On 25 september, this year’s MESA+ Meeting was held at the Kinepolis cinema in Enschede. The annual meeting is a symposium meant to showcase various projects and programs of the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology and improve cooperation between different research groups. The event’s programme included lectures by researchers from MESA+ as well as internationally renowned scientists, networking sessions and a poster competition.
After a word of welcome from prof. dr. Thom Palstra, rector magnificus of the University of Twente, lectures were given by prof. Takuzo Aida from the university of Tokyo and prof. Christophe Clanet from LadHyX in Paris. In the afternoon, prof. Kevin Plaxco from the University of California presented his research. Presentations about the research in the different research areas and themes that scientists at MESA+ focus on were given during parallel sessions in the morning and the afternoon.
Throughout the day, 65 posters from all different research groups at MESA+ were presented and discussed in the main hall. The group with the best poster was awarded this year’s David Reinhoudt poster award, named after MESA+’s first scientific director. The winners were Daniel Monteiro Cunha, Ron Hendriks, Chris Vos, Deepak Singh and Mark Huijben with their poster presentation of their research into nanoscale mapping of electrochemistry for enhanced solid state batteries. The second place was won by Vera Smulders, Bastian Mel and Guido Mul for their poster about correlating electrode mass to charge transferred during electrochemical chromium deposition, better known as ‘the case of the missing electron’, while the third place went to Davood Baratian, Ranabir Dey, Harmen Hoek, Dirk van den Ende and Frieder Mugele for their poster about breath figures under electrowetting.
This year’s Dave Blank Outreach Award, consisting of €1.000 to be spend on outreach activities, was given to Wouter Vijselaar of the Molecular NanoFabrication group. The jury of the Dave Blank Award decided to award the prize to Wouter Vijselaar because of his exceptional dedication to the popularisation of nanotechnology, especially among students at both high schools and the university.
The Business Development Award was awarded to Kaihuan Zhang, Mark Hempenius and Julius Vancso for their poster on redox-active poly(ferrocenylsilane)s as responsive materials. They received the award because their poster displayed the possible impact and application of their research the best.
The prize for the second quarter’s picture award was also awarded at the MESA+ meeting. It was claimed by Amin Fakhree for his picture of glucose and fructose chrystals under a microscope.
For a photo impression of 2017’s MESA+ meeting, see the picture gallery.