MESA+ Institute

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At MESA+, we believe in realising grand solutions with the extremely small. We contribute to solving current and future societal challenges. We do this by using our fascination with the extremely small. We bring societal challenges inside and use our fascination to work on innovative and sustainable solutions. We focus on societal challenges in four application areas: Health, AgriFood & Water, Security, and Energy & Sustainability.

With our research, we contribute to a fair, sustainable and digital society.

Ground-breaking research

Embracing a cross-disciplinary approach and benefiting from the MESA+ NanoLab, over 500 researchers deliver high quality, frequently ground-breaking research. MESA+ actively seeks collaboration with external partners providing an excellent setting for consortium formation. Next to our excellent scientists and facilities, we offer a strong regional ecosystem that creates the breeding ground to let ideas blossom and grow to relevant, successful solutions and businesses. 


Life as a PhD-student at MESA+

What is it like to be a PhD student at the MESA+ institute? Rosa Luca Bouwmeester's research focused on Topological insulators, a relatively new class of materials. ‘In close collaboration with other groups, we were able to think, and work, out of the box in order to take the research a decisive step further.’

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Signing Ceremony MESA+ en IIS

MESA+ and the Institute of Industrial Science of the University of Tokyo expressed a convergence of will. On Monday 5 October 2020, both parties signed a 5-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). “This agreement further strengthens the collaboration of both institutions”, says Prof Dr Albert van den Berg, scientific director of MESA+.

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Our NanoLab in 360°

MESA+ has a 1250 m2 state-of-the-art NanoLab which consists of a Cleanroom and Analysis facilities. Research on the nanometre scale needs a laboratory with extreme specifications. Any influencing effects from the environment, such as vibration and electromagnetic disturbances, are virtually non-existent. The environmental conditions inside the building are extremely stable. Discover our NanoLab in 360°!

MESA+ top publication: ‘ ‘Uniform line fillings’, Physical Review E

For determining the optical properties of new materials, researchers from the University of Twente wanted to measure the size of the holes in between chords in nano 'mikado boxes'. They now come up with a method using tiny moveable balls blowing up. This method is published in Physical Review E.


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A Grand Future with Small Nanostructures

Nanotechnology impacts many aspects of our lives. The Netherlands is a leading player in this exciting field. Key to safeguard this position is to keep engaging talent and develop our infrastructure network, organised in NanoLabNL. NanoLabNL provides an open-access infrastructure for R&D in nanotechnology. It combines facilities in Twente, Delft, Eindhoven, Groningen and Amsterdam. MESA+ chairs the NanoLabNL initiative.

The Eternal Life of Jan Mulder

Prof. Wilfred van der Wiel guides Dutch former footballer, writer, columnist, and TV personality Jan Mulder through the Twente Nanolab, and explains how the chips developed in the BRAINS center could help him on his quest for eternal life. Watch the episode at npostart.nl (in Dutch).

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