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Prof. dr. ing. Dave H.A. Blank
Chief Scientific Ambassador University of Twente

MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology

Inorganic Materials Science
Faculty Science & Technology

Room: NanoLab NL2001
T +31 53 489 2714

d.h.a.blank@utwente.nl

www.utwente.nl/mesaplus

www.utwente.nl/mesaplus/daveblank

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Personal details

Prof. dr. ing. Dave H.A. Blank

Male/female

Male

Date and place of birth

09-01-1953, Amsterdam

Nationality

Dutch

 

 

-Master's (‘Doctoraal’)

 

University/College

HTS Enschede

Date

July 1976

Main subject

Applied Physics

 

 

-Doctorate

 

University

University of Twente

Date

April 12, 1991

Supervisor

Prof. dr. Horst Rogalla

Title of thesis

High-Tc thin films prepared by laser ablation:

 

an experimental study

 

 

Work experience since graduating

1979-1982

Engineer at Low Temperature Division, University of Twente

subject: "Field-sweeping SQUID susceptometer in a dilution refrigerator"

1982-1987

Switched to the subject "reentrant superconductors"

1987-1991

Thesis work "High-Tc thin films prepared by laser ablation: an experimental study" April 12, 1991. Promotor: prof.dr. Horst Rogalla, co-promotor dr.ir. Jaap Flokstra

1992-1999

Assistant professor on materials science at Low Temperature Division, UTwente

1998

Visiting scientist at Stanford University,

Prof. Mac Beasley & Prof. Ted Geballe, Laboratory of Advanced Materials

2000-2002

Associate professor Applied Physics and program director of the strategic research orientation: Materials Science of Interfaces (MASIF) of the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology, University of Twente

Since 2003

Full professor Inorganic Materials Science of the Faculty Science and Technology of the University of Twente

2005-2007

Flagship captain NanoNed program on Nano Electronic Materials

2007-2015

Scientific Director MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology

Since 2010

Chairman Executive Board NanoNextNl, national programme on nanotechnology, FES 2010

Since 2012

Advisory Council for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (AWTI) of the Dutch government and parliament

Since 2015

University Professor University of Twente

Since 2015

Chief Scientific Ambassador University of Twente

 

 

Biography prof. dr. ing. Dave H.A. Blank

Dave H.A. Blank was born in 1953 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. He started his studies on the primary technical school (LTS), followed by the secondary technical school (MTS) and higher technical school (HTS). After his masters in Applied Physics, he received in 1991 his PhD in Physics from the University of Twente, Netherlands for his dissertation on High-Tc thin films prepared by laser ablation: an experimental study, under supervision of prof. dr. Horst Rogalla.

In 1992 he became assistant professor in Rogalla’s group. After a research fellowship at Stanford in the group of prof. Malcolm Beasley and prof. Theodore Geballe in 1998, he was appointed as associate professor and programme director on the materials science of interfaces in the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology at the University of Twente. Since October 2002 he is full professor in Inorganic Materials Science at the same university. From January 1, 2007 he is the Scientific Director of MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology, University of Twente. MESA+ host over 500 scientists with an annual budget over 50 MEuro.

The Inorganic Materials Science research group focuses on growth studies, deposition and structuring techniques, and properties of complex materials, especially oxides. The group developed strategies to build, in an atomic layer-by-layer fashion, inorganic materials by true atomic-deposition control and which thereby exhibit novel and unprecedented properties. His research is based in large part on inventing designer-inorganic (tailor-made) nanomaterials that are prepared by atomic precision. He has (co)authored over 300 papers in refereed journals, holds an h-index of 42, and supervised 34 PhD candidates.

Together with prof. Guus Rijnders the first time-resolved high pressure RHEED-system was developed, operating in-situ during pulsed laser deposition at high pressures up to 100 Pa. With this system several new growth phenomena have been observed, leading to new growth techniques of complex materials, like pulsed laser interval deposition. Furthermore, the systems can be used to study and realize block-by-block deposition of (artificial) complex materials. The latter has helped to create an entire new branch of science in inorganic materials which rests on the exact and precise control of atomic arrangements through building structures in a bottom-up fashion and having direct one-to-one, atomic-scale control of the constituting layers.

Many of his latest discoveries and contributions have enabled the synthesis of materials, allowing for practical applications in the fabrication of artificial high-temperature superconductors and ferroelectric superlattices. At this present time, many of the structures are being used in the fabrication of two-dimensional electron gasses in the field of interface engineering of complex oxide heterostructures. Nowadays, the field of study is considered as a key research area for future oxide device developments. These scientific achievements were honoured as one of the most remarkable scientific breakthroughs of 2007 (Science 318 (2007) 1844) by an expert scientific panel of jurists who valued the interface engineering in complex oxide heterostructures, which showed the ability to make novel combinations of oxides that can outperform semiconductor structures. Contributions in this field are reported in, e.g., Nature Mat. 5 (2006) 556, Nature Mat. 6 (2007) 493, Nature Mat. 7 (2008) 270, Adv. Mat. 21 (2009) 1665.

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In 2002 he was awarded with the VICI laureate of the Dutch Science Foundation for his work on artificial materials for nanoscale devices.

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In 2004 he became Flagship Captain of nano-electronic materials science of the NanoNed programme (Dutch initiative on nanotechnology). From 2007 on he is member of the board of governors of NanoNed.

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In December 2007 he became member of the Swedish Royal Academic of Science Gothenburg, nominated by Chalmers University.

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He was the author of the Strategic Research Agenda (2008) of the Netherlands Nano Initiative, as representative of NanoNed, FOM and STW.

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In 2009 he became chairman of the steering committee FES 2009 initiative High Tech Systems and Materials, with a total budget of 250 million Euro.

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From November 2010 on he is chairman of the executive Board of the FES programme, called NanoNextNl.

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In February 2011 he has been appointed as Captain of Science of the Topsector High Tech Systems and Materials by the Dutch Government.

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In 2011 he was awarded by STW to become Simon Stevin Meester 2011, for his achievements in technical sciences. The award comes with a prize of 500.000 Euro.

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In 2012 he was appointed Advisory Council for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (AWTI) that advises the Dutch government and parliament on policy in the areas of scientific research, technological development and innovation.

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In 2014 he was, together with prof. Guus Rijnders, granted with the FOM valorisation award.

He has given over 100 invited and plenary presentations, including presentations for broader audience, like Lowlands and Zwarte Cross open-air pop festivals.

Academic activities include:

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Madam Curie Fellow;

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Member of American and European Materials Research Society;

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Foreign Member of the Royal Society of Arts and Sciences, Gothenburg, Sweden;

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Co-chair of several MRS-Symposia;

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Scientific board of the International Workshop on Oxide Electronics;

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Board of delegates of European Materials Research Society;

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Member Supervisory Board of ROC Twente;

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Member of University of Birmingham Portfolio Partnership Steering Committee (EPSRC);

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Member Scientific Board Swedish Foundation of Strategic Research (SSF) OXIDE, Chalmers University;

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Member Advisory Board MaNEP, Swiss initiative on materials science in nanotechnology;

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Chairman Scientific Board MC2, Institute for Micro and Nanotechnology, Chalmers University, Sweden;

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Chairman of the scientific board of the FOM research programme ‘Nanoscience & Technology’(2006-2010);

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Chairman of the European Science Foundation programme THIOX on oxide thin films;

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Member of the NanoNed board of governors;

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Member Board of Commissioners of Medical Spectrum Twente (hospital in Enschede)

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Member of the Editorial Board of Applied Physics A;

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Co-founder and initiator of Advanced Technology, a multidisciplinary technical bachelor programme of the University of Twente;

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Lectures in material science for Applied Physics, Chemical Technology, Advanced Technology and Nanotechnology;

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Referent of several scientific journals, like Nature, Nature Material, Nature Nanotechnology, Advanced Materials, Applied Physics Letters;

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Chair and author of the NWO strategy document ‘Towards a multidisciplinary national nanoscience programme’ (2006);

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Author of the Strategic Research Agenda of the Nederlands NanoInitiatief (NNI) (2008) invited by Dutch government;

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Member (Captain of Science) of TopTeam in Topsector “High Tech Systems and Materials” appointed by the Minister of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands;

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Member of AcTI, Dutch Academy of Technology and Innovation;

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Member Advisory Council for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (AWT) that advises the Dutch government and parliament on policy in the areas of scientific research, technological development and innovation.

Besides his scientific work, he is very active in stimulating scholars to choose for science and technology. He has been chairman for 8 years of the university committee ‘centrale commissie studievoorlichting’, co-initiator of Advanced Technology, a multidisciplinary science & technology bachelor, started in 2004. He was involved with the establishment of the Student Union, University of Twente and for 5 years member of the supervisory board. He was involved with ‘Da Vinci’ a science programme on regional television. He had several performances on national television. He is speaker on different occasions to introduce the beauty of science, in particular nanotechnology. He was editor-in-chief of www.natuurkunde.nl and www.sciencespace.nl , both websites that helps students during their high school in solving physical problems. He has a number of activities that bridges science and art.

Other activities include:

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Founder of Faculty Club of University of Twente;

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Chairman of Science Café Enschede;

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Founder of Qua Art Qua Science, a foundation that bridges the gap and stimulates contacts between science and Art;

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Chairman of kunst in het Volkspark, a foundation that organizes a yearly open air art manifestation, visited by more than 25.000 people downtown Enschede;

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Chairman of Maatschappelijk Plein Twente, a foundation related with FC Twente that provides a social network for employment projects for (young) people and located at the soccer stadium;

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Chairman of NaNOcancer, a foundation that promotes new developments on early diagnostics of cancer;

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Several presentations for broad audience about superconductivity, materials science and nanotechnology (in average 25 per year);

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Several performances on national and regional television;

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Over 25 interviews in (inter)national journals and newspapers.

Awards

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FOM Valorisation Award 2014 for innovation of fundamental science

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“Ten Hag” performance award 2012 for his activities for East Netherlands;

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“Simon Stevin Meester” STW award 2011 for his achievements in applied sciences;

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Royal decoration (2010) Knighthood of the Order of the Dutch Lion;

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NWO-TOP-CW grant (2009);

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Foreign Member of the Royal Society of Arts and Sciences, Gothenburg, Sweden (2008);

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VICI laureate (2003) of NWO (Dutch Science Foundation);

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“Zilveren Haring” award 2007 for his initiatives to promote the region of Twente;

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Grant as visiting scientist in Stanford University (1998) of STW (Foundation on Technical Sciences) and Stanford University;

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honorary member Harambee, university volleyball club;

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honorary member Arago, association physics students, University of Twente;

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honorary member Student Union, University of Twente.

 

Patents and valorisation

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J.J. Broekmaat, F.J.G. Roesthuis, D.H.A. Blank, A.J.H.M. Rijnders, “Scanning Probe Microscope”, Patent no. PCT/EP2007/009168, (2007)

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Sah, H.L. Castricum, J. Vente, D.H.A. Blank, and J.E. ten Elshof, "Microporous molecular separation membrane with high hydrothermal stability", European Patent application EP 06100388.5 (2006)

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J. Broekmaat, F. Roesthuis, G. Rijnders, D.H.A. Blank, “side approach for ultra fast scanning”, PCT/EP2007/09168 (2006)

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T. van Gestel, H. Kruidhof, H.J.M. Bouwmeester, D.H.A. Blank, "Ceramic membrane, its preparation and use”, European Patent 05077536.0 (2005)

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Co-founder of TSST BV (Twente Solid State Technology), a company specialized in research equipment for thin film growth, like high pressure RHEED UHV-PLD systems. A number of systems are operational in leading laboratories, like Madison (Wisconsin), Augsburg, IBM (Zurich), Birmingham, Berkeley, Trondheim

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Co-founder of SolMateS BV (Solution in Material Science), a company specialized in thin film applications in nanotechnology. SolMateS is developing industrial systems, in particular for MEM and NEM decives

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Co-founder of ID4All (Ideas for All), a holding that stimulates initiatives on materials science and its applications