4 Jun 2018 - NanoLabNL key partner in new initiative EuroNanoLab
In Europe, the academic strengths in nanofabrication are still too fragmented: there are at least seventy European university nanofabrication centers of large or medium size, which develop their know-how without any real coordination. Conscious of this dispersion, several European countries (Sweden, France, Norway and the Netherlands) have already created national networks of academic cleanrooms to foster collaboration at the national level. In the Netherlands, NanoLabNL is the national facility for nanotechnology research. Today, with four other countries (Spain, Portugal, Italy and the Czech Republic), these countries have created the EuroNanoLab consortium, which currently includes 26 academic clean rooms, representing a total value of 1.5 billion euros.
4 Jun 2018 - Enhancing 'breath figures' using electric fields
Breath figures are the typical condensation patterns we know from breathing on a cold surface. In physics, this term is used to describe dropwise condensation patterns. The evolution of these patterns and roll-off of droplets can be changed strongly under electric field effects ‘electrowetting’ - leading to higher heat transfer rates. Researchers of the University of Twente presented these findings in Physical Review Letters.
31 May 2018 - Virus detection using lifelike interaction
In order to detect an influenza virus successfully, even in small concentrations, you would like to know in what way the virus interacts with healthy cells. Researcher Mark Verheijden of the University of Twente succeeded in mimicking the cell surface on a sensor. In this way the virus is detected in a dynamic environment. This bio-inspired layer can also be used as a biocompatible coating for implants, for example.
30 May 2018 - NWO call for Dutch national Research Agenda
NWO has initiated a special funding instrument on 24 May as part of the Dutch National Research Agenda (NWA). For the NWA research program, 52.2 million euros have been reserved for the first financing round in 2018. In the call, consortia are invited to submit proposals. The UT's multidisciplinary and societally-driven research is very suited for this call.
30 May 2018 - Important step for two University of Twente-projects towards becoming FET Flagships
Two programs co-coordinated by scientists from the University of Twente have been selected for the second stage of the process for new EU Flagships for Future and Emerging Technologies (FET). The programs are Health EU, which aims to develop personalized human avatars to prevent and cure diseases, and Robotics Flagship, which aims to shape the robots of the future. The projects that will be selected to become FET Flagships at the end of the process will receive one billion euros in funding from the European Commission over a period of ten years.
17 May 2018 - Parkinson-related protein is 'tunable'
Fibrils of the protein α-synuclein, that plays a role in Parkinson’s disease, form a stiffer and stronger network in water when temperature is increased. Researchers of the University of Twente show that this has to do with the water-repellent part of the fibres coming to the surface and interacting. The mechanism could also play a role in the interaction with healthy cells. Researchers of the University of Twente publish about it in Physical Review Letters of May 17.
23 Apr 2018 - Julius Springer Prize 2018 for Guus Rijnders
The 2018 Julius Springer Prize for Applied Physics will be awarded to Guus Rijnders of the University of Twente in The Netherlands for his research on pulsed laser deposition (PLD). The award will be presented at the Magnus-Haus in Berlin, Germany on 5 October 2018, and will be accompanied by a public lecture given by the winner.
16 Apr 2018 - White LEDs can be more powerful and 'greener'
White LEDs drastically reduced energy consumption of light. But they still can be produced cheaper and in a more sustainable way, according to Maryna Meretska of the University of Twente. She wants to develop LEDs that emit more light while for their production, less phosphor is needed. For research on the M-White LED she proposes, she now gets the opportunity to go to Harvard University for two years. For this, she received a Rubicon grant of NWO, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research.
13 Mar 2018 - De Weijerhorst Foundation donates EUR 1.8 million for UT research
De Weijerhorst Foundation (Stichting de Weijerhorst) is donating EUR 1.8 million to the Twente University Fund for research at the University of Twente (UT) into cancer detection. The donation agreement was signed by the parties involved today. The researchers at the UT’s MESA+ research institute intend to use the money to develop a tiny chip-sized laboratory that should ultimately make it possible to detect various types of cancer in urine.
27 Feb 2018 - With Health EU, everyone will have an avatar to manage their health
In the future, will people have virtual twins to help monitor their health? That is what Health EU is proposing. This major project, led by a consortium headed by EPFL, is in the running to be a European Union FET Flagship project. If successful, it will receive €1 billion in financing over ten years.