24 May 2016 - Grant for needle-free injection
Every year, the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities awards a grant from the Pieter Langerhuizen Lambertuszoon Fonds. Of the thirteen applications submitted, the jury decided that David Fernandez Rivas’ proposal was the best. Dr Fernandez Rivas is a researcher at the University of Twente’s MESA+ research institute. Accordingly, Dr Fernandez Rivas will receive the sum of 15 thousand euros for the development of a needle-free injection method. He is working on an accessible and inexpensive device that can inject medication into the body directly through the skin, using a tiny jet of liquid.
23 May 2016 - Solmates’ PLD machine enables MESA+ to take a step in the direction of industry
The University of Twente’s MESA+ research institute has purchased an advanced Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) machine from its research partner, the spin-off company Solmates. This device opens the door to the creation of new materials and chips (or individual chip components), which are constructed as a series of layers, each just one atom thick. The new machine will enable MESA+ to further strengthen its position relative to industry. This is because MESA+ NanoLab’s numerous researchers and external users will, from now on, be able to work on an industrial scale. As a result, new scientific knowledge in the areas of unconventional electronics and advanced materials will be more accessible, as well as more suitable for practical application at an earlier stage.
20 May 2016 - Four 'Vidi' grants for UT scientists
Four UT scientists receive a ‘Vidi’ grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO): Wiebe de Vis, Sarthak Misra, Richard Stevens and Ivo Vellekoop. The 800,000 euro grant will enable them to start an innovative line of research and form a research group of their own.
12 May 2016 - Quantum physics inside a drop of paint
Inside a drop of paint, light is scattered so often that it seems impossible to demonstrate quantum effects. But despite the thousands of possible paths the light can take, like a drunk person inside a labyrinth, researchers of the University of Twente now show that there are just two exits. Depending on the light pattern that enters the paint, two photons always come out through the same exit, or through different ones – as though they avoid each other. The scientists of UT’s MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology publish about these remarkable findings in the Physical Review A journal.
22 Apr 2016 - UT spinoff Solmates secures key order for its PLD equipment
Solmates, high tech spinoff of the University of Twente, has received an important and high profile order for its Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) equipment from world–leading nanoelectronics research center imec in Leuven.
22 Apr 2016 - Manipulating light inside an opaque layer
Light propagating in a layer of scattering nanoparticles, shows the principles of diffusion - like tea particles in hot water. The deeper light is penetrating into the layer, the lower the energy density. Scientists of University of Twente’s Complex Photonics Group, however, manage to turn this falling diffusion curve into a rising one, by manipulating the incident light. More light energy inside an opaque layer is the result, which could lead to solar cells or LED’s with better yields. The results are published in New Journal of Physics.
6 Apr 2016 - Same-day doctorates for married couple at University of Twente
They say the couple that plays together stays together, but what about the couple that works together? Hoon Suk Rho and Yoonsun Yang are not only happily married but also teamed up to carry out research at the University of Twente. This week they defend the dissertations that they hope will bring them their coveted doctorates. Theirs is an interdisciplinary marriage that spans two UT research institutes – MIRA and MESA + – and that is geared towards producing relevant technology.
18 Mar 2016 - Nano plates for solar fuels
Solar fuels, clean fuels from sunlight, water and CO2, form an attractive way of storing solar energy in hydrogen or hydrocarbons, for example. The efficiency of this technology still needs a ‘boost’. Researcher Kasper Wenderich of the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology of the University of Twente, developed special nano plates with platinum particles on them, accelerating the chemical conversion. During his research, he discovered why the effect of these particles is less than commonly expected. Wenderich defends his PhD thesis on March 18.
9 Mar 2016 - Researchers at the University of Twente develop highly efficient hollow copper electrodes
Scientists at the University of Twente research institute MESA+ have developed an electrode in the form of a hollow porous copper fibre which is able to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into carbon monoxide (CO) extremely efficiently. In principle the invention enables a wide variety of industrial processes, for example in the steel industry, to be made more sustainable. The researchers have applied for a patent on their invention, and their research results have been published in the scientific journal Nature Communications.
7 Mar 2016 - Nanotechnologists at UT make orientation of magnetism adjustable in new materials
Nanotechnologists at the UT research institute MESA+ are now able to create materials in which they can influence and precisely control the orientation of the magnetism at will. An interlayer just 0.4 nanometres thick is the key to this success. The materials present a range of interesting possibilities, such as a new way of creating computer memory as well as spintronics applications – a new form of electronics that works on the basis of magnetism instead of electricity. The research was published today in the leading scientific journal Nature Materials.