From blood to screen17 February 2016
Getting the opportunity to make a super strong fiber of liquid crystals yourself with a syringe in a beaker. The recipe formed an appropriate finish of the public morning of the Playing Colloidal Mikado workshop, organized by the European DiStruc network. Prior to the demonstration, the audience in de Zwarte Doos was brought up to date on the area of expertise of DiStruc: liquid crystals and other so-called colloids - particles with a size of approximately one micrometer.
The morning began with a presentation by Roel Dullens, a scientist who works in Oxford. In this presentation he introduced the audience to the wondrous world of colloids. All particles significantly bigger than molecules and sizably smaller than a grain of sand can be called colloids, regardless of the material they are made of.
Usually they can be found in a liquid medium, Dullens explained. Examples of such colloidal systems which he mentioned were milk, blood, clay and paint, but also the gem we know as opal, in which the small particles - the size of the wavelength of light - are responsible for the most exquisite color combinations.
After Dullens’ presentation the éminence grise of the research into liquid crystals, David Dunmur, provided an overview of the development since their discovery at the end of the 19th century of these special colloids, which we know best from LCD screens.
That liquid crystals have still other applications became quite obvious through the hands-on demonstration of the firm of Teijin Aramid from Arnhem, one of the industrial partners within DiStruc. After the presentation by Dunmur a table filled with glassware was rolled into the Filmzaal. The people present were allowed personally to empty a syringe of liquid crystals into a beaker of salt water. With a certain measure of dexterity this resulted in meters-long fibers, which were displayed on the table.
Purple rain will fall tomorrow, on Purple Friday, from the TU/e chimney stack, so that everyone can see that the university recognizes and celebrates diversity in sexual orientation. But as President of the Executive Board Jan Mengelers emphasizes: “Our support is more than symbolic.” University secretary Nicole Ummelen is calling on the LGBTU/e community: “Please be our role models - and let us know if there are matters we can facilitate.”
The Department of the Built Environment has been in existence for fifty years. Yesterday evening this milestone was celebrated in grand style with a festive dinner at Plaza Vertigo attended by more than 350 people followed by a party. Speeches and performances enlivened the evening. Departmental Dean Elphi Nelissen made her speech during the eight-course meal. Live music was provided by Laura Eshuis and Eleven Dirty, while the Superstijl DJs worked the turntables.
Forget about Antwerp, London and Cologne. The only Christmas market worth its salt this year may well be right on your doorstep. It will have everything - from a hearty hotpot and a cup of steaming mulled wine to live Christmas music and the new tradition of firing a Christmas tree from a cannon - and will be right here in MetaForum's market hall from December 11 through 21.
The first TU/e Christmas market could hardly have got off to a more Christmassy start on Monday, in a 'market hall' surrounded by a thick blanket of snow. The firing of Christmas trees from a cannon, the promised opening activity, unfortunately suffered some initial delay - but for anyone who missed it, there was another chance to see it on Tuesday afternoon.
In 2018 the students of TU/e will be represented on the University Council by three parties. The provisional results indicate that newcomer DAS Eindhoven will have two seats, Groep-één remains the largest presence with four seats, and the Eindhoven Student Council (ESR) takes three. For the first time in years, staff faction PUR includes a professor; Anton Darhuber of Applied Physics.