03 September 2021
Spinoza Prize for Lieven Vandersypen
NWO has announced that Professor Lieven Vandersypen (TU Delft/QuTech) has been awarded the Spinoza Prize, the highest award in Dutch Science.
02 September 2021
Stronger is not always better
Rather than one key and one strong lock, biology often uses tens or hundreds of weaker links to bind parts together, such as cells membranes. This allows for selectivity and also reversibility: the binding can also be undone. Researcher Christine Linne and colleagues from Leiden University, TU Delft and Imperial College London first caught this phenomenon using spheres or colloids, and published September 1st in the journal PNAS.
30 August 2021
Catch me if you can: a revolutionary method to study single proteins
Researchers from the technical universities of Delft and Munich have invented a new type of molecular trap that can hold a single protein in place for hours to study its natural behavior – a million times longer than before.
26 August 2021
New CRISPR-Cas system cuts virus RNA
Researchers from the group of Stan Brouns (Delft University of Technology) have discovered a new CRISPR-Cas system that cuts RNA. The study will be published on August 26 in Science and is expected to offer many opportunities for the development of new applications in genetic research and biotechnology.
06 August 2021
New yeast species could make biotechnology more sustainable
Yeasts usually need oxygen to reproduce. However, researchers at TU Delft have now come across a highly unusual species of yeast that is capable of rapid growth even without oxygen. How does it do that? By replacing an essential component of the normal yeast cell with a surrogate molecule. In theory, this discovery could make the industrial production of beer and biofuels using yeasts more sustainable and efficient. The results of this study have been published in the scientific journal PNAS.
03 August 2021
Olympic Games update: four medals for our elite athletes
Our elite athletes have performed magnificently, winning no fewer than four medals in total! Roos de Jong (rowing) and Annete Duetz (sailing) both won bronze and Stef Broenink (rowing) and Ellen Hogerwerg (rowing) won silver. The other elite athletes can also be proud of their results. Laila Youssifou (rowing) came in sixth, Victoria Pelova (football) played three matches in which she scored two goals, and Justen Blok (hockey) was included as a reserve player but was able to play two games after all.
29 July 2021
Kick-starting supersonic waves in antiferromagnets
Atomically thin van der Waals magnets are widely seen as the ultimately compact media for future magnetic data storage and fast data processing. Controlling the magnetic state of these materials in real-time, however, has proven difficult. But now, an international team of researchers led by Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) has managed to use light in order to change the anisotropy of a van der Waals antiferromagnet on demand, paving the way to new, extremely efficient means of data storage.
23 July 2021
The story behind the posters in Mekelpark
If you were on campus between 14 and 18 June, you cannot have failed to see the long series of posters in Mekelpark showing the broad spectrum of Systems Engineering. From fast food delivery drones to jellyfish alarms and smart beehives. But where did the posters come from?
19 July 2021
Chirlmin Joo appointed Full Professor
The Executive Board of TU Delft has decided to appoint Chirlmin Joo (Department of Bionanoscience) as Full Professor of Single Molecule Biophysics.
06 July 2021
Teachers of the Year 2021 of TNW announced
During an online presentation on 6 July, Dean Paulien Herder and Director of Education Chris Kleijn announced the Teachers of the Year of the Faculty of Applied Sciences. The winners are: Wim Bouwman (AP), Tom Burdyny (MST & CE), Caroline Wehrmann (SEC), Frank Hollmann (LST) and Margreet Docter (NB). Tom Burdyny was also named Teacher of the Year for the entire Faculty of Applied Sciences.