Welcome to Nanoionics, part of the MESA+ Institute of Nanotechnology and of the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Twente, the Netherlands.

We are a recently founded, internationally oriented group, aiming to enhance the fundamental understanding of electrostatics and electron transfer in liquid and across the liquid/solid interface, and to explore new concepts for fluidic devices based on this new understanding.

Recent and current research topics include for example electrochemical detection of single molecules in nanofluidic devices, high frequency CMOS-based nanosensors, the nanophysics of ionic liquids, nanoscale electrocatalysis and electrochemical scanning probe methods.

Our experimental tools, which are largely dictated by the intrinsic nanometer scale of the systems that we study, include scanning probes, highly sensitive electronics, and lithography-based microfabrication.

Breaking news

A new doctor

On February 12th 2016 Cecilia Laborde had her PhD defense on her thesis topic “High-Frequency Impedance Spectroscopy with CMOS Nanocapacitor Arrays.” Congratulations Dr. Laborde!! More photos click here

FluidFM people

Our postdoctoral researcher, Dr. Jos Quist, will tell you about his interesting and challenging research on using FluidFM to study single living cell. Read more about his interview here.

Around the world and beyond

For the NI winter group outing, the NI group decided to kick off the holiday season with an Escape Room event. Our brave group members embarked on amazing journeys, not only around the world, but even to Mars! Success rates vary: while part of the group managed to blaze around the world in an all-time record time, others wandered and lost their way (and may even be drifting around aimlessly in space). Importantly, there was much merriment and mirth.

The new record holders

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Lost in space

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P.S. Should you encounter on of our lost group members on your travel, please contact us and and let us know they are safe.

Cutting-edge paper

Cecilia contributes to a groundbreaking paper in Nature Nanotechnology on using high-frequency impedance spectroscopy to enable label-free detection of a broad range of analytes. The paper, a collaboration with our colleagues at NXP Semiconductors (NL), U. Udine (IT) and 3PRI-Bioscience, Wageningen (NL), combines fundamental exploratory experiments on prototypical systems, detailed quantitative simulations, and imaging of cancer cells. Yes, it is fun.


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