Throw open the treasure chest of science. That is what universities, universities of applied sciences and science organizations are arguing for today: they are launching a National Plan for Open Science.
TU/e professor Rembert Duine has proposed a way to simulate black holes on an electronic chip. This makes it possible to study fundamental aspects of black holes in a laboratory on earth. Additionally, the underlying research may be useful for quantum technologies. Duine (also working at Utrecht University) and colleagues from Chile published their results today in Physical Review Letters.
European universities are calling on American President Donald Trump to retract with immediate effect the entry ban imposed on citizens of seven majority Muslim countries. His executive order looks likely to be detrimental to science worldwide. A PhD candidate at TU/e of Iranian descent, talks of the sometimes “heartbreaking” consequences for researchers and other academics.
As of this week, all the TU/e laboratories, 54 in total, can be found on a single website. Here, the work of the 14 largest laboratories is explained, and brief mention is made of the other labs. The aim of the site is to raise the profile of the university's research facilities, and to clarify the kind of research TU/e is conducting.
In the spring of 2018 the TU/e Innovation Space is scheduled to open its doors in the Matrix building. For intended director and coordinator Isabelle Reymen, Associate Professor at the Department of IE&IS, the focus is going to be on hands-on multidisciplinary education, cross-fertilization between groups, support of start-ups, cooperation with the business community and the supervision of student teams.
The stormy developments regarding the gathering and analysis of digital data entail opportunities as well as threats. Dutch data scientists, too, are not blind to the potential drawback of their specialization. For this reason the Responsible Data Science consortium has been set up which is led by TU/e professor Wil van der Aalst and has to contribute to accurate, transparent, and fair data science with respect for privacy.
Due to the fact that their bodies adjust to weightlessness, astronauts faint relatively often after a space mission. On the basis of the medical knowledge of the German research center for aerospace in Cologne, PhD candidate Joke Keijsers developed a mathematical model of our blood circulation, which helps us understand this type of ailments better.
The Department of the Built Environment has done well in the research assessment conducted at the end of last year. The quality of three of its four research programs was regarded as ‘excellent’: the best possible score. The Living Cities program was judged to be ‘very good’. No aspect of the department's research scored less than 'very good'. In addition to their quality, the programs were also assessed for their relevance and viability.
Eindhoven University of Technology is world's number one when it comes to cooperating with the most innovative firms worldwide. This has been established by Times Higher Education following a study of universities and their relationships with innovative technology companies.
Teams perform better on the shop floor when their members enjoy working together, and when their personal interests are in line with the team goals. Psychologist and designer Jef van den Hout went searching for the superlative: how do you create a common state of ‘flow’? Last week he obtained a PhD for his findings in the ‘virtual’ presence of the founder of the flow theory, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.
It must be possible to increase the income for TU/e from the secondary and tertiary flow of funds from €80m to €100m over the next four years. However, the efforts that researchers must put forth for this – which are a cause of many complaints – will diminish during that period. The Research Support Network (RSN) and another way of working will make that happen, as is emphasized by Steef Blok, director of the Innovation Lab and drafter of the plan. Blok: “If we get everybody on board and execute it well, I see an even further increase in the income up to €150 million in due course.”
Following a gap year, TU/ecomotive (the TU/e Shell Eco-marathon team) has presented the concept for its new vehicle. Lina, as the city car will be named, is a four-person vehicle built as sustainably as possible.
After his successes as ‘Chief Power Train’ in the first Solar Team Eindhoven, Arjo van der Ham returned to the student team for the subject of his final project. He devised a way to fit the solar-powered care with a ‘normal’ curved solar roof, without this reducing the output in solar energy.
To produce drugs sustainably and cheaply, anywhere you want. Whether in the middle of the jungle or even on Mars. A ‘mini-factory’ whereby sunlight can be captured to make chemical products. Inspired by the art of nature where leaves are able to collect enough sunlight to produce food, chemical engineers at TU/e have presented such a scenario. They describe their prototype reactor – consciously shaped as a leaf –in today’s journal Angewandte Chemie.
A group of experts in the field of (information) law, digital security and terrorism sent a letter to the Dutch Parliament on Monday. Their missive draws attention to shortcomings in new intelligence legislation. Among the twenty-nine signatories are TU/e professors Jan Smits (Law and Technology) and Sandro Etalle (Embedded System Security).
TU/e spin-off company TUSTI received the NWO Gouden Kiem award, the best start-up in chemistry, at the CHAINS conference on December 7th.
On 1 December Lokien van Nunen received his PhD with distinction for his study into a method of angioplasty whereby stents are implanted more selectively on the basis of blood pressure measurements around the strictures. Van Nunen, having a specialist training to become a cardiologist at the Catharina Hospital, has established that angioplasty intervention cuts the risk of death from cardiac failure within five years by thirty percent. In the Netherlands that amounts to 200 deaths per year.
Every year Santa manages to deliver millions of presents all over the world, in a sleigh drawn by reindeer. How does he do it? Barry Fitzgerald (37), postdoc researcher at Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, has attempted to find the answer by taking a scientific approach. His book Secret Science of Santa Claus was published recently. The Irish TU/e researcher has also examined the science behind superheroes in an earlier book.
The addition of a few nanometers of a thin layer of aluminum oxide protects a perovskite solar cell against humidity – still a major stumbling block to the commercial application of this new type of solar cell. A surprising bonus is a yield boost of three percent. These are the findings of researchers at TU/e and research institute ECN, part of the Solliance collective, published in the journal Energy and Environmental Science.
From now on PhD candidates at TU/e must submit a lay summary with their thesis. This has been decided by the Doctorate Board after an appeal by Dean Philip de Goey of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, where an accessible text about the research conducted became a requirement some years ago. The lay summaries should ensure that thesis results more often win public attention.
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This year the Nobel Prize for Chemistry has been awarded to the founders of cryo-electron microscopy, a technique used to determine the structure of biomolecules in their natural form. The winners are the Swiss Jacques Dubochet, the American Joachim Frank and Britain's Richard Henderson. Colleague in the field and TU/e professor Nico Sommerdijk says the distinction is highly deserved.