Research programs of the faculty cover a broad scope ranging from physics, chemistry, and nanotechnology to biomedical and health technologies. Our research is organized in clusters, assembling various complementary chairs on a scientific topic, and representing disciplinary strengths and scientific excellence. The clusters bring focus on content, quality, and success in both teaching and research. Central are the Principal Investigators who provide input for scientific development of the cluster together.

Applied Nanophotonics

The University of Twente houses a research effort in the optics area that is among the largest in The Netherlands. The cluster adresses nanooptical research questions together by joining their expertise. It continues to foster new research and develops new expertise in a few key areas. In Applied NanoPhotonics, the light of tomorrow is developed today!

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Bioengineering Technologies

The Bioengineering technologies cluster performs fundamental and applied research, including true translational research, for the development of innovative strategies to treat patients. This is achieved by application of state-of-the-art technologies at the interface of (stem) cell and molecular biology, biomaterials science, microfluidics, micro-engineering, and nanotechnology. Within the cluster, a stimulating entrepreneurial environment for research and teaching is created, through which significant contributions to the well-being of our society could be realised.

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Energy Materials and Systems

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Membrane Science and Technology

Already for decades, The University of Twente is globally recognized for its role in the area of Membrane Science and Technology. The 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. Academic results can be applied to various fields, such as energy efficient gas or organic solvent separation, drinking water production or (waste) water purification aiming at removing even the smallest micro pollutants. Part of the cluster is the European membrane Institute EMI, which has the mission to valorize the academic ideas and concepts towards industrial reality but also to support industrial organizations in their membrane activities by providing various services.

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Nanoelectronic Materials and Thin Films

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. Based on in-house established and marketed innovative thin film deposition technologies, films are grown for basic studies as well as for a suite of applications. The cluster holds strong ties with various high-tech research and development companies as Carl Zeiss SMT and ASML Research. In addition, this cluster houses advanced characterization facilities, such as low temperature scanning probe techniques and electron microscopy.

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Organic, Supramolecular and Polymer Chemistry
Physics Of Fluids

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Translational Physiology

Physiology deals with functions and processes of living organisms in normal and pathological conditions. The cluster “Translational Physiology” consists of various research groups that study normal and pathological human function in different subdomains, ranging from neurophysiology to cardiorespiratory and vascular physiology, working at the convergence of science, engineering and clinical medicine. A common goal is to develop novel techniques for diagnostics, therapeutics and education. Examples include the use of computational modelling and electroencephalography to predict neurological outcome in comatose patients (CNPH) to multidisciplinary design of a high performance acute care simulation environment for training and medical device testing (CRPH).

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