Nanotechnology research groups

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As an academic field in its own right, nanotechnology has only come to fruition within the past twenty years. Thus, it is a relatively new academic field with endless potential. Some of this potential has already been proven substantially in the fields of health, sustainability and ITC, but there is still so much to explore. That’s why this Master’s in Nanotechnology has a strong research component. You might find new ways of application that have not been discovered yet!

The close ties this Master’s has with the MESA+ institute enables you to discover the full potential of nanoscience and nanoengineering. You get access to the NanoLab cleanroom, which is one of the largest ones in Europe and you follow lectures of top professors that are part of MESA+. On top of that, you finish your Master’s with your final master’s project. You execute this research project at one of the research groups related to MESA+.

research groups

Below you find a list of research groups related to MESA+, categorised into different research areas.

  • Solid State Matter

    Interfaces and Correlated Electron Systems (ICE)

    ICE focuses on materials and interfaces with unconventional electronic properties, especially related to interactions between mobile charge carriers.

    Inorganic Material Science (IMS)

    IMS focuses on thin films with modified properties by means of doping of artificial layered structures and superstructures.

    NanoElectronics (NE)

    The field of nanoelectronics comprises the study of the electronic and magnetic properties of systems with critical dimensions in the nanoregime.

    Optical Sciences (OS)

    OS studies the interaction of light and matter at the nanoscale.

    Physics of Interfaces and Nanomaterials (PIN)

    PIN’s research involves controlled preparation and understanding of interfaces, low-dimensional (nano)structures and nanomaterials.

    Industrial Focus Group XUV

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

  • Molecular Matter

    Biomolecular NanoTechnology (BNT)

    BNT uses biology as a guiding principle in the design of self-assembled, multifunctional and responsive materials in which biomolecules or bio-inspired architectures are used as building blocks.

    Biomaterials Science and Technology (BST)

    BST conducts research on (resorbable) polymeric materials and structures for use in medical devices and in the delivery of relevant biologically active compounds, (bio)artificial organs, cell-material interactions and tissue engineering.

    Molecular Nanofabrication (MnF)

    MnF focuses on using techniques such as microcontact printing, (dip-pen) lithography and macromolecular chemistry to build larger 2D and 3D structures with novel surface properties. 

    Nano-BioPhysics (NBP)

    NBP is a multidisciplinary research group operating at the interfaces of physics, chemistry, biology and medicine.

  • Soft Matter & Interfaces

    Materials Science and Technology of Polymers (MTP)

    MTP focuses on a range of topics which centre on macromolecular nanotechnology and nanostructured molecular and macromolecular materials.

    Bioelectronics (BE)

    BE conducts fundamental research on electrostatics and electron transfer in liquid, and simultaneously explores new concepts for fluidic technologies based on this new understanding.

    Physics of Complex Fluids (PCF)

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

    Soft Matter, Fluidics and Interfaces (SFI)

    The research of the SFI group is directed at interfacial phenomena and processes that are relevant for mass and heat transport.

  • Devices & Systems

    BIOS Lab-on-a-Chip group

    The BIOS Lab-on-a-Chip group is geared towards the research and development of Lab-on-a-Chip (LOC) systems.

    Integrated Devices and Systems (IDS)

    IDS focuses on improving microchips. They study new materials, new device concepts and new characterisation techniques, with the aim of contributing to the advancement of silicon circuit technology.

    Mesoscale Chemical Systems (MCS)

    MCS studies the behaviour and control of fluids, including miscible and immiscible liquids, gases and two-phase gas-liquid systems and of the chemical species contained in these fluids in a confined environment and, more specifically, near plain, nanostructured and/or reactive surfaces and interfaces.

Besides the research groups mentioned above, there are more groups connected to the MESA+ institute. Below you can find a list of all groups that are connected to the institute:

  • Other research groups

    Catalytic Processes and Materials (CPM)

    CPM’s work aims to bridge the gap between new discoveries in heterogeneous catalytic reactions and materials on the one hand and their application in practical processes on the other hand.

    Computational Chemical Physics Group (CCP)

    CCP 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.

    Complex Photonic Systems (COPS)

    COPS performs advanced research on the propagation and emission of light in complex nanophotonic metamaterials.

    Computational Materials Science (CMS)

    The CMS group focuses on understanding the relationship between the magnetic, optical, electrical and mechanical properties of condensed matter and its chemical composition and atomic structure.

    Inorganic Membranes

    IM research encompasses both macroscale and microscale phenomena in the development of new membrane materials, a better fundamental understanding of transport mechanisms and the design of membrane processes and membrane reactors.

    Laser Physics and Nonlinear Optics (LPNO)

    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.

    Mathematics of Computational Science

    The chair of Mathematics of Computational Science is part of the Applied Analysis and Computational Science (AACS) research programme, which is concerned with the thorough integration of mathematical modelling, applied analysis and numerical methods.

    Membrane Science & Technology (MST)

    MST focuses on the separation of molecular mixtures and selective mass transport.

    Multi Scale Mechanics (MSM)

    MSM deals with fluids and solids, particles and their contacts, granular materials and powders, micro-fluid systems, self-healing materials and a variety of multi-scale theory and modelling approaches.

    PhotoCatalytic Synthesis (PCS)

    The research activities of PCS target the development of innovative materials and concepts to produce high-efficiency photocatalytic reactions.

    Physics of Fluids (POF)

    POF is studying various flow phenomena, in particular those related to bubbles. Their main research areas are Turbulence and Two-Phase Flow, Granular Flow, Micro and Nanofluidics and Biomedical Application of Bubbles.

    Quantum Transport in Matter (QTM)

    QTM’s research addresses quantum aspects of electronic transport in novel materials and devices.

    Science, Technology and Policy Studies (STəPS)

    STəPS takes the assessment and governance of innovations and emerging technologies as the central theme of its teaching and research.

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