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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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  • Vidi grant for Kristina Ganzinger

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  • A new spin on making minimal cells

    The ability of a cell to separate its own matter from its surroundings is a basic requirement for life. A team of researchers at AMOLF and Delft University of Technology …

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  • Two NWO Rubicon grants for AMOLF researchers

    Former PhD students Anne Meeussen (Mechanical Metamaterials group) and Mario Avellaneda Sarrio (Biophysics group) are amongst the 31 researchers who have recently received a Rubicon grant from NWO. The Rubicon …

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  • AMOLF and Fraunhofer ISE start cooperation on metamaterials

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Editie juli 2021 is uit!

Daarin interviews met onder andere Wiebke Albrecht ”Geboeid door de morfologie van een enkel nanodeeltje” en Esmee Geerkens ”De kunst van zelforganisatie”.
Ook de highlights uit AMOLF onderzoek worden toegelicht zoals Schilderen met halfgeleiders en De voordelen van ruis ontrafeld.
Verder AMOLF nieuwsberichten over Wim Noorduin bijzonder hoogleraar UvA, ERC Grant voor Albert Polman voor nieuw type quantum-elektronenmicroscoop en ERC Grant voor Martin van Hecke voor ”Rekenende materialen”…en nog veel meer.

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Quantifying topological protection of light on a chip

Photonic topological insulators are currently at the forefront of on-chip photonic research due to their potential for loss-free information transport. Realized in photonic crystals, they enable robust propagation of optical states along domain walls. But how robust is robust? In order to answer this, researchers from AMOLF and TU Delft quantified photonic edge state transport using phase-resolved near-field optical microscopy. The findings provide a crucial step towards error-free integrated photonic quantum networks. The results were published in the journal Light Science & Applications.

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Dynamic risk management in cell populations

Much like investors on the stock market, cell populations prepare for changes in the environment by spreading the risk. The tool box they use contains a repertoire of sensory receptors on the surface of individual cells. These receptors can be tweaked to make individual members of the population responsive to different environmental signals. It was thought that cells could only modify this diversity relatively slowly, by producing new receptor proteins or degrading them. Scientists now report the discovery of a mechanism that enables cell populations to tune their diversity much faster, by a combination of physical and chemical interactions between existing proteins.

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