Since its inception in 1987, the Institute has been a bright source of creativity and innovation at the edge of microelectronic science. DIMES integrates nanoscale and high-speed device physics, material science and process technology, circuit design, and embedded system design methodology in one institute.
The department focuses on the functioning of single cells in all their complexity down to the molecular level. Understanding the mechanisms operating inside a cell is very useful for practical applications in, for example, improved health care, molecularly targeted medicine, and development of new energy sources. The department of Bionanoscience is part of the university's successful Kavli Institute of Nanoscience.
As of September 2010 the MSc in Nanoscience will no longer be offered in cooperation with Leiden University. At TU Delft Nanoscience will be offered as a track within the Applied Physics MSc programme.
With the foundation of the Center for NanoMaterials (CNM) the TU/e strives to give a strong impulse to the fundamental and technological research of materials and devices with critical dimensions in the (sub)nanometer region. The center should foster a further integration of the existing excellent research activities on nanotechnology by facilitating multidisciplinary research, promoting exchange of expertise and the expansion of the available infrastructure.
The special Master's track Nano-engineering lasts two years. Each year consists of 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). Formally this programme is part of the master program Applied Physics. Nano-Engineering forms part of the joint activities in the field of Nanoscience & Technology of the TU/e and the Radboud University of Nijmegen.
The Frontiers consortium is designed on five criteria: individual excellence in science, excellent nanotechnology infrastructure (clean room facilities), proven capability to initiate start-ups on the basis of new technology, outstanding relations with nanotechnology initiatives all over the world and, finally, a proven track record in cooperating with other members of the consortium. Frontiers consists of 192 scientists from 11 different research institutions scattered over Europe.
AMOLF is one of five research institutes of the Dutch Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM). The current research at AMOLF focuses on three areas: Life science inspired physics, nanophysics and femtosecond dynamics of matter
The research projects concern especially the growth from sub-monolayers to several tens of monolayers and the formation of nanostructures. Moreover, this group supports other groups in the institute in producing thin films and sub-micron structures and conducts fundamental research in layer growth.
This joint AMOLF/Philips group focuses on two topics: 1) III-V semiconductor nanowires as building blocks for nanoscale optoelectronic devices. 2) Complex metallic structuctures for enhanced, polarized and directional emission of light sources coupled to surface plasmon polaritons and particle plasmons.