2 Feb 2016 - €93k grant for University of Twente spin-off LipoCoat
LipoCoat, a new University of Twente spin-off company, will receive a grant worth €93,000 from NanoNextNL. The company has developed and patented an extremely thin coating that prevents contaminants from sticking to the surface of medical devices such as contact lenses and catheters. Its initial focus is a coating for contacts to prevent irritated eyes. LipoCoat plans to use the NanoNextNL ‘Valorisation Grant’ to further develop a prototype and to prepare a wear study among contact lens users.
1 Feb 2016 - World famous polymer expert Visiting Professor
Top scientist Prof. Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, University Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, will join the 3TU research programme for High Tech Materials (3TU.HTM) as a distinguished visiting professor. He invented a technique that plays a decisive role in the controlled fabrication of tailor-made polymers. In a lecture on February 5 at the University of Twente, he will present this technology and its applications. The UT visit is hosted by the polymer group of his colleague Prof. Julius Vancso (MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology).
29 Jan 2016 - First Double Degree in Nanotechnology
The first graduate of the Double Degree Nanotechnology, offered by the University of Twente and Lodz University of Technology is Beata Nagórniewicz from Poland. Both universities are members of the European consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU) and they jointly developed a nanotechnology programme.
29 Jan 2016 - Super-sharp images through thin optical fibres
Super-sharp images from within the human body made through tiny endoscopes have come a step closer to reality thanks to joint research by scientists from the University of Twente's MESA+ research institute, the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL), FOM and Carl Zeiss AG. An advanced wavefront shaping method developed at the UT combined with unique optical fibres from MPL make it possible to focus lensless light at an unparalleled resolution. FOM postdoc Dr Lyubov Amitonova and her colleagues published their findings on 29 January in Optics Letters, the leading journal of the Optical Society of America.
20 Jan 2016 - BioNanoLab Vouchers for nine research projects
On January 18 2016, MESA+ awarded the first round of BioNanoLab Vouchers to nine research projects. The vouchers entitle holders to perform the proposed research at a 50% rate for use of the facilities, giving them the opportunity to get acquainted with the advanced and powerful facilities in an accessible way.
15 Jan 2016 - Rubicon Grant for Claas Willem Visser
A Rubicon grant of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) will enable UT scientist dr. Claas Willem Visser to do research at Harvard University for a period of two years. The postdoc from Detlef Lohse’s Physics of Fluids group (MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology) will investigate 3D printing techniques for other materials than the common plastics. An exciting step will be 3D printing of living cells.
11 Jan 2016 - One million euros for UT research into flu virus
Professor Jurriaan Huskens of University of Twente research institute MESA+ has been awarded two grants with a collective value of one million euros for two fundamental research projects into the influenza virus. The aim of the research projects is to provide insights into which strains of the influenza virus can easily pass from animals to humans. The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded UT a TOP grant worth €780,000 and VolkswagenStiftung has made available funding for the amount of €225,000.
6 Jan 2016 - Spooky interference at a distance
Nanotechnologists at the University of Twente research institute MESA+ have discovered a new fundamental property of electrical currents in very small metal circuits. They show how electrons can spread out over the circuit like waves and cause interference effects at places where no electrical current is driven. The geometry of the circuit plays a key role in this so called nonlocal effect. The interference is a direct consequence of the quantum mechanical wave character of electrons and the specific geometry of the circuit. For designers of quantum computers it is an effect to take account of. The results are published in the British journal Scientific Reports.
21 Dec 2015 - Twente high-tech companies make transition to 5G possible
The nanotechnology companies Solmates, LioniX and Satrax together will receive a grand total of 1.6 million euros from the European Union for the development of energy-efficient micro light switches for the telecoms sector. These switches are necessary to allow the transition from 4G to the much faster 5G network. The light switches that are being developed by the three University of Twente spin-off companies will be one million times more energy-efficient and much faster than existing technology. These companies say the high-tech ecosystem in the area around the University of Twente research institute MESA+ and Kennispark Twente make this development possible. “There is a whole innovation chain here, within a radius of several hundred metres.”
10 Dec 2015 - NanoNext Board grants valorisation of unique Extreme UV source optimizer