28 Sep 2016 - Prizes awarded at MESA+ Meeting
The annual MESA+ Meeting was held the 26th of September, 2016. Several prizes were awarded during the event, including the Dave Blank Outreach Award which went to Loes Segerink for multiplicity and diversity of her media performances.
26 Sep 2016 - Strategic Impulse for MESA+ research and application areas
Recently MESA+ invited her researchers to submit research ideas in the Strategic Stimulation Call 2016. In this call research initiatives are stimulated that contribute to the MESA+ long term strategy; strengthening the current multidisciplinary application areas ‘Unconventional electronics’, Early diagnostics & sensing’ and ‘Storage and conversion of renewable energy’, or explore possible new areas in research or application. The beneficiaries of the MESA+ strategic stimulations call were announced at the MESA+ Meeting on 26 September in Kinepolis, Enschede.
19 Sep 2016 - Succesful NETWORK EVENT ON OPEN INNOVATIONS IN MICRO- AND NANOTECHNOLOGY
On 14 September MESA+ and High Tech Factory organized a very successful network event on open innovations in micro- and nanotechnology.
16 Sep 2016 - Study on Impact of Nanotechnology published
The Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice is curious what impact to expect from emerging nanotechnologies for its safety and security partners such as the police, fire service, etc. For this reason, its Scientific Research and Documentation Centre (NL: Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek- en Documentatiecentrum , WODC) placed a call for an academic study, which was won by the UT. The final report, written in Dutch by Verena Schulze Greiving, Haico te Kulve, Kornelia Konrad ad Stefan Kuhlmann from the Science, Technology and Policy Studies (STePS) group together with Pepijn Pinkse from COPS, is now published here on the website of the ministry.
17 Aug 2016 - Tracing barnacle's footprints
Barnacle’s larvae leave behind tiny protein traces on a ship hull: but what is the type of protein and what is the protein-surface interaction? Conventional techniques can only identify dissolved proteins, and in large quantities. Using a modified type of an Atomic Force Microscope, scientists of the University of Twente in The Netherlands and A*STAR in Singapore, can now measure protein characteristics of even very small traces on a surface. They present the new technique in Nature Nanotechnology.
25 Jul 2016 - Novel design strategy for hydrogen generating molecular photocatalysts
An international collaboration coordinated by scientists at the University of Twente (TNW/MESA+) has resulted in a new design approach for hydrogen generating photocatalysts. The authors observed that violating the commonly accepted state-of-the-art design strategy strongly improves the hydrogen generation efficiency. The novel approach shows high promise for efficient direct conversion of sunlight into green fuel. The results are published in the leading journal Chemical Communications.
13 Jul 2016 - The 'Ouzo effect' under the magnifying glass
Pour some water into your glass of ouzo or pastis, and the beverage will change from transparent to milky: this is the well-known ‘Ouzo effect’. But what will happen if you simply place a drop of ouzo on a surface and wait? Scientists of University of Twente’s Physics of Fluids group have studied the phenomena taking place, using video and simulation. They distinguish four ‘life phases’ of the drop, occurring within no more than a quarter of an hour. The results are published in the July 15 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA (PNAS).
8 Jul 2016 - Optimal sperm cell traceable through temperature and caffeine
Scientists from the University of Twente have devised a technique to find the optimal sperm cell. The researchers have demonstrated that a single sperm starts moving its tail faster as the temperature rises, while this movement slows down when the environment becomes colder. Also, by adding a caffeine, the sperm cell starts moving differently. This application will help childless couples over time conceive with fertility treatments such as in vitro fertilisation.
8 Jul 2016 - Nanotechnology for food and water
Article in UT Nieuws: Nanotechnology for food and water.
Haico te Kulve is interviewed by UT Nieuws about his research. Text: Michaela Nesvarova Photo: Gijs van Ouwekerk
8 Jul 2016 - UT scientists develop brain-inspired memory material
Our brain does not work like a typical computer memory storing just ones and zeroes: thanks to a much larger variation in memory states, it can calculate faster consuming less energy. Scientists of the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology of the University of Twente (The Netherlands) now developed a ferro-electric material with a memory function resembling synapses and neurons in the brain, resulting in a multistate memory. They publish their results in this week’s Advanced Functional Materials.