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2015 has been another special year for MESA+ with scientific breakthroughs and new and strengthened collaborations with industry and scientific partners. We have celebrated the anniversary of our excellent infrastructure: 5 years NanoLab and 25 years Cleanroom facilities at the University of Twente. We are proud to have reinforced our position in cutting-edge research and to keep harvesting the societal and economic potential of key enabling technologies like nanotechnology. This page gives an overview of our most recent results.

Awards & Grants

Prof. Dr. Allard Mosk

VICI 2015

Dr. ir. Floris Zwanenburg

VIDI 2015

Dr. Sonia García Blanco

ERC Consolidator Grant 2015

Prof. Dr. ir. Albert van den Berg

ERC Advanced Grant 2015

Dr. Alvaro Marin

ERC Starting Grant 2015

Prof. Rob Lammertink

VICI 2016 Wiebe de Vos 

VIDI 2016

Dr. Richard Stevens

VIDI 2016



Unusual discovery in thin film magnetism An unusual magnetic effect in nanolayers of an oxide of lanthanum and manganese (LaMnO3) is discovered by researchers of MESA+. Joint work with colleagues from Singapore, the United States and Ireland revealed an abrupt magnetic transition brought about by the slightest change in thickness of the layer. The research findings were published by Science magazine. Darwin on a Chip Researchers of MESA+ demonstrated working electronic circuits that have been produced in a radically new way, using methods that resemble Darwinian evolution. The size of these circuits is comparable to the size of their conventional counterparts, but they are much closer to natural networks like the human brain. The findings were published in Nature Nanotechnology. Development of flexo-electric nanomaterial Together with colleagues from several other knowledge institutions, researchers of MESA+ 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. This new field of knowledge enables i.a. the development of highly sensitive sensors, or recharge a pacemaker inside the human body. The research results were published in Nature Nanotechnology. Development of highly efficient hollow copper electrodes Scientists at MESA+ have developed an electrode in the form of a hollow porous copper fibre which is able to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into carbon monoxide (CO) extremely efficiently. This could enable a wide variety of industrial processes to be made more sustainable. The research results were published by Nature Communications. UT desalination chip should increase efficiency of medicine development Researchers of MESA+ and MIRA have developed a chip that should support the faster and cheaper marketing of new medicines. Her chip should make sure that the pharmaceutical industry can improve the analysis preparation of solutions containing candicate compounds for potential medicine. Researchers clearly identify movement of droplets on soft surfaces Researchers of MESA+ succeeded in clearly identifying why droplets on soft, squishy surfaces react differently than on hard surfaces. Better understanding of this phenomenon is of importance for a variety of applications where droplets come into contact with extremely soft, deformable materials, as is the case in 3D printing, soft contact lenses or sauces such as mayonnaise. The result was published in Nature Communications. Light tying knots in liquid crystal droplets Scientists at MESA+ have shown that light can create new structures in the form of liquid crystal droplets containing photosensitive molecular engines. The research is financed by a VIDI grant of the Netherlands Organization for Chemical Scientific Research (NWO) and was recently published in the scientific magazine Nature Communications.