MESA+ University of Twente
Inorganic Materials Science Group


8 Jul 2016 - UT scientists develop brain-inspired memory material Our brain does not work like a typical computer memory storing just ones and zeroes: thanks to a much larger variation in memory states, it can calculate faster consuming less energy. Scientists of the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology of the University of Twente (The Netherlands) now developed a ferro-electric material with a memory function resembling synapses and neurons in the brain, resulting in a multistate memory. They publish their results in this week’s Advanced Functional Materials. 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 Sep 2015 - UT researchers give nanosheets local magnetic properties Two-dimensional crystals are very suitable for creating high-quality magnetic thin films. This appears from two recent publications written by scientists from the University of Twente's MESA+ research institute. The researchers show that by growing the magnetic layers on various 2D crystals, better known as nanosheets, you can control the preferred direction of the magnetism very locally. In an article published in Advanced Functional Materials, they present this method to create magnetic patterns on the micrometer scale. In Angewandte Chemie, they demonstrate that you can make the nanosheets in less than a minute, while the synthesis process had been known to be very slow. The magnetic films can be deployed for many different applications, such as new generations of smartphones. 9 Sep 2015 - UT spin-off Eurekite teams up with Cottonwood Eurekite, the first worldwide provider of a new nanotechnology based flexible ceramics, announced today that Cottonwood Euro Technology Funds, an affiliate of the top performing seed stage investor in science based technology start-ups in the US, has closed on founding capital to begin operations in Enschede, The Netherlands. The technology, initially developed at the Inorganic Materials Science group of MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology (University of Twente), has numerous benefits over current ceramics, in particular that it behaves like paper and can be bent and shaped into any position, and that it is not brittle. Therefore it can be used in many harsh environments without the limitations of currently available to ceramics and also providing unique thermal, electrical, catalytic and filtering characteristics. 31 Aug 2015 - Guus Rijnders and Jeroen Cornelissen join the Management Team of MESA+ The Executive Board proudly announces that, as of 1 September, 2015, Professor Guus Rijnders and Professor Jeroen Cornelissen will succeed Professor Dave Blank as Scientific Director of MESA+. They will form the interim management of the research institute together with Technical Commercial Director Janneke Hoedemaekers. Rijnders and Cornelissen will fulfil this position for half a year. Professor Dave Blank will be appointed as Chief Scientific Ambassador as of 1 September, 2015. 19 Jun 2015 - New edition MESA+ Magazine With pleasure we present you the newest MESA+ Magazine.This issue is all about collaboration, which is inherent to activities at the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology.   23 Jan 2015 - STW Valorisation Grant awarded to the company Adv. Nanofibers The STW Take-off grant, formerly known as the STW Valorisation Grant,  has been awarded to the company Adv. Nanofibers, ( on their proposal to commercialize “Ceramic Nanofiber Paper”. The company was recently founded by Gerard Cadafalch Gazquez and Behruz Mammadov, and is a spin-off from the Inorganic & Hybrid Nanomaterials group of the MESA+ Institute of the University of Twente. The focus of the company lies on the development of nanofiber based products. Ceramic nanofiber paper is a light, thin, and fully flexible  material. It is fire resistant and chemically inert because it is pure ceramic. The extraordinary combination of a ceramic material -typically hard and brittle compounds- that is as flexible as paper is of interest for a wide range of applications. The Take-off grant will be used to perform feasibility studies on these newly developed materials and perform market studies. 15 Oct 2014 - FOM Valorization Award for Dave Blank and Guus Rijnders The prestigious “Valorization Award 2014” of the Dutch FOM Foundation will be awarded to top scientists Prof Dave Blank and Prof Guus Rijnders of UT’s MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology. “They successfully build bridges between various scientific disciplines, between science and business and between science and society”, according to the jury. The award, involving 250,000 euros, will be handed out during the annual Physics@FOM conference in Veldhoven, January 2015.