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.
Portable measuring devices, such as step counters and heart rate monitors, are gaining in popularity among people who care about their health. In a joint graduation project, Industrial Design students Stijn Zoontjens and Yannick Brouwer made an open-source health tracker capable of reading signals emitted by arbitrary sensors and storing them on a removable memory card.
Fungi in the house: they are dirty, unsightly and especially unsanitary. PhD candidate at Applied Physics Karel van Laarhoven succeeded in filming growing fungi on a piece of gypsum with a microscope. The films can provide valuable information for the design of fungicidal materials.
Around tall buildings you often get extreme wind speeds at the level of pedestrians, which can cause inconvenience and even dangerous situations. Student of Architecture, Building and Planning Thijs van Druenen investigated by means of computer simulations how this nuisance may be prevented.