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.
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.
He stacked committee year on committee year, represented TU/e at information meetings throughout the country for many years, and upheld Eindhoven’s honor in the Dutch kayak team. However, after ten magnificent years it was time for Tom Vrancken to graduate. For his Master’s program Information Security Technology he coupled two widely used systems for Internet security.
In order to make better ‘thin-film’ solar cells, you want to be able to see what happens exactly during the application of the photo-active layer. Using ingenious X-ray and optical technology, PhD candidate Hans van Franeker managed to make the formation of minuscule – and unwanted - droplets in plastic solar cells visible.
The assistance of a robotic arm of sorts can be very welcome for people with a muscular disease. With this aim in mind, PhD candidate Bob van Ninhuijs designed an artificial 'shoulder joint' in which the use of magnets allows for energy-efficient compensation of gravity.
Four years ago Roy Cobbenhagen was one of the founding fathers of the Solar Team Eindhoven. Recently he completed his Master’s program of Automotive Technology with a final project within the same student team. Cobbenhagen concludes that a consumer car powered by solar energy also has great potential in Dutch cities – more so than he had expected himself.
By means of nanowires of gallium phosphide the English PhD candidate Anthony Standing managed to convert sunlight into a ‘green’ fuel. His work in the Photonics and Semiconductor Nanophysics group also resulted in an article by his hand in the prominent journal Nature Communications.