October 16, 2020 · University of Amsterdam · Giulia Giubertoni (AMOLF)

Shape and Interactions of the Building Blocks of Biomolecular Architectures

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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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  • Kristina Ganzinger awarded by KHMW

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  • ERC Starting Grant for Bruno Ehrler and Bas Overvelde

    AMOLF group leaders Bruno Ehrler and Bas Overvelde have both received a Starting Grant of 1.5 million Euros from the European Research Council (ERC). The ERC uses this grant to …

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  • Exponential scaling of frictional forces in cells

    AMOLF researchers present a theory that describes the friction between biological filaments that are crosslinked by proteins. Surprisingly, their theory predicts that the friction force scales highly non-linearly with the …

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  • Solar cell material performs better under pressure

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Researchers discover new mechanism for the coexistence of species

Researchers from AMOLF  and Harvard University (USA) show how the ability of organisms to move around plays a role in stabilizing ecosystems. In their paper published 19 February 2020 in Nature, they describe how the competition between ‘movers’ and ‘growers’ leads to a balance in which both types of bacteria can continue to exist alongside each other.

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Vibrations on a chip feel a magnetic field
Using light to couple the strings of a nanoscopic guitar

AMOLF physicists have made mechanical vibrations on a chip behave as if they were electrical currents flowing in a magnetic field. Because of their charge, electrons are influenced by magnetic fields, which curve their trajectories. Sound waves or more precisely the propagating mechanical vibrations don’t feel a magnetic field, because they don’t carry charge. By illuminating strings with laser light the researchers have found a way to make mechanical vibrations hop from one nanoscale string to another. Thus, these vibrations behave like electrons in a magnetic field. This unlocks new ways to manipulate sound waves and the information they can carry on chips.

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AMOLF NEWS July 2020


In dit nummer (Dutch only):

  • Interview met Pieter Rein ten Wolde over zijn ERC Advanced Grant
  • Creatieve wetenschap volgens Said Rodriguez
  • Physicaprijs voor Martin van Hecke
  • Highlight: Het bijzondere effect van een foutje
  • Highlight: Het evolutionaire nut van mobiliteit


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