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01 March 2024

TU Delft stresses need for permanent improvement in social safety

TU Delft stresses need for permanent improvement in social safety

In response to the Inspectorate’s report into social safety among employees at the university, TU Delft stresses that social safety deserves priority, ongoing attention and improvement. TU Delft takes the inspectorate's recommendations on board in its improvement process.

29 February 2024

Vici grants for two leading TU Delft researchers

Vici grants for two leading TU Delft researchers

23 February 2024

Fully automated robot team successfully cleans litter from seafloor, next step is to go faster and deeper

Fully automated robot team successfully cleans litter from seafloor, next step is to go faster and deeper

A consortium of European researchers, led by TU Delft, created a functional team of smart robots designed to clean litter from the seafloor. The SeaClear system has successfully passed its last series of tests in both clear and murky waters.

21 February 2024

Freezing electronics to control diamond spin qubits

Freezing electronics to control diamond spin qubits

19 February 2024

Delft researchers take next step towards better batteries with widely available materials

Delft researchers take next step towards better batteries with widely available materials

Delft researchers are developing batteries that can charge faster, offer more stable storage and are made from sustainable materials that are widely available. In doing so, they offer a cheaper alternative to lithium-ion batteries that consist of rare materials and have a high CO2 footprint.

16 February 2024

Green steel programme receives final approval, marking its official start

Green steel programme receives final approval, marking its official start

On 12 February, the Growing with Green Steel programme received official approval for a grant of more than 100 million euros from the National Growth Fund. Around 22 million euros of the total sum is destined for TU Delft. The programme aims to develop scientific knowledge and technology for sustainable steel production.

13 February 2024

Cynthia Liem Receives Women in AI Netherlands Diversity Leader Award

Cynthia Liem Receives Women in AI Netherlands Diversity Leader Award

Cynthia Liem, associate professor of the Intelligent Systems department, has been recognised with the 2024 Women in AI Netherlands Diversity Leader Award. This highlights her contributions to enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusivity within the artificial intelligence (AI) sector.

13 February 2024

Scientists develop new technology to identify individual full-length human proteins

Scientists develop new technology to identify individual full-length human proteins

In a study published in Nature Nanotechnology, scientists from Delft University of Technology present a new technique to identify proteins. Proteins carry out essential functions in our cells, while playing a crucial role in diseases like cancer and COVID-19 infection. The researchers identify proteins by reading out the fingerprint, and comparing the fingerprint to patterns from a database. Using this new technology, the researchers can identify individual, intact, full-length proteins, preserving all its information. This can shed light on the mechanisms behind many different diseases and allows earlier diagnosis.

13 February 2024

Unveiling of plaque and mural at Antoni van Leeuwenhoek's birthplace

Unveiling of plaque and mural at Antoni van Leeuwenhoek's birthplace

2023 marked the 300th anniversary of Antoni van Leeuwenhoek's death at the age of 91. This was widely commemorated in Delft and beyond last year. TU Delft also remembered the father of microbiology in many ways, including the podcast “A world full of secrets”. Of course, the story of Antoni van Leeuwenhoek deserves a wide audience. That is why last year the Royal Dutch Society for Microbiology (KNVM) commissioned a mural and a plaque on the site of Antoni van Leeuwenhoek's birthplace, now De Oostpoort primary school.

12 February 2024

TU Delft receives 2 million for 'Lifelong Learning'

TU Delft receives 2 million for 'Lifelong Learning'

12 February 2024

Projects awarded by the Open Education Stimulation Fund 2023

Projects awarded by the Open Education Stimulation Fund 2023

The Open Science Programme was pleasantly surprised by the number of proposals: 29 were submitted by TU Delft Lecturers.

12 February 2024

Clouds disappear quickly during solar eclipse

Clouds disappear quickly during solar eclipse

Cumulus clouds over land start to disappear almost instantly during a partial solar eclipse. Until recently, satellite measurements during the eclipse resulted in dark spots in the cloud map, but researchers from TU Delft and KNMI were able to recover the satellite measurements by using a new method. The results may have implications for proposed climate engineering ideas, because disappearing clouds can partly oppose the cooling effect of artificial solar eclipses. The results were published today in Nature Communications Earth and Environment.

08 February 2024

New AI tool discovers realistic 'metamaterials' with unusual properties

New AI tool discovers realistic 'metamaterials' with unusual properties

A coating that can hide objects in plain sight, or an implant that behaves exactly like bone tissue. These extraordinary objects are already made from ‘metamaterials’. Researchers from TU Delft have now developed an AI tool that not only can discover such extraordinary materials but also makes them fabrication-ready and durable.

08 February 2024

How social science can make the energy transition more fair

How social science can make the energy transition more fair

‘People living near an airborne wind energy test site in Germany experience noise, ecological and safety impacts from the airborne wind energy system similar to those from the nearest regular wind farm. The airborne system did score better on visual impacts.’ These are the main conclusions from a pioneering study into the social impacts of airborne wind energy conducted by Helena Schmidt, a PhD candidate at TU Delft in collaboration with Medical School Hamburg.

07 February 2024

Tim van der Hagen reappointed as Rector Magnificus/President of the Executive Board

Tim van der Hagen reappointed as Rector Magnificus/President of the Executive Board

TU Delft’s Supervisory Board has reappointed Professor Tim van der Hagen as Rector Magnificus/President of the Executive Board of TU Delft. The reappointment comes into effect on 1 May 2024 and runs until 7 October 2026.