Novel Nano Materials

programme leadership

For other chairs involved in the programme in Novel Nano Materials, have a look at the involved research groups.

Professor Zandvliet

Harold Zandvliet (1963) was born in Haarlem, but grew up in the northern part of the Netherlands. He earned a MSc degree in Applied Physics at the University of Twente (at that time “Technische Hogeschool Twente”) in 1986 followed by a PhD in condensed matter physics in 1990. He subsequently joined Philips Research, where he worked in a team that developed and built one of the first scanning tunnelling microscopes in the Netherlands. In 1992 he returned to the University of Twente.

Currently Harold Zandvliet is the coordinator of the graduate programme “Novel Nano Materials”. This graduate programme focuses on the exceptional materials properties that are at the heart of many modern technologies. To optimize properties for given applications, it is very important to understand and control the materials from the atomic to the macroscopic scale. In addition to the intrinsic properties of the materials, of particular interest are the physical and chemical properties of surfaces and interfaces and more generally, of materials in reduced dimensions. These often differ qualitatively from the corresponding bulk properties. Active control of artificial structures, such as multilayers and nanostructures, opens unparalleled and practically inexhaustible opportunities for tailoring properties of new materials.

Novel Nano Materials covers the entire spectrum, ranging from a basic understanding of the relationship between physical properties, structure and chemical composition of (structured) materials, through strategies to control material on nanometer scales towards the development of devices with novel, pre‐designed functionalities. All aspects of the various perspectives are addressed in lectures discussing systematic trends in the physics and chemistry of a number of classes of materials, current developments and novel advanced materials.