18 March 2022
ERC Consolidator grants and starting grant for TU Delft researchers
TU Delft researchers Akira Endo (EWI) and Daniel Tam (3mE) have been awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant. Javier Alonso-Mora has been awarded an ERC Starting Grant. These European grants are awarded to ambitious ‘frontier research’ projects that last five years.
17 March 2022
Delft students develop solution to improve the sustainability of 847,000 old flats
Many of the older ‘portiekflats’ (blocks of flats with a shared access stairwell) that are common throughout the Netherlands consume a vast amount of energy and therefore often end up being demolished. However, this type of flat does not necessarily have to disappear from the streetscape. Symbiotic Urban Movement (SUM) – a team of students from TU Delft – devised a plan to sustainably transform all 847,000 portiekflats in the Netherlands and to create more homes
17 March 2022
Spotlight on aggressive cancer cells
Metastases in cancer are often caused by a few abnormal cells. These behave more aggressively than the other cancer cells in a tumour. Miao-Ping Chien and Daan Brinks are working together, from two different universities, on a method to detect these cells. Their research has now been published in Nature.
15 March 2022
Vici grants for two leading TU Delft researchers
The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has awarded two TU Delft researchers a Vici grant of up to 1.5 million euros. This will enable them to develop an innovative line of research and further expand their own research group for a period of five years. Vici is one of the largest personal scientific grants in the Netherlands and is aimed at advanced researchers.
28 February 2022
Three anniversary events that accelerate the energy transition
In the fight against climate change the energy transition is a crucial weapon. That is why “speeding up the energy transition” is the theme of TU Delft's anniversary year – a year in which the university will reflect on its role in the energy transition, and in particular on how to accelerate it. The three events below are being organised as part of the anniversary year.
25 February 2022
Delft scientists present “green” series of children's lectures
We generate more and more electricity from solar panels and windmills, but what if there is no wind and the sun is not shining? Will you still be able to charge your phone? This is one of the many questions that will be addressed in a brand new series of lectures by the MuseumJeugdUniversiteit. For this "green" series – made especially for children between the ages of 8 and 12 – this long-term collaboration between MuseumJeugdUniversteit and Science Centre Delft travels to the TU Delft campus, which celebrates its 180th anniversary this year.
24 February 2022
TU Delft develops a car that can ‘look into the future’ with smart eco mode
Together with Renault, Delft robot engineers developed the Proactive Eco Mode, a new system that enables drivers to reach the desired speed faster, based on predictions of the future, while maintaining the eco fuel benefits. They have successfully demonstrated the system on French roads.
21 February 2022
TU Delft and HyET Solar strengthen their partnership – in lightweight, flexible and ubiquitous thin-film solar foil
Solar foil represents the future. It can be applied in countless and unique ways – all the way from integrating it into traditional roof tiles through to creating new large-scale solar parks that reduce the price of our electricity. By signing a new four-year research contract, TU Delft and HyET Solar have sped up the introduction of the next generation of solar foil, bringing this vision of the future a significant step closer.
09 February 2022
First round of ELSA Labs awarded
TU Delft will work in two of the five ELSA Labs that have been awarded in the NWA call 'Human AI for an inclusive society - towards an ecosystem of trust'. In these two ELSA Labs ('Ethical, Legal and Societal Aspects') researchers, the government and businesses are working on knowledge about the development and application of reliable, human-centred AI in the fields of Defence and Public Safety respectively.
08 February 2022
The TU Delft Executive Board has received a fresh internal report regarding possible irregularities in a few publications on Majorana research. It has been suggested that there may have been irregularities in data processing by one or more of the authors. These possible irregularities were found by some of the other authors following questions from scientists outside TU Delft.
04 February 2022
TU Delft’s new programme of MOOCs aims to speed up the energy transition
On 8 February 2022, TU Delft launches a programme of four new massive open online courses on Intelligent and Integrated Energy Systems.
03 February 2022
Knowledge institutes join forces to research climate change and air pollution using satellites
The KNMI, TNO, SRON and Delft University of Technology will collaborate on research and technology development in the field of earth observation.
02 February 2022
TU Delft campus climate neutral by 2030
By 2030, TU Delft aims to be operating in a completely sustainable manner. All activities on and from the campus will then be carbon neutral, circular, climate adaptive and contributing to the quality of life for its users and for nature. Together with all staff, students and partners of the university, sustainability coordinator Andy van den Dobbelsteen is working hard to realize this ambition. Everyone can follow the progress on a new website.
27 January 2022
A ‘treasure map’ to find meteorites in Antarctica
Meteorites are samples from space that can be found as stone-like material on the surface of the Earth. Once recovered, meteorites provide crucial information on the formation and evolution of our Solar System. Which in turn is important for research into the origins of our planet, and of life on Earth. The scientists’ new calculations suggest that more than 300,000 meteorites are still present, with enormous scientific potential, but until now they have been difficult to find.
24 January 2022
TU Delft's Reactor Institute takes another step forward as a testing ground for innovation
The Reactor Institute Delft (RID) continuously invests in better measuring methods and techniques in order to facilitate pioneering research. We have accelerated this with the OYSTER (Optimised Yield - for Science, Technology & Education - of Radiation) programme.
21 January 2022
TU Delft supercomputer officially opened
As of 2022, TU Delft will have its own supercomputer: DelftBlue. The official opening of this DelftBlue supercomputer was on Thursday, January 20th. Researchers, students and education can use the computing power of the Delft High Performance Computing Centre (DHPC) to solve and calculate complex societal issues.
20 January 2022
Delft students present new sustainable hydrogen-powered racing car
TU Delft students presented their latest hydrogen-powered racing car on the Scheveningen Pier last Tuesday. With its top speed of 300 kilometers per hour, the 'Forze IX' is expected to compete with Porsches and Lamborghinis on the Zandvoort circuit and definitively break the spell for hydrogen in the automotive industry.
17 January 2022
Effectiveness of 2G and 3G has declined
At the request of the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, researchers from TU Delft, UMC Utrecht and Populytics investigated the extent to which the various types of COVID certificates (coronatoegangsbewijs, CTB) can help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in society. The 3G (vaccinated, recovered, tested) and 2G (vaccinated, recovered) rules are currently a lot less effective in curbing the spread of the virus than they were two months ago. A 1G policy (only people who have recently tested negative are given access) is much more effective. But, even if a 1G policy were to be introduced today, the reproduction number would not drop below 1.0.
14 January 2022
TU Delft anniversary dedicated to energy transition
On Friday 14 January, TU Delft celebrated its 180th Dies Natalis, or birthday. The university has chosen ‘speeding up the energy transition’ as theme for the anniversary celebrations, which will continue over 180 days after Friday’s official Dies Natalis ceremony.
13 January 2022
SpaceX launches TU Delft mini-satellite: will it survive in space?
During the Transporter-3 satellite launch by SpaceX on 13 January from Cape Canaveral a small satellite from Delft will also travel into space. The DelfiPQ is one of the smallest satellites in the world.
11 January 2022
ERC Starting Grant for four TU Delft researchers
The European Research Council (ERC) has announced the ERC Starting Grants for young researchers. Four of them are scientists from TU Delft. This European grant of €1.5 million for a five-year programme is intended to enable individual scientists to build their own teams and conduct groundbreaking research.
10 January 2022
TU Delft builds decarbonised energy system for the built environment
The energy transition will be felt most keenly in residential areas, where there are major challenges. . At The Green Village – the field lab for sustainable innovation on the TU Delft Campus – a unique project to accelerate the energy transition in the built environment will start on Friday 14 January: the 24/7 Energy Lab.
07 January 2022
Dies Natalis TU Delft
On 8 January, 2022, TU Delft celebrates its 180th anniversary. We will mark this on 14 January during our Dies Natalis ceremony, when we will also kick-off of our anniversary year. From that day on, everyone can participate in a 180-day anniversary programme devoted to the energy transition.
21 December 2021
Impact study shows North/South metro line to be the ‘backbone’ of Amsterdam’s public transport network
The four-year study conducted by TU Delft, AMS Institute and others into the transport-related, spatial and economic effects of the North/South metro line is now complete and was recently presented to Amsterdam’s regional and City councils.
16 December 2021
Veni grants for seven leading TU Delft researchers
The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has awarded 89 highly promising young scientists from the ENW and ZonMw domain a Veni grant worth up to 280,000 euros. The grant provides the laureates with the opportunity to further elaborate their own ideas during a period of three years.
13 December 2021
Ronald Hanson wins Physica Prize 2022
The Physica Prize 2022 has been awarded to Ronald Hanson, distinguished professor in quantum computing and quantum internet at TU Delft and group leader at QuTech. According to the Nederlandse Natuurkundige Vereniging, he deserves the prize for several reasons.
12 December 2021
The landslide forecast coming to you from space
Catching the breeze may bring you gold but sail too close to the wind and you’ll miss the boat. Combined with a sailor’s intuition meteorologist Sukanta Basu’s highly detailed wind forecast may well help the Dutch sailing team secure a win at the Olympics this year.
09 December 2021
Irene Dedoussi new member of the Young Academy 2022
The Young Academy is welcoming ten new members. They are researchers who work in a variety of disciplines, have been selected for their scientific achievements, and received their doctorates less than ten years ago. One of them is Dr. Irene Dedoussi, Associate Professor in the field of climate impact of aviation.
07 December 2021
Collaborating with China: in search of balance
“Partnering with China has pros and cons – it is not a black and white situation”, said Tim van der Hagen, President of the Executive Board of TU Delft at the recently held symposium on 9 November. “There are risks, and people worry about knowledge protection, about dual use. It is important that together and in dialogue with external parties and experts, we help our researchers find the right balance for their specific joint project. A symposium like this one and the China Tools living document our university developed earlier this year are a real, concrete help in navigating the waters of academic collaboration with China”.
02 December 2021
Climate adaptation of households compared internationally
The climate is changing, not only in the Netherlands, but far beyond as well. The UN climate conference in Glasgow in 2021 had a clear message: climate adaptation is required of everyone; from governments to individuals around the world. Researchers from Delft University of Technology and Twente University investigated the drivers of what motivates or hinders people in different cultures in climate adaptation. The results were published in the scientific journal Nature Climate Change.
30 November 2021
The formation of kidney stones on a microscale
Researchers from TU Delft developed a method to watch the formation of kidney stones on a microscale, in a so called microfluidic platform. By slightly adjusting the pH and the concentration of specific minerals, the formation could be slowed down or inhibited completely. The research is now published in Biomicrofluidics.
24 November 2021
TU Delft creates one of the world’s most precise microchip sensors – thanks to a spiderweb
A team of researchers from TU Delft managed to design one of the world’s most precise microchip sensors; the device can function at room temperature – a ‘holy grail’ for quantum technologies and sensing.
23 November 2021
Universities of the Netherlands present Lifelong Learning Platform
On 23 November, a new national course catalogue for lifelong learning www.universitairdoorleren.nl was launched. This joint project of all VSNU (Association of Universities) member institutions is led by Delft University of Technology and the Open University, and aims to provide a comprehensive overview of all post-graduate education on offer in the Netherlands for adults and professionals wishing to continue their education.
22 November 2021
New platform opens quantum networking to everyone
Starting today, everyone can freely access Quantum Network Explorer (QNE) to experiment with quantum networks. QNE is developed by QuTech—a collaboration between Delft University of Technology and TNO—and specifically aimed at researchers, students, software developers and future users of quantum network applications.
19 November 2021
Delft scientists put the spotlight on combined capture and conversion of CO2
CO2 can be electrochemically converted into valuable chemicals and fuels. Both capturing and converting CO2 do, however, require a lot of energy. An optimal combination of both processes can save a lot of energy and reduce the loss of materials. The TU Delft research group of David Vermaas recently published a paper in Nature Catalyses, summarising the various ideas on how to achieve this.
18 November 2021
The Best Tech Idea of 2021: processor and memory in one
Said Hamdioui's 'computation-in-memory' is the Best Tech Idea of 2021 according to the jury of KIJK magazine. The jury praised Said's computer architecture for making numerous new innovations possible: "the Internet of Things requires large amounts of computers that all must be very energy-efficient. Memristors can be the basis for this and that makes this idea, however young, very important."
17 November 2021
Delft Design alumnus Jerry de Vos wins James Dyson Award sustainability prize
With his Plastic Scanner, Jerry de Vos has designed a handheld device that can tell you quickly what kind of plastic something is made of. Knowing this is crucial for better reuse and recycling of the growing worldwide plastic waste.
11 November 2021
Zhuo-ming Shia: TU Delft Best Graduate
Today, at the online TU Delft Best Graduate Award Ceremony 2021, eight recently graduated engineers presented their research and results of their excellent master thesis. Zhuo-ming Shia, graduate of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment received the prestigious title TU Delft Best Graduate 2021.
11 November 2021
The North Sea is ready for its close-up
09 November 2021
Looking between the hidden layers of The Night Watch
TU Delft researchers Andrei Anisimov, Roger Groves and Nan Tao used their special research equipment in the Rijksmuseum last week, to make the invisible structure of The Night Watch visible.