18 Nov 2015 - Twente discovery provides new opportunities for chips
Scientists at the University of Twente's MESA+ research institute have developed a new manufacturing method to create three-dimensional nanostructures. This revolutionary method enables large-scale production of photonic crystals that can capture light. The discovery also makes it possible to produce chips with additional functions for mobile devices, computers and other applications. The researchers’ findings was published today in Nanotechnology, the leading journal of the British Institute of Physics.
16 Nov 2015 - Twente researchers develop flexo-electric nanomaterial
Researchers at the University of Twente's MESA+ research institute, together with researchers from several other knowledge institutions, have developed a ‘flexo-electric’ nanomaterial. The material has built-in mechanical tension that changes shape when you apply electrical voltage, or that generates electricity if you change its shape. In an article published in the leading scientific journal Nature Nanotechnology, the researchers also show that the thinner you make the material, the stronger this flexo-electric effect becomes. Professor Guus Rijnders, who was involved in the research, describes this as a completely new field of knowledge with some interesting applications. You could use the material to recharge a pacemaker inside the human body, for example, or to make highly sensitive sensors.
10 Nov 2015 - University of Twente and Saxion join forces for microtechnology and nanotechnology
The University of Twente and Saxion are to work together more closely on microtechnology and nanotechnology. By joining forces, the two knowledge institutions hope to accelerate innovation, increase students’ transfer and progression opportunities, utilise the available facilities more efficiently and provide extra stimulus for entrepreneurship, among other things. All these efforts should result in a growing sector of microtechnology and nanotechnology-based products and services ‘made in Twente’. On 9 November, members of the Executive Boards of both knowledge institutions will sign a partnership agreement as the basis for collaboration in the areas of education, research, infrastructure and valorisation activities.
5 Nov 2015 - Five years of the NanoLab at the University of Twente in ten figures
On 5 November 2010, King Willem-Alexander (who was still a Prince at the time) wrote ‘I declare the MESA+ NanoLab open' on a human hair. Since that day, the largest nanotechnology research facility in the Netherlands has been a reality. This week, NanoLab is celebrating its fifth anniversary on the University of Twente campus. Over the past five years, the lab has vaporized five kilogrammes of gold, conducted 120,000 hours of research, cleaned 20,000 suits and published 2000 scientific articles. Here we take a look at five years of the NanoLab in ten figures.
19 Oct 2015 - Nine innovative nanotechnology companies receive NanoLabNL- voucher
NanoLabNL – a partnership involving research institutions in the field of nanotechnology infrastructure – has issued vouchers to enable new industrial users to access the NanoLabNL facilities for the fifth time.
8 Oct 2015 - Poster award winners at MESA+ annual meeting
On Monday September 28th 2015, the annual meeting of MESA+ institute for Nanotechnology was held in Cinestar Enschede. The symposium gave an overview of activities within MESA+, among which sessions on early diagnostics of diseases, unconventional electronic, storage of renewable energy and science for security. The annual meeting also hosts the David Reinhoudt Poster Award.
6 Oct 2015 - From waste stream to sustainable fuel
Many industrial processes produce large quantities of waste water containing all kinds of chemicals. These contaminated water streams can be used to produce hydrogen gas with help of catalysts without vaporizing the water. However, the conversion of the available chemicals into hydrogen is a difficult process, and in order to make it efficient, a detailed understanding of the chemical reactions taking place on the surface of the catalyst is required. A device, designed by Kamila Koichumanova from UT research institute MESA+, can supply important new information about this process. It enables scientists to observe what happens at the catalyst surface during the reaction in liquid water, so that they are able to improve the catalyst and the conditions of the reaction. Koichumanova will obtain her doctoral degree for her research at the University of Twente on 7 October.
1 Oct 2015 - Printable electronics thanks to contactless liquid deposition
Scientists of research institute MESA+ of Twente University have developed a technology for contactless deposition of liquids at nanoscale. In doing so, they make use of an electric field. Their technology will lead to new 3D-applications and can be of great value to, for example, cell research, nano-lithography and printable electronics. The findings of the Twente-based Mesoscale Chemical Systems Department have recently been published in the academic journal Applied Physics Letters.
29 Sep 2015 - UT desalination chip should increase efficiency of medicine development
Susan Roelofs, researcher with the UT research institutes MESA+ and MIRA, has developed a chip that should support the faster and cheaper marketing of new medicines. Her chip should make sure that the pharmaceutical industry can improve the analysis preparation of solutions containing candicate compounds for potential medicine. The chip removes the salt from the solution so that the solution can be analyzed. By scaling down an existing desalination technique to a chip it should be possible to strongly reduce the necessary amount of liquid containing the (expensive) potential medicine compounds. Roelofs will be awarded a doctorate for this research on 30 September at the University of Twente. Next she will research in a technical and financial feasibility research what possibilities there are to market the desalination chip.
21 Sep 2015 - Darwin on a Chip
of the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology and the CTIT Institute for ICT Research
at the University of Twente in The Netherlands have demonstrated working electronic
circuits that have been produced in a radically new way, using methods that
resemble Darwinian evolution.