11 January 2021
Delft researchers build artificial chromosome
Biotechnologists at Delft University of Technology have built an artificial chromosome in yeast. The chromosome can exist alongside the natural yeast chromosomes, and serves as a platform to safely and easily add new functions to the micro-organism. Researchers can use the artificial chromosome to convert yeast cells into living factories capable of producing useful chemicals and even medicines.
11 January 2021
Consortium develops stress test for Port of Rotterdam energy transition investment plans: GridMaster
What is the future of the market for natural gas, hydrogen and electricity? A large consortium is working on an adaptive simulation model of the energy system of the port of Rotterdam.
07 January 2021
Andy van den Dobbelsteen appointed Sustainability Coordinator
The Executive Board has appointed Professor Andy van den Dobbelsteen as TU Delft Sustainability Coordinator with effect from 1 January 2021.
21 December 2020
TU Delft physics student makes world’s smallest Christmas tree
Every year, people all over the world try to make the biggest artificial Christmas tree. Like the Gubbio Christmas Tree, formed by thousands of lights on the slopes of Mount Ingino. Or the illumination of the 372-metre high transmission mast at Lopik in The Netherlands. Maura Willems, a student of Applied Physics at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), decided to do the opposite. She created what is probably the world’s smallest Christmas tree.
17 December 2020
The Dutch are in favour of the introduction of a vaccination certificate as a reward
For us to be able to get Covid-19 under control, approximately 70% of the Dutch population would need to be vaccinated. There is considerable support among the Dutch population for the introduction of a vaccination certificate to encourage people to have themselves vaccinated. A vaccination certificate would offer people who have been vaccinated more freedom, for example to keep up their usual activities during an outbreak or to attend events at which maintaining a distance of 1.5m between people is not possible. This has become apparent from representative research among 1,640 Dutch people that was conducted by researchers from TU Delft, Erasmus University Rotterdam, RIVM, Maastricht University and Roskilde University.
17 December 2020
Delft researchers chart the potential risks of 'free-floating DNA'
We don’t realize it, but loose strands of DNA end up in nature via our wastewater. As of yet, it is unclear how much this 'free-floating DNA' impacts environmental and public health. Researchers at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) have now found a way to determine just how much potentially harmful DNA ends up in our wastewater. They have developed a method that can isolate such ‘free floating DNA’ from wastewater, which gives them the means to determine the extent of the problem. The results of their work will officially be printed in Water Research in February 2021, but have already been pre-published online.
09 December 2020
Existing neighbourhoods energy-neutral thanks to innovative solar heat network
A solar heat network has proven to be technically and financially feasible for making existing neighbourhoods more sustainable and natural gas-free, as demonstrated by a consortium led by TU Delft
09 December 2020
ERC Consolidator grants for TU Delft researchers
The ERC has awarded a Consolidator Grant to Stan Brouns, Kristof Cools and Simon Gröblacher from TU Delft. With this support, they will be able to consolidate their teams and have farreaching impact. It was the first ERC Consolidator Grant application process that was conducted completely online.
08 December 2020
2020 edX Prize for TU Delft online course on energy-neutral buildings
Andy van den Dobbelsteen, Eric van den Ham and Tess Blom (Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment) are the winners of the 2020 edX Prize for Exceptional Contributions in Online Teaching and Learning, with their online course “Zero-Energy Design: an approach to make your building sustainable”. Their MOOC is designed to help participants figure out which energy measures can be applied to make their buildings (more) sustainable and zero-energy consuming.
07 December 2020
SURF Education Award for Willem van Valkenburg
Willem van Valkenburg, Executive Director of the TU Delft Extension School received the SURF Education Award 2020 for his outstanding contribution to educational innovation nationally and internationally.
04 December 2020
Professor Ronald Hanson appointed Distinguished Professor in Quantum Computing and Quantum Internet
Professor Ronald Hanson of the Faculty of Applied Sciences (AS) and the QuTech Institute has been appointed Distinguished Professor in Quantum Computing and Quantum Internet.
03 December 2020
TU Delft appoints ‘Pro Vice-Rector’ of AI, Data and Digitalisation
The Executive Board of TU Delft has appointed Professor Geert-Jan Houben as Pro Vice-Rector Magnificus of Artificial Intelligence, Data and Digitalisation (PVR AI) with effect from 1 December 2020. In this role Houben will be leading the TU Delft AI Initiative and promoting regional, national and international co-operation on this theme.
02 December 2020
TU Delft software for determining contagion risk for specific locations
TU Delft professor of aerodynamics Fulvio Scarano, together with fluid mechanics expert Lorenzo Botto and simulation expert Wouter van den Bos, has developed software to calculate the risk of Covid-19 contagion at specific locations. The model virtually places a sick person in the space in question and simulates how quickly virus particles spread. The TU Delft researchers hope that designers will use the software to make predictions for determining whether an aircraft, classroom or restaurant, for example, is safe. The plug-in will probably become available in February.
01 December 2020
Delft researchers develop blood oxygenation sensor for premature babies
Doctors have to keep a close eye on babies that are born prematurely, and brain oxygenation is perhaps the most important thing to monitor. Up to 50 percent of premature babies suffer brain damage, leading to neurological problems. Researchers at Delft University of Technology have now developed a wireless sensor that monitors the health of the baby's brain in a simple, inexpensive and comfortable way for the child.
01 December 2020
Researchers peer deep inside tissue
One of the challenges in optical imaging is imaging the inside of tissue in high resolution. Traditional methods allow us to look to a depth of approximately one millimetre. Researchers at Delft University of Technology have now developed a new method that can penetrate up to four times as deep: up to around four millimetres. The healthcare sector in particular may benefit from the new technique in the future.
25 November 2020
TU Delft partner in nine NWA-ORC consortia
TU Delft researchers will work together in ten consortia with the entire knowledge chain and societal organisations
23 November 2020
Photovoltatronics: smart solar cells that talk to each other
Imagine you’re looking at a skyscraper. Every single piece of their surface is generating and storing its own electricity!
20 November 2020
Team ZED from the Delft University of Technology has won 4TU Impact Challenge
Team ZED has won the Dutch 4TU Impact Challenge and goes to the World Expo in Dubai.
20 November 2020
Research into face mask leakage
Philomena Bluyssen and Marco Ortiz are developing a method in the SenseLab to compare leakage rates in different non-medical face masks. Up to now the NEN standard does not contain such a test.
18 November 2020
Majority of Dutch people not lining up for COVID-19 vaccine
An effective and safe COVID-19 vaccine is on the horizon. Still, a majority of people in the Netherlands say they’d rather not take a vaccine as soon as it becomes available, but wait instead. They are concerned about the potential risks of the vaccine. This conclusion comes from analysis of a choice experiment among a representative sample from the Dutch population. The experiment was done by researchers from Dutch universities (TU Delft, University of Maastricht, Erasmus University Rotterdam), the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment as well as Roskilde University.
18 November 2020
Alliance of top universities urge G20 leaders to prioritise net zero emissions
An international coalition of leading climate research universities, including TU Delft, has issued its first declaration ahead of the G20 Summit on 21 and 22 November 2020.
17 November 2020
Georgios Andreadis: TU Delft Best Graduate
Today, at the online TU Delft Best Graduate Award Ceremony 2020, eight recently graduated engineers presented their research and results of their excellent master thesis. Georgios Andreadis, graduate of the Faculty of EEMCS received the prestigious title TU Delft Best Graduate.
12 November 2020
More efficient conversion of heat into electricity by tinkering with nanostructure
Researchers TU Delft have not only been able to explain how nano-structures in thermoelectric materials can improve energy efficiency but they also propose a commercially more attractive way to manufacture nano-structured thermoelectric materials, increasing the chances for mass-production of thermoelectric energy. Their results were published in Nano Energy.
10 November 2020
TU Delft maritime hydrogen drone flies longer and greener
Researchers at TU Delft together with the Royal Netherlands Navy and the Dutch Coastguard service developed a hydrogen-powered drone that is capable of vertical take-off and landing whilst also being able to fly horizontally efficiently for several hours, much like regular aircraft.
05 November 2020
Fourteen TU Delft researchers receive Veni grant
The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has awarded a Veni grant worth up to 250,000 euros to fourteen highly promising young TU Delft scientists.
05 November 2020
TU Delft Nominator for The Earthshot Prize
On 1 November the search for the first winners of The Earthshot Prize began. Taking inspiration from President John F. Kennedy’s Moonshot, the Earthshot Prize is a prestigious global environment prize, aiming to find new solutions to the world’s biggest environmental problems.
04 November 2020
Vidi grants for four leading TU Delft researchers
The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has awarded four TU Delft researchers a Vidi grant worth 800,000 euros.
02 November 2020
Flags at half-mast for free and safe education
On Monday 2 November, French schools will commemorate the attack on Samuel Paty and with that the attack on free and safe education. That is why the flags on Dutch university buildings, including those of TU Delft, will also be flying at half-mast. Pieter Duisenberg, President of the Association of Universities in the Netherlands: “The horrific murder of Samuel Paty unfortunately shows once again that we must continue to stress the importance of freedom of speech. This is a great good, certainly in education, for which we must all stand firm. Teachers worldwide must be able to do their job without fear or pressure.”
02 November 2020
Eight Best Graduates nominated for TU Delft Best Graduates 2020
Today, 3 November 2020, Delft University Fund announced the eight TU Delft Best Graduates 2020. Each year, TU Delft’s eight faculties nominate their Best Graduate. On 17 November, during the TU Delft Best Graduate Award Ceremony 2020, one of these eight nominees will receive the prestigious title TU Delft Best Graduate 2020.
30 October 2020
Delft student numbers increase despite coronavirus
TU Delft continues to attract increasing numbers of students. At the start of October, provisional figures showed that there were 27,256 registered students, compared to 26,187 last year – a rise of approximately 4 percent, slightly lower than the national trend.
29 October 2020
Night Watch scanned in 3D for the first time
28 October 2020
Cybercriminals don’t simply buy their technology off the shelf
The fear that cybercriminals can easily purchase the technical capabilities they need on underground marketplaces is unfounded
28 October 2020
Super asphalt lasts longer
Asphalt concrete is a great material for road surfacing purposes but it’s not always the most sustainable of options. Sandra Erkens, professor of Pavement Engineering Practice, is looking for ways of predicting and extending the lifespan of both existing and new pavement materials. Epoxy asphalt may well hold the key to more durable road surfaces. The end of October should see the start of the construction of a trial section on a Noord-Holland road to put the new super asphalt through its paces.
26 October 2020
Three million enrolments for online courses at TU Delft
The MOOCs give people around the world access to TU Delft’s teaching.
13 October 2020
Ground mussel shells for 3D printing
Marita Sauerwein shows that 3D printing and reprinting using locally sourced sustainable and natural raw materials is a viable option in a circular economy.
01 October 2020
‘AI hub Zuid-Holland’ takes off
The region Zuid-Holland will be setting up the ‘AI hub Zuid-Holland’. This network organisation will be realising a single point of contact for business and knowledge institutes in South Holland who want to work with Artificial Intelligence (AI).
29 September 2020
Driving behaviour less ‘robotic’ thanks to new Delft model
Researchers from TU Delft have now developed a new model that describes driving behaviour on the basis of one underlying ‘human’ principle: managing the risk below a threshold level.
21 September 2020
What if we all share our rides?
With just a few clicks associate professor Oded Cats empties the streets of Amsterdam of all cars. In a simulation model, that is. ‘Now what if we ban Uber? Or allow only trams or bike sharing services?’ From his office in the CEG faculty building Cats is experimenting with a complex computer model.
18 September 2020
Brunel and TU Delft are joining forces
Secondment agency Brunel and TU Delft will work closely together in the field of talent and innovation.
17 September 2020
TU Delft students win James Dyson Award 2020 with easy-to-repair glass speaker
Six industrial design engineering students from Delft University of Technology have won the Dutch edition of the James Dyson Award with Ammos: a fully recyclable home audio system that produces crystal clear sound with a sheet of glass. With their sustainable design they hope to stimulate recycling and give everyone the chance to easily repair their audio system.