The Department of Precision and Microsystems Engineering (PME) carries out research and provides education in the field of high-tech systems and scientific instrumentation. We aim to solve fundamental questions in engineering science to advance the performance of precision systems and devices as well as their design. Our specific mission is to merge mechanical engineering concepts with micro and nanoscience. We deliver skilled professionals and contribute knowledge to support leadership of the high-tech systems industry.
Small droplets for better crystals
Sometimes it’s not just the chemical composition of a substance that matters but also the way in which the ingredients are ordered at the atomic level: the crystal structure. For example, the wrong crystal structure of one and the same material could mean the difference between an effective and a failed drug.
Going deeper into the next generation of implants, with three disciplines at once
It has been the undisputed gold standard for implants for dozens of years: titanium. This strong, light and corrosion-resistant metal can be safely incorporated into the body. And yet there is a great deal of discussion about how titanium implants are made. The rise of 3D-printing technology has opened the door to new manufacturing possibilities.
PME researcher Nima Tolou contender for 2018 Prince Friso Engineering Award
NWO honours innovative high-tech research with grant for two PhD positions
The HTSM project entitled ‘Stable and Adjustable Mechanisms for Optical Instruments and Implants (SAMOII)’ of dr. Matthijs Langelaar, professor Fred van Keulen and professor Just Herder from the Department of Precision and Microsystems Engineering has been honoured with a grant for two PhD positions by NWO’s Applied and Engineering Science (TTW) domain.