The University covers a wide range of activities in Materials research organized and steered by faculties and institutes.
- Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Within the Electrical Engineering cluster most materials research is done within the BIOS lab-on-a-chip group, Nano Electronics, and Integrated Devices and Systems groups. Focus is on materials development for functional devices for use in ICT (beyond Moore, sensors and actuators), Sustainability (Energy conversion) and Health (sensing, lab and organ on chip)
- Faculty of Science & Technology
Several clusters within this faculty are involved in the Materials programme.
The NanoElectronic Materials and Thin Films cluster at the University of Twente is the main place in The Netherlands for advanced thin film growth and the study of nanoelectronic materials, especially of inorganic materials.
The Membrane Science and Technology cluster covers a diverse set of expertises in any research area within the membrane value chain: ranging from transport phenomena, surface chemistry, (polymer, inorganic and hybrid) membrane development, new applications up to process design.
With the Applied NanoPhotonics cluster, the University of Twente houses a research effort in the optics area that is among the largest in The Netherlands. The cluster addresses nano-optics research questions together by joining their expertise.
The Bioengineering technologies cluster performs fundamental and applied research, including true translational research, for the development of innovative strategies to treat patients.
Further materials research is found in the clusters organic, supramolecular and polymer chemistry, process and catalysis engineering, soft matter and Energy materials and systems.
- Faculty of Engineering Technology
There are several ET groups active in the field of materials.
The Production Technology group of Remko Akkerman is active in the field of (thermoplastic) composites (Leon Govaert) as well as additive manufacturing of metals (Ton Bor). The group is closely related to the TPRC (Thermoplastic Composites Research Centre) which has a large number of industrial partners.
The Nonlinear Solid Mechanics group of Ton van den Boogaard is focusing on the modelling of forming processes. The Surface Technology and Tribology of Dick Schipper is also strongly active in the field of materials. These three groups are part of the Mechanics of solids surfaces and systems department (headed by Schipper) within ET.
The Elastomer Technology and Engineering group of Anke Blume has a great track record in the niche field of elastomers. There are strong links to tire manufacturer Apollo Vredestein a.o.
The department of Thermal and Fluids Engineering headed by Gerrit Brem is also active in the field of materials, especially materials capable of heat storage are under investigation, with a strong link to sustainability as well.
The groups of Kees Venner and Stefan Lüding are involved in the Centre for Soft Metamaterials via Claas Willem Visser and Vanessa Magnanimo respectively (see below). Further connection can be made to Design Production and Management (Tom Vaneker, 3D printing, set up of website for 3D printing UT wide).
- Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences
Through the research strand Ethics & Technology, the possible and plausible impact of new technologies, is investigated in relation to the societal impact of such technologies, for instance by Responsible Research and Innovation in Business and Industry. Further connection to materials is in the research line Science in Practice, which concentrates on the way expectations guide technological design in everyday laboratory practice.
- Faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation
Connection to the program is to be expected within the theme of materials analysis. ITC has various tools at their disposal within their geo-analysis labs.
- ThermoPlastic composites Research Center
The ThermoPlastic composites Research Center (TPRC) is an open innovation, research- and development center that aims for thermoplastic composites for a broad range of end use markets. By bringing together all actors in the value chain, TPRC effectively identifies, analyzes and overcomes the technological barriers that hinder large scale application of thermoplastic composites. The involvement of the value chain as a whole prevents point solutions and accelerates innovation. TPRC is renowned as a world-leading authority and is seen as an outstanding knowledge partner with unique knowhow on the processing of thermoplastic composites. Combined with our state-of-the-art production and research facilities, we are the natural partner to advance your composites technology.
- MESA+ NanoLab
The MESA+ Nanolab facilities play a crucial role in the MESA+ research programs on materials, fluidics, optics and devices, as well as in public private partnerships and commercialization strategy. The MESA+ research programs are directly related to the national research program NanoNextNL. In NanoNextNL the importance of a national facility has been acknowledged, and a major part of the effort and the accompanying budget is dedicated to NanoLabNL, which has the aim to build up, maintain and provide a coherent and accessible high-level, state-of-the-art infra-structure for nanotechnological research and innovation in the Netherlands. NanoLab NL is about national cohesion in infrastructure, access, and tariff structure.
NanoLab plays a central part in collaborations with industry. MESA+ has a strong relationship with industry, both through joint research projects with the larger multinational companies, and through a cooperation policy focused on small and medium- sized enterprises.
MESA+ has a 1250 m2 state-of-the-art NanoLab which consists analysis facilities and the cleanroom. Research on the nanometre scale needs a laboratory with extreme specifications, and NanoLab is constructed such to meet these high standards. Any influencing effects from the environment, such as vibration and electromagnetic disturbances, are virtually non-existent. The environmental conditions inside the building, such as temperature, humidity and the influence of light are extremely stable.
For the production of larger series, companies involved in nano- and micro-technology can contact the High Tech Factory, which is also located on the university campus
- Photon Delta/PITC
The Photon Delta initiative brings industry and universities together to foster the Photonic Integration technology into new and emerging markets. In a cooperative effort from Eindhoven, Twente, Nijmegen and Delft, this initiative aligns Dutch efforts in photonic chip technology, enabling the Netherlands to punch above its weight. The focus is to bring photonic chip technology developed in the Netherlands into an industrial ecosystem of companies able to address markets across the full scope of societal challenges, developing the necessary skills for design, processing, packaging and commercialization. This Photonic Integration Technology Center provides the focal point, leveraging the international reputations for Dutch researchers in integrated photonics, and enabling the Netherlands to become a hotspot for Photonic Integration. The initiative is supported by Dutch and European industry players, the universities, and regional governments. Photon Delta is also a key-enabling technology-related Digital Innovation Hub covering Europe and operating from a base in the South-Netherlands region. Since September 2017, we have been one of the two lead regions in the establishment of the European Photonics Alliance.
The European Membrane Institute (EMI) Twente conducts research on behalf of industrial clients spread around the world. The Institute was founded in 1995 and has since completed some 400 projects for more than 160 companies in over 20 countries.
The EMI team comprises highly experienced membrane technology experts who between them can claim over one hundred years of research experience. Moreover, they are in close contact with over 60 colleagues and the 7 research groups of the Membrane Science and Technology (MST) cluster at the University of Twente.
- Mesa+ PiezoMEMS Center
The MESA+ Piezo MEMS Center is a one-stop shop for parties interested in conducting research based on piezo MEMS. Piezoelectricity is one of the main actuation mechanism in MEMS devices, next to electrostatic or magnetic actuation. Piezoelectric actuation allows low voltages and low-power operation, robust mechanical design. Also sensing functionality can be integrated easily. The market for PiezoMEMS has reached a tipping-point. A number of products are released on the market recently, that could benefit from the integration of piezoelectric materials, such as receiver (micro speaker) for hearing aids, microphone, for smartphone and smart home applications, inkjet printheads, micro mirror for LIDAR and projectors, smart mirrors for EUV lithography microfluidic pumps and valves, energy scavengers, electronic nose, and nanomechanical biosensors. At the moment, there are many collaborations and public-private partnerships with industrial partners, amongst others, Zeiss, Canon (OCE), Bronckhorst, Philips etc. Fraunhofer IMS has shown interest in the PiezoMEMS activities. It is expected that in the next years new initiatives and collaborations will start. The center builds on more than 15 years of experience at the University of Twente and the MESA+ Nanolab.
- Center for Soft Metamaterials (initiative)
Metamaterials are a new class of materials with special properties that originate from their structure. Applications can be found in noise reduction, vibration damping and cooling panels. Soft metamaterials are an even more recent development of this class of materials that are deformable and can therefore for instance be applied as coatings. Four young talented scientists from the faculties ET and TNW have joined forces to establish the Center of Soft Metamaterials. Expertise in theory, simulation, design, manufacture and various applications are brought together to establish a world class research center in this emerging field.