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MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology

The research groups involved in the Master’s programme in Nanotechnology are closely related to the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology. MESA+ is one of the world’s leading nanotechnology research institutes. With access to world-class academic expertise in many fields, the institute benefits from an unusually high degree of interdisciplinary synergy. The results are evident in numerous publications as well as in various high profile achievements, e.g. in our four main application areas:

  • Unconventional Electronics
  • Storage and Conversion of Renewable Energy
  • Science for Security
  • Early Diagnostics of Diseases

Core Research groups

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 Materials Science (IMS): IMS focuses on thin films with modified properties by means of doping or artificial layered structures and superstructures.

NanoElectronics (NE): NE performs research and provides education in the field of nanoelectronics, which 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 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.

Molecular Matter

Biomolecular NanoTechnology (BNT): The goal of BNT is to use 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) 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

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.

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.

NanoIonics (NI): NI is a recently founded, internationally oriented group conducting fundamental research on electrostatics and electron transfer in liquid, and simultaneously exploring 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.

Mesoscale Chemical Systems (MCS): The aim of MCS research is to study 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.

Semiconductor Components (SC): SC focuses on improving microchips. They study new materials, new device concepts and new characterization techniques, with the aim of contributing to the advancement of silicon circuit technology.


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

Biomolecular Electronic Structure (BES): 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.

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.

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

Computational Materials Science (CMS): The research of 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.

The Film in Fluids (FIF) group focuses on three main interrelated research themes: thin films synthesis, in-situ membrane (film) characterization, inorganic hollow fibres.

Inorganic Membranes (IM): 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.

Integrated Optical MicroSystems (IOMS): The research activities of the IOMS group focus on microscale and nanoscale integrated optical devices. They include novel materials, structures, and optical phenomena, along with device design, realization, and characterization, and applications in optical sensing and communication.

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 (MTG): MTG 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.

Transducers Science and Technology (TST): TST specializes in three-dimensional nano- and microfabrication based on top-down lithography methods.

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