January 18, 2022 · University of Groningen · Loreta A. Muscarella

Strain effects on the optical properties of lead-halide perovskite

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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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  • New puppeteering: streamlined control of material deformation

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  • ERC Starting Grant for Marc Serra-Garcia

    AMOLF tenure-track group leader Marc Serra-Garcia (Hypersmart Matter) has received a Starting Grant of 1.68 million euros from the European Research Council (ERC). With the project INFOPASS he will investigate …

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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 …

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  • Crystals beneath a sunbed

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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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Tuning chemical reactions with light

AMOLF researchers unravel how nano-antennas enhance chemical reactions

The chemical industry consumes a lot of energy, not only to initiate reactions but also to separate products from by-products. In a promising emerging field of research, scientists worldwide are trying to use nanoscale antennas to capture and concentrate light into tiny volumes in order to initiate chemical reactions more efficiently and sustainably.
Researchers at AMOLF unraveled how such nanoscale antennas enhance the rate of chemical reactions. They also discovered that using different colors of light can cause completely different chemical reactions to take place.

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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 have managed to create a synthetic container, or lipid vesicle, that is able to hold a range of different biological systems: from a cytoskeleton to entire E.coli bacteria. Their findings on this optimized cDICE method, which has the potential to reveal the inner workings of life, are published in ACS Synthetic Biology.

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