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.
25 Feb 2016 - Important step in understanding of light scattering
A team of researchers from the University of Twente and from Philips in the Netherlands has succeeded in taking an important step in understanding how light is scattered, absorbed and re-emitted in white light emitting diodes (LEDs). This breakthrough in research is relevant to everyday lighting applications, and is being published in the American magazine Journal of Applied Physics.
24 Feb 2016 - First images of the nano layer beneath a levitating droplet
Water droplets on a very hot plate don’t evaporate but levitate and move around: this is known as the Leidenfrost effect and it always guarantees beautiful images. For the first time, researchers of the Physics of Fluids group of the University of Twente (MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology) have made images of the tiny layer beneath the droplet, when it impacts on the surface. Thanks to this images, a more detailed explanation of the phenomenon is possible, the researchers conclude in their publication in Physical Review Letters.
19 Feb 2016 - Leen van Wijngaarden Prize 2015 for Prof. Dr. Jacco Snoeijer.
On 17 February 2016 Prof. Dr. Jacco Snoeijer (Physics of Fluids group UT & TU/e) was presented with the Leen van Wijngaarden Prize for his excellent work on the dynamics of wetting and moving contact lines.
17 Feb 2016 - Vici grant for Rob Lammertink
Rob Lammertink, Professor of Soft Matter, Fluidics and Interfaces (MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology) receives a 1.5 million euro ‘Vici’ grant from the The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Thanks to this grant, he will be able to do research on the behavior of liquids at surfaces and improve the performance of catalysts and membranes.