Welcome to Nanoionics, part of the MESA+ Institute of Nanotechnology and of the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Twente, the Netherlands.

We are a recently founded, internationally oriented group, aiming to enhance the fundamental understanding of electrostatics and electron transfer in liquid and across the liquid/solid interface, and to explore new concepts for fluidic devices based on this new understanding.

Recent and current research topics include for example electrochemical detection of single molecules in nanofluidic devices, high frequency CMOS-based nanosensors, the nanophysics of ionic liquids, nanoscale electrocatalysis and electrochemical scanning probe methods.

Our experimental tools, which are largely dictated by the intrinsic nanometer scale of the systems that we study, include scanning probes, highly sensitive electronics, and lithography-based microfabrication.

Lorentz Center Workshop

Our workshop “understanding ionic liquids on different length and time scales” has been accepted and will take place from 20-24 February. The workshop aims to bridge the length and time scales between experiment, theory, and simulation, and to promote a vivid exchange of ideas between scientists from all three approaches. James Seddon (NI) is co-organiser. See here for more details.

FOM/DST grant

Our proposal “optimised energy harvest and storage using discrete electrolytes” has been accepted. This is to computationally investigate the behaviour of ionic liquids in nanoporous electrodes. The grant funds one PhD at Twente with James Seddon (NI) and Anthony Thornton (ET/MSM), one at Utrecht with Rene van Roij, and two at JNCASR (India) with Bala Sundaram.

Christmas 2016

This year the event was celebrated by making strikes. The bowling pins can be knocked down very easily!! See photos.

PhD graduation

On 23rd November 2016 we had another PhD graduation from our group. Jin Cui had his PhD defense on his thesis: Spatiotemporal Electrochemical Detection in Nanofluidic Devices. Congratulations Dr. Cui!! Click for more photos.

On 2nd November 2016 Sahana Sarkar had her PhD defense on her thesis entitled Unconventional Electrochemistry in Nanogap Transducers. Congratulations Dr. Sarkar!! More photo click here.