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Volume 2, 2013

Volume 2, 2013

Read all our articles from our second magazine

MESA+ is the Dutch institute for nanotechnology. MESA+ combines research, education, facilities and spin-offs. This magazine offers readers a collection from MESA+. From a Greek student who thought “that’s the place for me” to an enterprising researcher who now sells his satellite technology to aircraft constructors so that we have fast Internet access during flight. Enjoy!

Nano solution for mega-problem MESA+ offers five multidisciplinary strategic research programmes. Several research groups are investigating the frontiers of nanomaterials and energy research in the NanoMaterials for Energy programme. Greek Wisdom People generally think that MESA+ only has to do with research, facilities and spin-offs. But the institute also offers courses for postgraduates, PhD students and undergraduates. Greek Pantelis Bampoulis is such an undergraduate. He is following the MSc programme in Nanotechnology. “I already knew of MESA+ when I was engaged in my bachelor programme research in Greece.” Enterprising scientist MESA+ stands for research, education, excellent facilities and entrepreneurship. Occasionally all of them unite in a single person. Chris Roeloffzen for instance: scientist, lecturer and entrepreneur. Method in madness Simon Huisman hopes to obtain his doctorate in September 2013. That is six months faster than the usual four years. “You can only excel in something if the people around you give their support and encouragement.” From coffee stain to filled nano-football The interview with PhD student Hanneke Gelderblom takes place in the group’s coffee corner. Usually not the best place for an interview. However, it’s a befitting place to talk about her research as it so happens that Gelderblom is studying how fluids such as coffee and wine dry up. Moreover, she is also able to check whether the printer (unfortunately for this article not an inkjet printer that produces droplets but a laser printer) is printing her draft thesis properly. She hopes to obtain her doctorate from Detlef Lohse, head of the physics of fluids group. It all happens at the interface The best Dutch nanotechnologists work at MESA+. One of them is Jeroen Cornelissen. At his fortieth he belongs to the new batch of young professors at the institute. A chat about giving lectures, heading a department, and the cell as an overcrowded fish bowl. 50x MESA+ spin-offs This heading might look like a calculation but of course it isn’t. Recently MESA+ welcomed their fiftieth spin-off. eMALDI, a company that makes controlled evaporation of droplets possible. This, for instance, ensures fast and reliable blood tests. One big ‘nano-kitchen’ More than 1,000 square metres of cleanroom, 250 pieces of equipment, 400 users from 34 research groups and 50 companies. MESA+ NanoLab is one of the showpieces of Dutch nanotechnology. An interview with Gerard Roelofs, head of MESA+ NanoLab. “Our motto is: Creating opportunities.” New acquisition: layer maker The MESA+ cleanroom houses more than 250 pieces of equipment. One of the newest devices is the Atomic Layer Deposition cluster tool or ALD. 10 Questions with 10 answers.