The research of the Mesocale Chemical Systems (MCS) chair, headed by Han Gardeniers, originates from the group's unique expertise in micro and nanofabrication, backed by the outstanding experimental facilities of MESA+ NanoLab.
Focal points in the research are:
- the development of 3D nanostructures for solar to electricity to chemical conversion
- microreactors as a means of chemical process intensification (sonochemistry, high pressure, electricity-driven)
- miniaturized analytical tools and MEMS-based sensors for a variety of application fields (forensics, health, environment, chemical process control).
- microfluidic systems for life science applications (e.g. drug delivery)
The research of the MCS team can be summarized by these 3 activities:
- Structure materials in 3 dimensions down to the nanometer scale
- Manage fluids at the mesoscale*
- Engineer microsystems with integrated functionality
*In physics and chemistry the mesoscopic scale is the length scale at which one can reasonably discuss material properties or phenomena without having to discuss individual atom behaviour.
The group is a very active user of the NanoLab clean room facilities and collaborates with many of the groups participating in the nanotechnology research institute MESA+, in particular with microfluidics colleagues in the group Soft Matter, Fluidics and Interfaces (SFI) lead by Rob Lammertink, photocatalysis colleagues in the group Photo-catalytic Fuel Synthesis (PCS) headed by Guido Mul, and nanofabrication colleagues in the group Molecular Nanofabrication headed by Jurriaan Huskens.
In the near future the MCS group will be part of the research cluster Catalysis & Process Engineering, which besides MCS will consist of the groups Catalytic Processes & Materials (CPM) Photo-catalytic Fuel Synthesis (PCS), and Sustainable Process Technology (SPT).