Research in advanced Inorganic Materials

The research group Inorganic Materials Science of the Faculty Science and Technology of the University of Twente is involved in different aspects of the science and technology of inorganic materials.
The research is focussed on the following activities:

Nanoelectronic Materials


The general objective of the chair NanoElectronic Materials (NEM) is the research in new inorganic materials for applications in nanotechnology, and to improve the existing ones. The research is based on current trends in nanomaterials science and developments within MESA+: controlled growth of materials, control of their structure, and understanding of the structure-property relations. Read more

Physics Of Complex Inorganic Nano-Materials


The research in the IMS workgroup headed by dr. Gertjan Koster focuses on three areas: manipulated oxide thin film growth and modelingoxide thin film meso materials and in situ spectroscopy. The research is centered on the COMAT system; a UHV pulsed laser deposition (PLD) system with in situ spectroscopies and imaging techniques (XPS, UPS, XPD, STM, AFM, PFM). Read more

Chemistry of Inorganic & Hybrid Nanomaterials

This workgroup is focused on the development and functional characterization of new inorganic and hybrid (nano)materials and nanostructures including 2-dimensional nanomaterials by chemical synthesis methods. Applications of these materials are found in energy storage and related applications, such as electrodes for lithium and sodium batteries, supercapacitors, and materials for heat storage systems. Read more

Nanomaterials for Energy Conversion and Storage


The research 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. Read more

Optoelectronic Materials 

The research focusses on the fabrication, design and understanding of novel materials that will match specific application requirements in solar cells and other advanced optoelectronic devices. We use a combination of fundamental material studies, thin film deposition techniques, combinatorial growth and characterization techniques to build a deep understanding of the relations between structural, compositional, optical and electrical properties to optimize and functionalize new optoelectronic materials. Read more

Photonic Materials for Light-Energy Conversion

The group led by Dr. Rebecca Saive is developing photonic materials systems that enable new applications and enhanced performance for light-energy conversion. Guided by computational optical and device modeling, we develop novel designs and architectures that we bring to reality through state-of-the-art nanotechnology. Our research finds application in photovoltaic (solar cell) power plants, solar-to-fuel devices and in novel nanodevices.  Read more

Electrochemical thin films and interfaces

In the group headed by Chris Baeumer, we investigate electrochemical materials for energy conversion, such as electrocatalysts for water splitting to generate green hydrogen. Our central approach is to fabricate electrocatalyst model systems and new materials with well-defined and improved surface and interface properties. We develop and employ new operando spectroscopy tools to understand the details of electrochemical reactions at the solid/liquid interface and derive design rules for more efficient electrocatalysts to support the energy transition through clean energy storage and sustainable synthesis of chemicals. Read more