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Dutch Association for Crystal Growth (DACG) Spring Meeting

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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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  • Light-Catalyst Interactions to Sense and Steer Chemical Reactions

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

    Specialists in single cell dynamics of research institute AMOLF together with CRISPR-Cas researchers of TU Delft were able to measure for the first time how quickly a single cell can …

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  • NWO funding for perovskite solar foil consortium

    The Light Management in New Photovoltaic Materials (LMPV) Center at AMOLF starts a new solar consortium on perovskite solar foils by roll-to-roll manufacturing, which has recently been funded by NWO’s …

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  • Record efficiencies in thin film photovoltaic cells

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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
  • and more


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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