Mesa+ - NanoLab
30 Sep 2016 - Scale-up facility for microfluidic systems
The University of Twente, Saxion University of Applied Sciences and four high tech companies are combining forces to increase the production capacity for microfluidic systems. As part of this pilot line project (“proeftuin”), they are improving access for SMEs to their facilities, including the MESA+ NanoLab and High tech Factory. Moreover, four concrete demonstrators to suit a range of applications will be developed, including a micropipette and micro needle.
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.
9 Jun 2016 - NanoLabNL boosts quality of research facilities as Dutch Toekomstfonds invests firmly
NanoLabNL will invest firmly in its research facilities in the coming years. This week, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs confirmed a financial contribution to the activities of NanoLabNL, as part of the so-called Toekomstfonds (Future Fund). The Dutch national facility for nanotechnological research will use the acquired resources to stimulate the development of proof-of-concepts, demonstrators and small scale production.
23 May 2016 - Solmates’ PLD machine enables MESA+ to take a step in the direction of industry
The University of Twente’s MESA+ research institute has purchased an advanced Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) machine from its research partner, the spin-off company Solmates. This device opens the door to the creation of new materials and chips (or individual chip components), which are constructed as a series of layers, each just one atom thick. The new machine will enable MESA+ to further strengthen its position relative to industry. This is because MESA+ NanoLab’s numerous researchers and external users will, from now on, be able to work on an industrial scale. As a result, new scientific knowledge in the areas of unconventional electronics and advanced materials will be more accessible, as well as more suitable for practical application at an earlier stage.
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.
20 Jan 2016 - BioNanoLab Vouchers for nine research projects
On January 18 2016, MESA+ awarded the first round of BioNanoLab Vouchers to nine research projects. The vouchers entitle holders to perform the proposed research at a 50% rate for use of the facilities, giving them the opportunity to get acquainted with the advanced and powerful facilities in an accessible way.
16 Nov 2015 - Twente researchers develop flexo-electric nanomaterial
Researchers at the University of Twente's MESA+ research institute, together with researchers from several other knowledge institutions, have developed a ‘flexo-electric’ nanomaterial. The material has built-in mechanical tension that changes shape when you apply electrical voltage, or that generates electricity if you change its shape. In an article published in the leading scientific journal Nature Nanotechnology, the researchers also show that the thinner you make the material, the stronger this flexo-electric effect becomes. Professor Guus Rijnders, who was involved in the research, describes this as a completely new field of knowledge with some interesting applications. You could use the material to recharge a pacemaker inside the human body, for example, or to make highly sensitive sensors.
10 Nov 2015 - University of Twente and Saxion join forces for microtechnology and nanotechnology
The University of Twente and Saxion are to work together more closely on microtechnology and nanotechnology. By joining forces, the two knowledge institutions hope to accelerate innovation, increase students’ transfer and progression opportunities, utilise the available facilities more efficiently and provide extra stimulus for entrepreneurship, among other things. All these efforts should result in a growing sector of microtechnology and nanotechnology-based products and services ‘made in Twente’. On 9 November, members of the Executive Boards of both knowledge institutions will sign a partnership agreement as the basis for collaboration in the areas of education, research, infrastructure and valorisation activities.