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28 March 2018

Scientists discover function of Cas4 protein in CRISPR-Cas defence systems

Scientists discover function of Cas4 protein in CRISPR-Cas defence systems

25 March 2018

Inaudible infrasound also useful for weather and climate forecasts

Inaudible infrasound also useful for weather and climate forecasts

Research by Pieter Smets of TU Delft and the KNMI shows that infrasound can be used for weather and climate forecasts. These inaudible low sound waves can be used to gain a better picture of the stratosphere, which can barely be measured in any other way. On Wednesday 28 March, Smets will be awarded his PhD at TU Delft for his work on this subject.

23 March 2018

Direct high-speed charging of electric cars by solar panels

Direct high-speed charging of electric cars by solar panels

Researcher Gautham Ram Chandra Mouli developed a system which charges electric cars quickly and directly using solar power. On Monday 26 March, he will be awarded his PhD at TU Delft for his work on this subject.

23 March 2018

TU Delft receives Open Education Award for Strategic Framework 2018-2024

TU Delft receives Open Education Award for Strategic Framework 2018-2024

The international Open Education Consortium is honouring TU Delft with an Open Education Award in the Open Policies category.

22 March 2018

Potassium gives new generation perovskite-based solar cells an efficiency boost

Potassium gives new generation perovskite-based solar cells an efficiency boost

A simple potassium solution could boost the efficiency of next-generation solar cells, by enabling them to convert more sunlight into electricity.

22 March 2018

2018 Stockholm Water Prize for TU Delft biotech pioneer Mark van Loosdrecht

Professors Mark van Loosdrecht (Delft University of Technology) and Bruce Rittmann (Arizona State University) are named the 2018 Stockholm Water Prize Laureates for revolutionizing water and wastewater treatment. By developing microbiological processes in wastewater treatment, they have demonstrated the possibilities to cut costs, reduce energy consumption and even recover chemicals and nutrients for recycling. Their pioneering research and innovations have led to a new generation of energy-efficient water treatment processes that can effectively extract nutrients and other chemicals – both valuable and harmful - from wastewater.

22 March 2018

PME researcher Nima Tolou wins Prins Friso Engineering Award

PME researcher Nima Tolou wins Prins Friso Engineering Award

He received the Prince Friso Engineering Award at the University of Groningen’s Engineering Center in the presence of Princess Beatrix and Princess Mabel.

21 March 2018

Mystery of superior Leeuwenhoek microscope solved after 350 years

Mystery of superior Leeuwenhoek microscope solved after 350 years

Researchers from TU Delft and Rijksmuseum Boerhaave have solved an age-old mystery surrounding Antonie van Leeuwenhoek’s microscopes.

15 March 2018

Increasingly accurate picture of accelerating rise in sea levels

Increasingly accurate picture of accelerating rise in sea levels

Rising sea levels are affected by all kinds of different factors, most of which we can now effectively unravel and explain almost everywhere in the world. This is according to TU Delft researcher Thomas Frederikse, who has also established that the average rise in sea levels worldwide is accelerating. Moreover, the days on earth are becoming slightly longer... Frederikse will be awarded his doctorate on Monday, 19 March.

09 March 2018

Jan Dirk Jansen appointed as dean CEG

TU Delft’s Executive Board has appointed Professor Jan Dirk Jansen as Dean of the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences (CEG) with effect from 1 May 2018. Jan Dirk Jansen succeeds professor Bert Geerken, who will retire in May 2018.

05 March 2018

TU Delft scans painting Girl with a Pearl Earring by Vermeer

TU Delft scans painting Girl with a Pearl Earring by Vermeer

Last week an extensive two week scanning project of the painting Girl with a Pearl Earring - the Dutch Mona Lisa, some say - started at the Mauritshuis. The latest scanning techniques are used, and the audience can follow every step of the process. TU Delft researchers play a major part in this project, and this week their efforts can be followed on the TU Delft Instagram account.

02 March 2018

Wind energy: driving down costs

Wind energy: driving down costs

Despite its recent growth, there’s still a lot of room for cost reductions in wind energy. That’s the view given by prof.dr. Simon Watson in his inaugural lecture at TU Delft on Friday March 2nd.

28 February 2018

Professor Rob F. Mudde new Vice Rector Magnificus/Vice President Education TU Delft

Professor Rob F. Mudde has been appointed Vice Rector Magnificus/Vice President of Education (VRM/VPE), also vice-chairman, of the Executive Board of TU Delft. The Supervisory Board has appointed Rob Mudde with effect from 1 March 2018.

28 February 2018

Ten subjects in Top 50 of QS World University Rankings by Subject

In the World University Rankings by Subject 2018 published today, TU Delft has two subjects in the top ten: ‘Architecture’ (3) and ‘Civil Engineering’ (4). Ten subjects at TU Delft are in the world top 50.

23 February 2018

Marnix Wagemaker receives Vici for battery research

Marnix Wagemaker receives Vici for battery research

Dr. ir. Marnix Wagemaker will receive a Vici grant from NWO. Wagemaker is getting this grant, which amounts to 1.5 million euros, to investigate the inner workings of batteries. Among other things, the researcher aims to find out why the storage capacity achieved by the current generation of batteries is lagging behind that which should theoretically be feasible. An additional 250.000 euros of in-kind contributions will be provided by companies that are involved in the research.

22 February 2018

Loops, loops, and more loops: This is how your DNA gets organised

Loops, loops, and more loops: This is how your DNA gets organised

Researchers from the Kavli Institute of Delft University and EMBL Heidelberg now managed for the first time to isolate and film and witnessed—in real time—how a single protein complex called condensin reels in DNA to extrude a loop.

15 February 2018

Programming on a silicon quantum chip

Quantum technology makes a great leap forward. While scientists can control a few qubits with great reliability, it doesn’t yet look like a real computer. Useful quantum chips require programmability: the ability to perform an arbitrary set of operations. Scientists from QuTech in Delft have now realised a programmable two-qubit quantum processor in silicon successfully implementing two quantum algorithms. They have published their work in the magazine Nature.

12 February 2018

Designing and testing medical instruments without expensive prototypes

Complex new medical instruments often do not make it beyond the expensive and time-consuming prototype phase. With this in mind, Ewout Arkenbout developed a new, virtual development method allowing for instruments to be evaluated and adjusted at an earlier stage. On Monday 12 February, Arkenbout will be awarded his PhD at TU Delft for his work on this subject.

07 February 2018

Mathematics explains why Crispr-Cas9 sometimes cuts the wrong DNA

Mathematics explains why Crispr-Cas9 sometimes cuts the wrong DNA

The discovery of the Cas9 protein has been of great value to medical science. It has simplified gene editing tremendously, and may even make it possible to eliminate many hereditary diseases in the near future. Using Cas9, researchers have the ability to cut DNA in a cell to correct mutated genes, or paste new pieces of genetic material into the newly opened spot. Initially, the Crispr-Cas9 system seemed to be extremely accurate. But unfortunately, it is now apparent that Cas9 sometimes also cuts other DNA sequences similar to the exact sequences it was programmed to target. Scientists at Delft University of Technology have developed a mathematical model that explains why Cas9 cuts some DNA sequences while leaving others alone.

05 February 2018

The quest to find the optimal speed skating technique

The quest to find the optimal speed skating technique

In her search to determine the optimal speed skating technique, doctoral candidate Eline van der Kruk developed a dynamic computer model of a skater and instrumented clap skates. In the future, these will make it possible to offer skaters and coaches real-time visual feedback during training sessions. On Thursday 8 February, the day before the start of the Winter Olympics, Van der Kruk will be awarded her PhD at TU Delft for her work on this subject.

01 February 2018

Clive Brown of Oxford Nanopore at Bioengineering Institute kickoff

On Tuesday 27 March, TU Delft will launch the Delft Bioengineering Institute. Main speaker is Clive Brown, Chief Technology Officer at DNA sequencing specialist Oxford Nanopore Technologies.

01 February 2018

Impact for a better society: TU Delft Strategic Framework 2018-2024

Impact for a better society: TU Delft Strategic Framework 2018-2024

On 12 January, during the 176th Dies Natalis, the new strategic plan for TU Delft was presented, the Strategic Framework 2018-2024.

31 January 2018

Dutch drone first to map pristine national park in half a century

Dutch drone first to map pristine national park in half a century

ATMOS UAV, a start-up company from the faculty of Aerospace Engineering, announced on 31 January that their drone Marlyn was used to chart the tropical island of Silhouette in the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean.

30 January 2018

Fiery romance: a risk-model for sky lanterns

Fiery romance: a risk-model for sky lanterns

This week it’s Valentine’s Day as well as Chinese New Year. A popular week for flying sky lanterns. How safe are they and how do you make a risk-model for them? Michiel Schuurman and Derek Gransden looked into it.

25 January 2018

From spin to light: two Delft scientists separately bring together two worlds

From spin to light: two Delft scientists separately bring together two worlds

Two groups of scientists from TU Delft in the field of quantum nanotechnology have, independently of one another, found a way to convert spin information to light. The groups are led by professors Kobus Kuipers and Lieven Vandersypen, who both work at the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience. Their research has been published in Science. The discovery by Kuipers can lead to green ICT, for example energy-efficient data processing in data centres. The aim of Vandersypen's research is to allow large numbers of qubits on a chip to work together, bringing the quantum computer one step closer.

24 January 2018

GROW programme kicks off with a novel pile installation method ’Gentle Driving of Piles’

GROW programme kicks off with a novel pile installation method ’Gentle Driving of Piles’

The first GROW project, ‘Gentle Driving of Piles’, received the approval of the Dutch RVO for granting a subsidy of 2.7 million euro. This project consortium is led by TU Delft and together with the GROW partners Boskalis, Deltares, DOT, Eneco, Sif, TNO, ECN, Shell, IHC, SHL and Van Oord, they will develop and test a novel pile installation method for offshore wind turbines.

24 January 2018

TU Delft develops virtual coach for patients with post-traumatic stress disorder

TU Delft develops virtual coach for patients with post-traumatic stress disorder

In the future, a virtual coach could make a positive contribution to the therapy of people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), such as war veterans or people who suffered sexual abuse in their youth. Such a coach could motivate people to persist with therapy and help them to recall traumatic memories as part of exposure therapy. The virtual coach was developed by Myrthe Tielman, who will be awarded her PhD at TU Delft on Thursday, 25 January.

23 January 2018

TU Delft scientists work on 3D printed dress designed by Iris van Herpen

TU Delft scientists work on 3D printed dress designed by Iris van Herpen

Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen, who has designed outfits for Lady Gaga and Beyonce, has presented a dress at the Galerie de Minéralogie et de Géologie in Paris that was partly developed by TU Delft scientists.

19 January 2018

Building ‘scaled-down synchrotron’ begun

Building ‘scaled-down synchrotron’ begun

Detecting a hidden layer in a top work of art by Rembrandt, identifying metal fatigue in ships, predicting arteriosclerosis: these are just a few of the possible applications of Smart*Light, a synchrotron that fits on a table. Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology and Delft University of Technology will build and develop this X-ray source within a consortium of other universities and companies. The high-intensity X-ray beam that this device will produce is now only available via large, expensive and scarce facilities. A symposium on Tuesday 23 January gets the research project officially under way.

18 January 2018

Using Hawkeye from the Avengers to communicate on the eye

Using Hawkeye from the Avengers to communicate on the eye

Popular culture characters, such as superheroes like Iron Man, Captain America, Wonder Woman, Batman and Hawkeye, can provide a unique and engaging platform for the communication of difficult scientific concepts. In the classroom, these characters can be used to communicate learning objectives to students in an interesting, fun, and accessible manner by taking advantage of student familiarity with these superhero characters. Hawkeye, a member of the Avengers, is one such superhero who can be utilized by educators, as Barry Fitzgerald of Delft University of Technology (TU Delft, The Netherlands) argues in the article ‘Using Hawkeye from the Avengers to communicate on the eye’, published in the journal Advances in Physiology Education.

15 January 2018

Majoranas on the rise

In 2012, the world of physics was rocked by the first observation of the exotic Majorana quasiparticle, in Leo Kouwenhoven’s laboratory. These particles are a promising candidate for robust quantum bits in a topological quantum computer of the future. A major challenge that lies ahead is how to manufacture usable, error-free quantum chips. By using new manufacturing methods, researchers from QuTech, in collaboration with TU Eindhoven, have successfully observed Majoranas in significantly improved conditions. This rules out alternative explanations and also represents another step towards the topological quantum computer of the future. The researchers published their findings today in Nature Nanotechnology.

15 January 2018

Crowdfunding for 4 inspiring Delft projects

Crowdfunding for 4 inspiring Delft projects

Delft University Fund launches a crowdfunding platform to enable extraordinary projects at TU Delft.

05 January 2018

Discount on online courses for alumni

Discount on online courses for alumni

TU Delft kicks the New Year off with a great offer on online courses. And especially for alumni we have a gift that fits with the New Year’s resolutions: the first 100 participants have the opportunity to follow an online course with 175 euro (or a 25%) discount

02 January 2018

TU Delft researchers develop hybrid meta-biomaterial that can prolong lifespan of hip implants

TU Delft researchers develop hybrid meta-biomaterial that can prolong lifespan of hip implants

It is not something you will find in nature, but it can be created using a 3D printer and existing biomaterials: a hybrid meta-biomaterial that promotes bone growth. TU Delft researchers have developed a meta-implant that combines a conventional meta-biomaterial with an auxetic meta-biomaterial. This is important since – unlike natural materials – auxetics have a negative Poisson’s ratio: when stretched, they become thicker perpendicular to the applied force. The material may therefore be applied in hip implants to ensure their long-term fixation. The TU Delft researchers published their findings in the scientific journal Materials Horizons on 2 January 2018.

21 December 2017

Bart Root Innovative Teaching Talent 2017

Bart Root Innovative Teaching Talent 2017

At the Education Day 2017, Bart Root was awarded the Innovative Teaching Talent 2017 award. Bart currently teaches in the Satellite Tracking and Communications course at the Aerospace Engineering faculty of TU Delft. He also supervises several MSc students in the process of their graduate research. Next to his on-campus education, Bart also teaches in the online course Satellite Orbit Determination.

20 December 2017

Giulia Calabretta Best Lecturer TU Delft 2017

During the TU Delft Education Day , Giulia Calabretta was elected Best Lecturer TU Delft 2017 by a jury of students.

20 December 2017

2018 Dies Natalis to focus on change of rector and on open science

2018 Dies Natalis to focus on change of rector and on open science

The 176th Dies Natalis of TU Delft will be celebrated on Friday 12 January 2018. During this celebration of the anniversary of the university, the role of Rector Magnificus will pass from Karel Luyben to Tim van der Hagen, who is presently President of the Executive Board. The theme of the 176th Dies Natalis is open science and a symposium will take place before the official celebration. The Dies Natalis lecture, entitled ‘Data and Science we can rely on’, will be given by professor of data science Geert-Jan Houben. There will also be a contribution from the Minister of Education, Culture and Science, Ingrid van Engelshoven.

18 December 2017

Drivers of automated vehicles tend to doze off

Drivers of automated vehicles tend to doze off

15 December 2017

First liver cancer patient treated with microspheres irradiated in new TU Delft flexible irradiation facility

First liver cancer patient treated with microspheres irradiated in new TU Delft flexible irradiation facility

The production and distribution of short-lived medical isotopes is a race against time. To be able to get medical isotopes with the required level of radioactivity to the patient, TU Delft researchers have been working closely with Quirem Medical and Radboud UMC*. Today, in Italy, the first liver cancer patient will be treated with special radioactive microspheres that were produced in Delft. This innovative liver cancer treatment is conducted using tiny spheres – about the thickness of a hair – that are packed with the radioisotope Holmium-166. The microspheres are activated in a new flexible irradiation facility that was recently developed by TU Delft’s Reactor Institute Delft (RID).

14 December 2017

SRON Space Research Institute moves to Leiden and Delft

SRON Space Research Institute moves to Leiden and Delft

The SRON Space Research Institute, currently located in Utrecht, is set to move to Zuid-Holland.