While completing your graduation project, you will engage in research within a research group that is active in a field related to your study. This research frequently focuses on an issue that the group is addressing. You will have the opportunity to draw on the resources of a number of outstanding research facilities involved in activities related to applied physics. Within the Faculty of Applied Sciences, there are five research departments involved with work in applied physics.
Research in the department of Bionanoscience focuses on probing the single cell in all its complexity and in relation to utilising its full potential. The faculty in the department of Bionanoscience spans the entire range from cellular biology and biochemistry, to nanoprobes and microscopy development. The unifying theme is the fundamental exploration and engineering of the single cell. It is their ambitious aim to study, measure and understand all the key molecules, components, interactions and pathways that are present in a single living cell. Who are the players? What are their roles? And how do they interact? Answering these questions calls for basic research with a long-term perspective at the interfaces between the various disciplines.
Chemical Engineering (ChemE)
Physicists in the department of Chemical Engineering work on energy engineering (optoelectronic materials, materials for energy conversion and storage) and transport processes and fluid mechanics to study the transport of mass, momentum and heat, on different length and time scales, in physical and chemical processes related to advanced materials processing, energy conversion and storage, and health.
Imaging Physics (ImPhys)
The department of Imaging Physics (ImPhys) deals with the development of new image acquisition and processing systems as well as the quantitative analysis of two-, three-, and four-dimensional images created with such systems. ImPhys performs cutting-edge research in imaging science to advance the fundamental understanding of physical phenomena, leading to new innovative imaging principles and revolutionary imaging instruments. The department focuses on biomedical technology, nanofabrication and nanoscopy, and wave technology.
Quantum Nanoscience (QN) and QuTech
The department of Quantum Nanoscience (QN) studies quantum phenomena and exploits novel principles in nanostructured devices. The unusual behaviour of the quantum world is revealed in delicate experiments, geared towards developing building blocks for devices with unprecedented functionality and scale. The QN department is closely connected to the QuTech research labs. QuTech – a collaboration founded by TU Delft and TNO – is an advanced research centre for quantum computing and quantum internet.
Radiation Science and Technology (RST)
As its name suggests, all activities at the department of Radiation Science and Technology (RST) revolve around the concept of radiation. The focus of the department’s research is on energy and health. While the topics addressed – materials, sensors and instrumentation, energy and sustainable production, and health – vary widely, all the research within this department is somehow related to radiation.