Erik Bakkers chosen as member Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences

Erik Bakkers, professor of Advanced Nanomaterials & Devices at TU/e joins the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW). The KNAW is the most important Dutch society for top scientists.

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Bakkers (1972) is at the forefront of studying and developing new nanomaterials, which do not occur in nature and can only be produced by manipulating particles at the nanoscale. Bakkers combines fundamental insights into crystal growth with a keen eye for the possible applications of his work. He develops special crystal growth methods, in which he assembles semiconductor nanowires with special properties with atomic precision. His material and structure combinations form the building blocks for new types of solar cells, light transmitters and components for quantum computers.

The KNAW was established in 1808 as an advisory body to the government. The independent society describes itself as 'the forum, the voice and the conscience of science in the Netherlands'. In addition to Bakkers, eighteen new members have been appointed. This brings the total number of members of the KNAW to 550. Twelve of them work at TU/e.

The appointment is for life and is seen as a great honor in the scientific world. The new Academy members will be installed later this year.

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