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Anniversary 25 years Cleanroom

Dear colleagues and others involved in the NanoLab,

Tomorrow, 12 December, we celebrate the 25-year anniversary of the Cleanroom at the University of Twente. Along with the 5-year anniversary of the NanoLab, this is a moment to pay special attention to nanotechnology in Twente: looking back on special groundbreaking or funny moments, reflecting on important developments, and setting our sights on future ambitions. We are going to do this using a timeline with contributions by anyone who has a link with the NanoLab or the Cleanroom.

Share your personal story on the timeline

We challenge you to share your personal stories. Think of special breakthroughs, products that utilized your technology, the start of your professional group, research or career, or even stories about the special facilities such as buildings and equipment and people who have played an important role. Everything that is special to you and that contributes to your personal story matters, and makes the story complete.

Why and for whom?

During this anniversary period, we will start with our own collective story, but we will continue to build the timeline and keep our story up to date afterwards. This allows us to continuously show everyone - from MESA+ employees and colleagues at the University of Twente, to our academic peers, the press and the general public - what our ideas are, what we do, and how we do it; in a special environment, with a unique chemistry. It is something to be proud of and, although it is not in our Twente genes, it is something to promote!

Practical note

Send your contribution(s) via the form in this link.


Your contribution consists of a visual (photograph, research image, video) and text.


You can refer to another website (e.g. department or news item), by providing the URL in your text.


Filtering on the timeline is done by so-called tags: make sure that your item can be found by choosing the right tags.


A personal story is written in your own words. You can submit your stories in Dutch and English. The text does not need to be particularly well written.

The timeline will continue to evolve. Do not forget to take a look at it yourself once in a while. You can share items from the timeline via social media, and you can also 'like' items. The most-liked posts will appear in the Hall of Fame. These stories will also be discussed during the final meeting. And that’s exactly what you want, right?!

Share email among relations

The timeline should then become a nice, complete description of nanotechnology in Twente. To achieve this, it is important that as many people as possible submit their input. We invite you to share this email with those contacts outside MESA+ who may also have a link with the NanoLab or the Cleanroom.

Any input will be very much appreciated!

Janneke Hoedemaekers

Technical Commercial Director