December 8, 2022 · University of Amsterdam · Stefan Tabernig

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Using the tools of physics and design principles, AMOLF researchers study complex matter, such as light at the nanoscale, living matter, designer matter and nanoscale solar cells. These insights open up opportunities to create new functional materials and to find solutions to societal challenges.

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  • Daughter cells in the intestine do what their mother tells them

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  • Bas Overvelde wins KNAW Early Career Award

    AMOLF group leader Bas Overvelde (Soft Robotic Matter) has won the KNAW Early Career Award. With the award, the KNAW acknowledges young and talented researchers at the beginning of their …

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  • New model for reproduction of E. coli bacteria

    With a new model, AMOLF researchers reveal how single celled organisms like bacteria coordinate growth, cell division and DNA replication. Bacteria reproduce via growth and cell division. During each cycle …

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  • Floppy or not: artificial intelligence predicts properties of complex metamaterials

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AMOLF NEWS August 2022

In this issue (in Dutch):

  • Interview with solar cell expert Wim Sinke
  • ERC grants for group leaders Erik Garnett, Wim Noorduin and Marc Serra-Garcia
  • Highlights of the Verhagen, Overvelde and Van Zon groups
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C. elegans does not accidentally switch off its ability to detect salt

AMOLF researchers, collaborating with researchers from the Erasmus MC, have discovered a genetic mechanism that ensures that a nerve cell retains its identity once it has differentiated. This concerns a neuron in the worm C. elegans that can detect salt. Its identity is activated by a genetic switch during the cell’s development. Jeroen van Zon and his colleagues have discovered how it is possible that this switch never spontaneously switches off again.

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Crystals beneath a sunbed

PhD student Marloes Bistervels from the Self-Organizing Matter research group at AMOLF has managed to use light to very precisely control the formation of nanocomposites in the shape of corals and vases. By illuminating a solution of the right ingredients with UV light, she can control where, when and which structures arise at the micrometer scale.

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