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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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  • Discovery of new mechanisms to control the flow of sound

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  • Open Technology Programme (OTP) funding

    In the Open Technology Programme (OTP) call for proposals of NWO, Bruno Ehrler and Erik Garnett have received funding to carry out the research plan ‘Achieving Semiconductor Stability from the …

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  • Light-Catalyst Interactions to Sense and Steer Chemical Reactions

    AMOLF and Utrecht University have been awarded a 1.9 million euro research project by the Dutch Research Council (NWO) Key Technologies 2020-2023 programme to develop radically new catalytic reactors using …

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  • First study of CRISPR-Cas defense in individual cells shows remarkable variability

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AMOLF NEWS December 2021

In this issue (in Dutch):

  • Interview with director Huib Bakker about AMOLF’s new research themes
  • Marc Serra Garcia designs hypersmart materials
  • Highlights of the Garnett and Bakker 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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