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Volume 4, 2015

Volume 4, 2015

Read all our articles from our fourth magazine

“Jointly pioneering and creating solutions for major challenges are inherent to activities at MESA+ research institute for nanotechnology. This issue of MESA+ Magazine is all about collaboration. MESA+ researchers cooperate with major industrial partners like ASML, Philips and BP. Long-term agreements with national and local governments, businesses and universities are translated into working programmes, like European programmes as Horizon2020 and the new hDMT initiative. Talented individuals and innovative new companies like Mimetas are supported in realizing their ambitions. Facilities like NanoLab and High Tech Factory have a crucial role, integrating activities. What are your opportunities for collaboration with MESA+?”

Moved shop for science Fred Bijkerk and his entire research group recently moved from FOM institute DIFFER to ME SA+. All about in-car meetings and compiling a tool kit for extreme ultraviolet light. Capillary Origami by Antoine Legrain Made of silicon rich nitride, this initially flat structure was folded into a pyramid using the surface tension of water. The final shape is programmed by complex hinges machined to stop folding at the desired angle thanks to corner lithography. A great variety of 3D structures can be self-folded simply with droplets of water. Close Harmony Janneke Hoedemaekers started as new technical commercial director of MESA+ in August 2014. She obtained her degree in Twente and has a strong network in The Hague and Brussels. In the years to come, she aims to intensify industrial connections to MESA+ and to set up large, international collaboration projects. Taking the train from Leiden Biotech company MIME TAS is headquartered in Leiden. But their ‘organ on a chip’ plates are produced in the High Tech Factory at Twente. Paul Vulto, MIME TAS co-founder: “Every time I visit Twente, I’m positively surprised by everything that’s possible here.” Organs on a chip Albert van den Berg (MESA+ and MIRA ) and Miriam Luizink (formerly MESA+, currently UT-wide) are both involved in establishing a virtual Dutch ‘organ on a chip’ institute: the Institute for Human Organ and Disease Model Technologies (hDMT). All about anticipating, collaboration with companies and opportunities for the pharmaceutical industry. “Everyone is surrounded by nano, but hardly anyone knows anything about it” Who? Celine Baard (1998).
Hobbies? Jogging and going out with friends.
Education? Completed preparatory secondary vocational education, transferred to fourth year of senior general secondary education.
“It all started with a newspaper piece” Who? Niels Willemen (1996).
Hobbies? Football (A1 at Quick ‘20), video games and hooking up with friends.
Education? Completed university preparatory education, currently in his first year of Advanced Technology, a broad technical BSc programme at the University of Twente.
Solve problems together Over 550 people work within the MESA+ Institute. Three hundred of them are PhD researchers or postdoctoral fellows. Derya Ataç from Turkey is one of them. She recently obtained her doctorate and now works as a postdoctoral fellow. “It is very easy to work together here.” OMDS Since the discovery of graphene in 2004, there has been a growing attention for this carbon material thanks to its unique properties. The organic layer is synthesized on the surface of metals like copper and nickel. Therefore it is crucial to have a clean metal surface for letting the catalytic reaction take place. In the conventional synthesizing process impurities are often present which lead to defects in the graphene layer. BP invests in MESA+ In the next five years, oil company BP will invest a total of two million euros in fundamental research by the department of Physics of Complex Fluids of ME SA+. The researchers want to unravel the mystery of how oil is stuck inside porous stone. BP will subsequently use this knowledge to draw more oil from their fields. Model and business case When she was studying at Twente, Merel Leistikow did research on photonic crystals. Now, working for Philips, she investigates how she can use new imaging techniques to make things easier for surgeons. “I’m now doing something that’s easier to explain to my mother.” Near-field microscope casts light on innovative materials The MESA+ Optical Sciences group has developed a technique that allows for charting the intrinsic optical characteristics of materials by using a so-called near-field microscope. In contrast to conventional microscopes, near-field microscopes employ a specially designed optical fibre to detect only the light propagating on the surface of materials.