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.
Steel production generates some hundred million tons of steel slag worldwide each year. This giant mountain of leftovers is largely dumped. TU/e professor of building materials, Jos Brouwers, will be working with industrial partners to investigate whether he can make cement out of it. If he succeeds, more CO2 emissions can be cut than is produced yearly by all the traffic in the Netherlands.
The symptoms of Parkinson’s disease can be slowed down through deep brain stimulation, whereby electrodes are implanted in the brain. To improve that treatment, PhD candidate Birgit Plantinga presented a very accurate picture of the patients’ brains by means of an MRI scanner with an ultrahigh magnetic field.
Holographic watches, virtual teleportation, wireless microsensors, the Internet of Things, radiation that enables you to read a closed book: all of this sounds like science fiction. Nevertheless these visions of the future are more science than fiction, if it is up to the researchers of the Center for Wireless Technology Eindhoven (CWTe). Recently the CWTe presented a new roadmap for the coming decade, and a new director: Sonia Heemstra de Groot.
A major issue with medical implants is that they are often rejected by the body: through an inflammatory reaction the immune system then tries to get rid of the foreign material. Graduating student Stan de Vries stretched immune cells in a special device, in order to see how the mechanical loading of these cells impacts the chance of a rejection reaction.
This year’s Holst Lecture, on 17 November, will be given by Andrew B. Watson. In his lecture he will reflect on his work as a senior scientist for vision research at NASA. Watson will also receive the prestigious Holst Memorial Lecture Award for his contributions to this research area.
Preparations on campus for GLOW are in full swing. Visitors to the Science route, which runs largely over TU/e grounds, will be able to see ten projects made by students and employees. A couple of projects in the city are also the work of TU/e employees or alumni. The GLOW light festival will be held from November 12 through 19.
Making, manipulating and studying an atomic thin material, layer by layer, with nanoscale precision: NanoAccess is the only facility in the Netherlands that can offer researchers all of these possibilities at one and the same time with a single instrument. The possible applications cover a range of fields, from energy-efficient electronics to smart mobility and solar fuels. The TU/e lab officially opens its doors on Wednesday 9 November.
The price-quality ratio in healthcare could be significantly better, argues part-time Professor of Purchasing and Supply Management Arjan van Weele. Indeed, healthcare insurers have precious little insight into the quality of the care delivered and also display scant interest in patient satisfaction. Moreover, market forces in healthcare are anything but perfect. “Price increases are simply charged on to the insured, who is totally powerless in practice.”
For the treatment of brain diseases it is important to understand how we record information in our brain. PhD candidate Rémy Kusters from Eindhoven provided the theoretical contribution to the project ‘Barriers in the brain’, in which it was investigated how variation in the strength of connections between brain cells is created. About synaptic mushrooms with heads and necks.
Eliminating particulate matter from underground car parks in the city center of Eindhoven can result in local reductions in the concentration of these particles of up to 50%. Researchers from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) came to this conclusion on the basis of air flow models and computer simulations of the city center. The simulations prove the effectiveness of an initiative by the environmental innovation company ENS Technology to use underground car parks as air purification sites, or ‘lungs of the city’.
As of Thursday, the general public will be able to use the world’s first fully biocomposite footbridge on TU/e campus. This fourteen meter long ‘biobridge’ is made from a hemp and flax-fiber base and is the result of collaboration between a large number of knowledge institutions and companies.
TU/e has decided to prepare the way for introducing an upper limit to student intake combined with student selection criteria for four Bachelor study programs, to take force as of the academic year 2018/2019. This in order to secure the quality of the education and manage the growth.
Researchers at TU/e have gained a new world record for the efficiency of nanowire-based solar cells: 17.8 percent. These types of solar cells have been around for just a few years but in terms of efficiency are catching up to other types and are thus very promising for the sustainable energy supply. TU/e researcher Dick van Dam will be awarded his doctorate on 17 October for his research that makes this possible.
TU/e has secured two of the twenty or so new FET Open subsidies offered by the European Union. As project leader of the ONE-FLOW project, Volker Hessel (Chemical Engineering and Chemistry) is keen to combine the benefits of natural biochemical processes with sophisticated continuous reactor technology for such aims as making new and cheaper medicines. The SiLAS project headed up by Jos Haverkort (Applied Physics) aims to result in a laser based on silicon, so that simple optical and electronic functions can be combined on a chip. Together the two projects will provide TU/e with income totaling some 2.5 million euros.
Since this spring Ines Lopez Arteaga has been the first female professor in the history of the TU/e Department of Mechanical Engineering. The Spanish lady is a sound expert with a mission: the world must get rid of noise nuisance. For this purpose she is prepared to look beyond the limits of her own field of expertise.
Two years ago Mikhail Astafev moved from Siberia to Eindhoven to obtain a Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng). The Russian researcher carried out his graduation traineeship at Color CNTRL Research, where he came up with a solution to make reflective screens more energy-efficient. Meanwhile he and his band Angy-Near also released an album.
TU/e spin-off Xeltis has begun a clinical study of new heart valves cultivated in the human body. Artificial heart valves have been placed in three children. These valves slowly change into living heart valves by absorbing cells from the bloodstream. The heart valves, which are based on TU/e research, have been optimized by Xeltis.
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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.