Inspire-U: Biggest nano challenges

Course Summary: Biggest nano challenges

Nanotechnology is at the base of an enormous amount of diverse applications. Think about chips of your mobile, new efficient solar panels or biomedical applications like lab-on-a-chip. In this course you will learn what nanotechnology implies, where the production and analysis are mainly important.

Biggest Nano Challenge - Course Leader
Bart van Eindhoven
InspireU Course Leader

Hi there! My name is Bart van Eindhoven and I am studying Chemical Engineering at the University of Twente. I am almost done with a board year as the treasurer of the study association for Chemical Engineering students. In my spare time, I like to play water polo. Furthermore I have given three different masterclasses for pre-u, related to Nanotechnology.

The thing I like the about the course I am going to give you guys is the amount of practical work and the combination of a chemical process at Nano scale and a physical application. We are going to have a great week, I’m sure!

Koen Schildkamp
InspireU course leader


This course is about ‘nanotechnology’ and is one of the key research themes at the University of Twente. Over 500 researchers are active in this field. They focus on key enabling technologies – nanotechnology, photonics, micro- and nano-electronics, biomolecular and polymer science, advanced materials, lab-on-chip, microfluidics – and exciting new cross-overs. The bachelor studies that are partly or exclusively concerned with nanotechnology are Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Applied Physics.

Detailed course overview

Part 1 - Preparation production chip

Explanation about the production process and the design of the mask

Part 2 - Issues

What is possible with nanotechnology?

Part 3 - Production of the chip

Etching and developing your own chip in the lab

Part 4 - Analysis of the chip

Testing and measuring your own chip

Part 5 - Present

Present your scientific research and the results of your measurements

Course aim

  • You will develop and analyze a chip.
  • You will learn how to deliver an effective presentation.
  • You will apply the concepts AFM and STM in different situations and you are able to estimate when which method is most relevant.
  • You will create a detailed log about the development and analysis of a produced chip.
  • You will understand the importance of nanotechnology in current science.

Course details:

  • Methods: Interactive lectures, tutorials, group work
  • Course level: Intermediate
  • Target group: High school students preparing for a bachelor’s programme at an University (minimum age of 15 years) with an interest in nanotechnology
  • Required knowledge: Basic understanding of physics

Course speaker

Mark Huijben Prof, Dr.
MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology

The global energy demand could be met many times over with renewable sources like sun, wind, water, tides, geothermal or biomass. However it is still inefficient and often too expensive to take over significant parts of the energy supply. Furthermore, current storage of renewable energy lacks the capability to process the required large volumes. Nanotechnology exhibits the unique potential for decisive technological breakthroughs, which has been successfully applied for various innovative solutions in the energy sector. The research in the group of Prof. Huijben is focused on the study of novel nanostructured oxide thin films with special structural and advanced functional properties at the incorporated interfaces. The aim is to develop new materials towards improved energy applications, such as solid-state batteries and thermoelectric energy generators.

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