February 18, 2019 · AMOLF Lecture Room · Irene Groot (Leiden University)

Seeing is Believing: Atomic-Scale Imaging of Catalysts under Reaction Conditions

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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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  • Directivity to improve optical devices

    A team of researchers from AMOLF, Western University (Canada), and the University of Texas (USA) recently demonstrated the use of algorithmic design to create a new type of nanophotonic structure.

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  • Light multiplication for stable improvement of solar cells

    By converting one high-energy light particle into two low energy particles, singlet fission makes high energy photons available for solar cells Now that solar cells based on silicon technology have …

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Scientists shed new light on fundamental hundred-year-old question
24 September 2018

Scientists of Wageningen University & Research and AMOLF have found an answer to a fundamental question botanists have been asking for over a century: how do plant cells know in which direction to divide? “We finally understand for the first time how the mechanism may work,” says Wageningen University development biologist Ben Scheres. “This fundamental knowledge about plant development can help us steer the architecture of plant tissue, which is important for the improvement of crops.” The study was published on 20 September in the journal Current Biology.

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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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