July 2 - August 27, 2018

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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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  • Noise in the biorhythm: biological clocks respond differently to light fluctuations

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  • Ruis in het bioritme: biologische klokken reageren verschillend op lichtfluctuaties

    Wie ooit een jetlag heeft gehad, kent de kracht van de biologische klok. Alle organismen, van mensen tot de kleinste bacteriën, hebben een ingebouwd systeem dat ze vertelt of het …

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  • 2018 Pierre-Gilles de Gennes prize for Gijsje Koenderink

    Gijsje Koenderink (group leader of the Biological Soft Matter group and head of the Living Matter department) has won the 2018 Pierre-Gilles de Gennes prize. The prize has been established …

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  • AMOLF, Thermo Fisher and Delmic present ultrafast SEM cathodoluminescence microscopes

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Physicists catch light in the eye of the storm
June 4, 2018

Stillness rules the eye of a hurricane; without a hurricane no eye, and without an eye no hurricane. In a similar manner, physicists of research institute AMOLF, the University of Amsterdam and the University of Texas at Austin, have captured light in the eye of an optical vortex. “The light could move in any direction but does not do so,” says researcher Hugo Doeleman. The research was published on June 4th in the top journal Nature Photonics.

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From sea urchin skeleton to semiconductor
June 4, 2018

Researchers at AMOLF have found a way of making calcium carbonate structures, such as a sea urchin skeleton, suitable for use in electronics. They do this by modifying the composition of the material so that it becomes a semiconductor without losing its shape. This research was published in the journal Nature Chemistry on June 4th 2018.

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AMOLF NEWS magazine

  • Interview: AMOLF director Huib Bakker about ‘the magic of AMOLF’
  • Highlight: from sea urchin skeleton to semiconductor
  • News: vidi grant for Wim Noorduin
  • International prizes for AMOLF group leaders
  • New materials for sustainable energy



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