TU Delft Stories
Reading time: 4 min
In the mood for mudAs a biologist and soil scientist Julia Gebert often finds herself getting her hands dirty. With mud, that is. In the past two years she has many times boarded a small boat to cruise among the huge container ships in the port of Hamburg while collecting mud samples.
reading time: 5 min
Alive and Kicking: designing with living materialsImagine a future in which our materials can morph. Your crisp white cotton shirt has been replaced by a living textile that purifies the air around you. As you settle down on the sofa to enjoy some wine, the glass bottle of yesteryear has been superseded by a tactile mycelium packaging which you can peel off to pour. And no need to switch on the light: bioluminescent organisms in your lamp set to work as light levels dropped, creating a warm evening glow.
Reading time: 5 min
This is how digital voice assistants influence your lifeVoice assistants, like Alexa or Google Home are taking over households, in the USA anyway, where one in four households owns at least one device. These assistants that promise to make your life so much easier seem harmless, but are they really? TU Delft researcher Olya Kudina is not so sure: ‘They do impact our lives and not only in a good way.’
reading time: 6 min
Present ventilation guidelines insufficient in the fight against the coronavirusSmall respiratory droplets in the air play a role in the spread of the coronavirus, making good ventilation vital. In her SenseLab, Professor Philomena Bluyssen is conducting research into aerosols in the indoor environment and how we can best defend ourselves against them.
Using persuasive games to improve work atmosphereCultural diversity and a mixture of people with different specialisations in a workplace can boost creativity and effectiveness. It can also lead to misunderstandings, stereotyping and misconception. TU Delft researcher Rens Kortmann studies what persuasive games can do to change that.
Reading time: 6 min
Delft model protects wind turbines from risks posed by sea iceResearcher Hayo Hendrikse (CEG) has developed a new model that gives accurate calculations of the effects of sea ice on offshore structures, such as wind turbines and oil and gas platforms. It turns out that ice causes less wear and tear in these structures than was previously assumed. Thanks to a successful partnership with Siemens Gamesa, Hendrikse's model is now being used in the construction of new offshore wind farms.
reading time: 6 min
Urban Ecology: the increasing importance of nature in the city‘Urban Ecology can have a positive influence in many other areas in addition to biodiversity, such as climate adaptation, health, water and energy consumption and circularity’, according to Nico Tillie, who, together with 26 students, looked at how the forces of nature could be given more room on TU Delft Campus. The coronavirus wasn’t much of a help though.
Reading time: 3 min