While completing your graduation project you will engage in research within a research group active in a field related to your study. This research frequently focuses on an issue which that group is addressing. Students have the opportunity to draw on the resources of a number of outstanding research facilities involved in activities related to applied physics. 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 on utilizing its full potential. The faculty in the department of Bionanoscience spans the entire range from cellular biology and biochemistry on the one hand, to nanoprobes and microscopy development on the other. 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.
Imaging Physics (ImPhys)
The Imaging Physics department 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.
Transport Phenomena (TP)
The Transport Phenomena group in the department of Chemical Engineering studies 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. The main interest is in transport phenomena around solid–fluid, liquid–gas and liquid–liquid interfaces. The group uses both theoretical and computational models, and non-intrusive experiments based on laser and X-ray techniques.
Quantum Nanoscience (QN)
The Quantum Nanoscience department 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.
Radiation Science and Technology (RST)
The RST department is tied together by the concept of radiation. The focus of the research is on energy and health. While the topics addressed – covering materials, sensors and instrumentation, energy and sustainable production and health – vary widely, all the research within this department is somehow related to radiation.