on the theory and simulation of physical phenomena which span very wide spacial and dynamical scales, from photoexcitations of electrons to the dynamics of structure formation of biomolecular systems. 

Inorganic Materials Science (IMS) is devoted to thin film growth studies, (nano)structuring techniques, and properties of complex materials, in particular oxides. Its research field is focussed on thin films with modified properties by doping or by artificial layered structures and superstructures.  

Applied nanophotonics

The following research groups focus on Applied Nanophotonics:

Laser Physics and Nonlinear Optics (LPNO) explores the physics and technology of nonlinear optical processes with an emphasis on nanophotonics. 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.

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

Biomedical Photonic Imaging (BMPI) investigates the use of light for medical purposes. The current focus in on developing optical and hybrid optical-acoustical technologies for medical diagnosis, in particular in the fields of oncology and wound healing.  

Soft matter

The following research groups focus on Soft Matter: 

Bioelectronics (BE) aims to enhance the fundamental understanding of electrostatics and electron transfer in liquid and across the liquid/solid interface, and to explore new concepts for applied fluidic devices based on this new understanding.    

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

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

Energy materials and systems

The Energy Materials and Systems cluster features one research group:

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.

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