March 19, 2021 · Eindhoven University of Technology · Giorgio Oliveri

Designing optimal behaviour in mechanical and robotic metamaterials

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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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  • The optimal design of cellular sensing systems

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  • Mystery of amorphous perovskite solved

    AMOLF researchers Erik Garnett, Susan Rigter, and colleagues are the first to have irrefutably demonstrated that amorphous perovskite exists. The material can significantly increase the efficiency of solar cells produced …

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  • AMOLF welcomes Wiebke Albrecht

    On May 1st, Wiebke Albrecht will start at AMOLF as tenure track group leader. Her research group Hybrid Nanosystems will be embedded in the Designer Matter research theme at AMOLF.

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  • Quantifying topological protection of light on a chip

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Exponential scaling of frictional forces in cells

AMOLF researchers present a theory that describes the friction between biological filaments that are crosslinked by proteins. Surprisingly, their theory predicts that the friction force scales highly non-linearly with the number of crosslinkers.

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Solar cell material performs better under pressure

A novel and highly promising material for solar cells, halide perovskites, is more stable and consequently more efficient if just one ion is substituted. Researchers from AMOLF revealed in an unexpected manner why this is the case: pressure plays an important role. They published their findings on July 15th in Cell Reports Physical Science.

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In the December 2020 issue:

  • Interview with Albert Polman on the ‘Nationale Agenda Materialen’
  • Ruslan Röhrich’s research project: collaboration with ASML and ARCNL
  • Dynamic risk management in cell populations
  • Canadian funding for Kristina Ganzinger

You can read the December 2020 issue (Dutch language) here