TU Delft opens teaching innovation lab
The TU Delft Teaching Lab opens on 27 September: a place specially designed for new developments in teaching. Lecturers can come here to experiment with their teaching, to share experiences and work together with colleagues. The flexible furniture makes it easy to experiment with different room configurations. Lecturers can also consult with colleagues who have more experience in teaching-innovation support. The Teaching Lab also serves as the headquarters of the newly established Delft Teaching Academy, the community for all TU Delft teaching staff.
TU Delft and University of Vienna measure quantization of vibrations
Vibrations, such as those of a bridge, a guitar string or a tuning fork, behave like waves, swinging back and forth continuously. Yet, quantum mechanics predicts that this motion in fact consists of tiny discrete packages of energy, called phonons.
Students Delft & Amsterdam win cycle race in USA and set new Dutch speed record
Cyclist Aniek Rooderkerken broke the Dutch speed record for women last Saturday, clocking 121.5 km/h to win the World Human-Powered Speed Challenge in the Nevada desert. In this competition for the most innovative cycles and riders from all over the world, Rooderkerken was riding the VeloX 7: a high-tech aerodynamic recumbent bike designed and built by the Human Power Team, a group of students from TU Delft and VU Amsterdam.
Julia Cramer wins the NWO Minerva Prize for 2017
Julia Cramer is the winner of NWO's Minerva Prize for 2017. Cramer will receive the prize for her research in the field of quantum science and technology. Once every two years, the NWO Domain Science (ENW) awards the Minerva Prize for the best physics publication by a female researcher. The committee was very impressed by the quality of an article that appeared in Nature Communications in 2016, of which Cramer was the lead author.
TU Delft researcher makes alcohol out of thin air
It may sound too good to be true, but TU Delft PhD-student Ming Ma (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands) has found a way to produce alcohol out of thin air. Or, to be more precise, he has found out how to effectively and precisely control the process of electroreduction of CO2 to produce a wide range of useful products, including alcohol. Being able to use CO2 as a resource this way may just be pivotal in tackling climate change. His PhD defence will take place on September 14th.
Discovery of chromosome motor supports DNA loop extrusion
It is one of the great mysteries in biology: how does a cell neatly distribute its replicated DNA between two daughter cells?
TU Delft in 63rd place in THE Ranking
This year TU Delft is in 63rd place in the world Times Higher Education (THE) Ranking, dropping four places from last year's ranking. In 2015 TU Delft was in 65th place. University rankings are often consulted by international students and scientists who want to study or work abroad.
First steps with new exoskeleton for paraplegics built by TU Delft students
On Thursday 31 August, Project MARCH, a team of students from TU Delft, took the first steps with their new exoskeleton, the MARCH II.
Research brings alternatives to hexavalent-chromium-based aluminum surface treatment in the aircraft industry within reach
The health risks associated with the use of chromium (Cr6+) in the surface treatment of aluminium (i.e. anodizing) for the structure of aircrafts makes finding alternatives a critical issue. Up until now, it has proven difficult to find alternatives that are as effective, especially for application in heavily corrosive conditions. Researchers have now provided fresh insights into the interplay between the anodizing conditions and the formation and durability of bond strength, showing that morphology and chemistry of the surface oxide both play an essential role. The results have been published in Nature’s new partner journal Materials Degradation.
ERC Starting Grants for Four TU Delft researchers
The European Research Council has awarded four ERC Starting Grants to TU Delft researchers.