“Yes, the title of my lecture is somewhat provocative,” says the spreker, “but biosensor development is going so unbelievably fast. In thirty years' time biosensors will be standard in everyone's home.” At the invitation of SensUs and Studium Generale, science journalist Diederik Jekel gave a lecture Wednesday afternoon about a revolution that he believes is already underway.
Hydrogen is a raw material that is used widely in the chemical industry and is also regarded as an important energy carrier for a sustainable future. However, present-day production methods of hydrogen consume a lot of energy, and its transportation is also anything but efficient. For this reason PhD candidate Arash Helmi from Iran has been working on a membrane reactor which makes it possible to produce very pure hydrogen locally on a small scale.
TU/e university professor Wil van der Aalst has won a prestigious German Alexander von Humboldt science award. He receives the sum of five million euros to conduct research in Germany. The drawback of this award is that Van der Aalst will probably leave TU/e.
No fewer than seven people at TU/e will receive a Vidi grant this year from research funding body NWO, supporting their research with up to 800,000 euros. Three of them are connected with the interfaculty Institute for Complex Molecular Systems (ICMS): Patricia Dankers and Tom de Greef (both also at the Department of Biomedical Engineering) and Björn Baumeier (Mathematics and Computer Science). The other lucky recipients are Tom Oomen (Mechanical Engineering), Alex Alvarado (Electrical Engineering), Daniël Lakens (IE&IS) and Job Beckers (Applied Physics).
In a dark room inside the IPO building we find an Eindhoven housing estate. We see an Afghan mountain landscape; a kitchen where a frying-pan bursts into flame; a deep pit. In the VirTU/e Lab of Human-Technology Interaction, virtual realities are created for psychological research, and it is examined what it is that makes people experience this mock-reality as real.
Put more women on appointment committees and appreciate the more female traits of scientists. These are a few tips given by TU/e professors to get more women into high-ranking scientific positions. On June 27 in the Zwarte Doos TU/e is holding an event on gender diversity.
TU Eindhoven is the second strongest university in the world when it comes to research collaboration with industry. This is evident from the CWTS Leiden Ranking published yesterday. TU/e also scores well in terms of most cited publications.
Wednesday afternoon in Eindhoven's Klokgebouw the TU/e Academic Awards were announced for the best Master's project, PhD thesis and design project of 2016. The winners are Ronen Kroeze (TN, MSc Thesis Award), Jaron Sanders (W&I, PhD Thesis Award) and Evangelos Stamatopoulos (Automotive Systems Design, PDEng Thesis Award). The Marina van Damme grant for women engineers goes to BMT alumna Elise Huisman, who aims to make sterile surgery available in poor countries. In his lecture, University Professor Maarten Steinbuch told his audience that he has not given up hope of immortality.
When building with molecules, it is important to understand how they stick to each other. The problem is that the methods used to measure this are themselves an influencing factor on the process. In Nature Communications, researchers at TU Eindhoven, led by Professor Bert Meijer, now present a method that excludes this influence and which can measure how fast small molecules detach from a larger molecular entity dissolved in water. What is special about this method is that it is normally used for quite a different application.
The work of nominees for the Academic Awards forms the heart of a TU/e exhibition held in the Klok building during the sixth Dutch Technology Week (DTW). This is also where the winners of the Academic Awards and the Marine van Damme grant will be announced on Wednesday May 17. TU/e will enjoy additional representation at DTW by, among others, Blue Jay, TU/ecomotive, Team FAST and the medical project ImaValve. DTW runs May 15 through 20.
On 8 June next Carlijn Bouten, professor of Cardiovascular Regeneration, is to become a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences (KNAW), the country’s leading association for top scientists and academics.
African farmers who are able to produce their own fertilizer from only air. TU/e researcher Bhaskar S. Patil brings this prospect closer with a revolutionary reactor that coverts nitrogen from the atmosphere into NOx, the raw material for fertilizer. His method, in theory, is up to five times as efficient as existing processes, enabling farms to have a small-scale installation without the need for a big investment. He receives his doctorate today, 10 May.
The AMIGO service robot of the TU/e robotics collective Tech United came second in the @Home-League of the RoboCup German Open in Magdeburg. At the start of the tournament AMIGO was not quite ready in terms of software, due to a lack of manpower earlier this year. Nonetheless, AMIGO still managed to beat the reigning world champion, ToBi from Bielefeld.
Heart failure, kidney failure and worn intervertebral discs – these are problems that in the future the body will have to be able to remedy itself. So top scientists at TU/e, Maastricht University and Utrecht (UMC Utrecht, Hubrecht Institute and Utrecht University) will be developing intelligent biomaterials that activate and guide the self-repair capacity of the body. Education minister Jet Bussemaker announced on Monday 8 May that their research program, known as Materials-Driven Regeneration (MDR), has been awarded a 'Zwaartekracht' subsidy worth 18.8 million euros. The universities themselves will be investing jointly six million in the program.
The Tech United robot soccer team yesterday won the final of the Portuguese Robotics Open in Coimbra. They beat the Portuguese team CAMBADA 2-0. The Portuguese tournament is regarded as the unofficial European championship of robot soccer. At the end of July, the TU/e team will play in Japan at the World Championship, where they will be defending their world title.
By controlling the rotational speed of each wheel separately, the new electric race car of University Racing Eindhoven (URE) must become faster than its predecessors. Master’s student Automotive Martijn van der Drift graduated on this new control strategy.
In more than 600 cities across the world people marched last Saturday for science. One such place was Amsterdam's Museum Square, where an estimated 3000 people gathered to show their support during the March for Science. The result was a mini-festival that drew to a close with a walk round the pond.
Tech United, robot soccer’s world champions of 2016, has added a really strong, very fast player to its team this year. The new, 8-wheel robot will do its first tests at the upcoming Portuguese Robotics Open, and is expected to make its debut in the team at the World RoboCup in Nagoya (27-30 July). A striking fact is that the undercarriage of this robot will also be undertaking autonomous heavy-duty work in hospitals, like moving beds.
Enabling dreams to become reality. That, says the President of the Executive Board Jan Mengelers, is what TU/e has been doing for the past sixty-one years. Patrick Aebischer, President of the Swiss EPFL until the end of 2016, said yesterday during the celebration of TU/e's Foundation Day in the Paterskerk, that in future this will require universities to have an even stronger financial basis. "Universities that fail to make that happen will go bankrupt or lose their research arm," he warned those in attendance.
In the coming year TU/e alumnus Rick Scholte, yesterday elected Engineer of the Year, wants to make a point of devoting his attention to the risks of noise pollution, in particular for children. The founder and director of Sorama, which develops sound cameras, admits he was utterly surprised to receive the Prins Friso Engineers Award.
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TU/e has made a considerable leap in the prestigious international Times Higher Education World University Rankings that focus on the subject areas Engineering & Technology and Computer Science. TU/e belongs to the fifteen and eighteen best European universities on these subjects respectively. The THE ranking forms an important yardstick for government departments, policymakers and international students.
This morning in the village of Gemert in the province of Brabant a 3D-printed cycle bridge was opened. It was printed this summer in TU/e's Pieter van Musschenbroek Laboratory. This is the world's first ever 3D-printed bridge to be part of regular infrastructure. Another novelty is that the makers have succeeded in printing the bridge's reinforcements, steel cables.
Tales of the acoustics at the 2300 year-old Greek theater of Epidaurus tend to be told in terms of superlatives. Not actually justified, according to measurements taken by researchers from TU/e. They are the first to detail the acoustics of three ancient theaters, with over ten thousand measurements, which confirms that when actors speak very loudly, they can be understood perfectly well right up to the back row. However, the tearing of a piece of paper or a whisper is only audible up to about halfway up, in contradiction to the many claims.