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Research at TU/e: driven by societal challenges in strong collaboration with industry

Established in the 1950’s, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) has always had strong values: optimism, collaboration and a dedication to society. These values helped Brainport Region Eindhoven flourish, and resulted in our university being ranked number 1 by Times Higher Education Ranking for collaboration with industry. 15% of our scientific publications are created in collaboration with industry, and we have the highest number of part-time professors from industry in the Netherlands.

Our publications have high citation scores, consortia we are part of have won prestigious grants and our researchers receive scientific accolades on a regular basis. This distinguishing excellence is based on our three-pillar strategy: attracting talent, using a multidisciplinary approach and providing a stimulating research environment. 

Society’s challenges are the driving force for our research:the strategic areas of Health, Energy and Smart Mobility. Our research centers and our institutes, TU/e High Tech Systems Center, TU/e Data Science Center, the Institute for Complex Molecular Systems and the Institute for Photonic Integration combine the strengths of our university with industry needs and government strategy. TU/e researchers play an important role in new products and companies in the Brainport area and all over the world.

TU/e against Covid-19

A world crisis requires quick action, creative solutions and cooperation. Eindhoven University of Technology, known for its proven track record on cooperation with the medical world and industry, rises to the challenge. We have set up a platform where supply and demand, problem owners and solution providers, are brokered. The key resource is the creativity, brainpower and energy of our students and student teams.

 

Research News

THE SCIENCE BEHIND A MUSEUM VISIT

When visiting a museum, you don’t immediately think about all the work being done behind the scenes. A world of decay, fading colors, bended canvases and even cracked paint. Tackling these problems involves a lot of science. Because even though some paintings have been around for centuries, research into the ageing process of art works is still in its infancy. Several research groups at Eindhoven University of Technology are working to preserve our heritage, often in collaboration with major museums in the Netherlands. They use everything at their disposal to combat the metal soaps, moisture, salt and changes in temperature that cause damage to our paintings. 

Our Research Labs

We have state-of-the-art research labs and facilities at our disposal to conduct groundbreaking research, attract outstanding scientific talent, and train new generations of engineers.

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Center for Multiscale Electron Microscopy

The CMEM offers unique facilities for the study of soft materials and uses the knowledge gained to develop synthetic materials. 

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Center for Wireless Technology

The CWTe facilitates research on wireless systems and antennas, raising the Internet of Things to a higher level.

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Darcy Lab

The Darcy Lab offers unique MRI facilities specially equipped for researching the properties of technological porous materials.

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Equipment & Prototype Center

The  Equipment & Prototype Center (EPC) makes custom experimental setups and prototypes for various fields of research.

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Future Fuels Lab

In the Future Fuels Lab scientists are researching green fuels and cleaner combustion methods for engines.

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High Capacity Optical Transmission Lab

The High Capacity Optical Transmission Lab facilitates research on innovative optical fibers and signal processing techniques to enable...

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Institute for Complex Molecular Systems Laboratory

ICMS/Lab facilitates the development and characterization of innovative materials from a molecular perspective.

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Laboratory for Cell & Tissue Engineering

The Laboratory for Cell & Tissue Engineering facilitates culturing of autologous tissues across the full spectrum of the research field.

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Microfab/Lab

The Microfab/Lab facilitates the development of new micromanufacturing technologies for use in life sciences applications.

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Multiscale Lab

The Multiscale Lab facilitates research on the micro-mechanical deformation and failure behavior of a broad class of (innovative) materials...

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NanoAccess

NanoAccess makes it possible to produce, process and analyze innovative materials with nanometer accuracy, without releasing the necessary...

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NanoLab@TU/e

The NanoLab@TU/e offers a unique combination of equipment for developing optical chips and other applications based on compound...

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SolarLab

With the facilities of the SolarLab, atomic layers can be applied to solar cells, in a quick, controlled manner, making solar cells even...

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Wind Tunnel

The wind tunnels on the campus of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) facilitate aerodynamic and boundary layer research on static and...

Erik Bakkers and the three nanowire revolutions

His laboratory may well realize the world’s first Majorana qubits, the essential ingredient for a superior quantum computer, within a decade or so. But Erik Bakkers’ nanowire research is set to revolutionize the semiconductor world much earlier, via a different path. He is doing what was thought to be impossible: adapting the basic semiconductor feedstock– silicon – such that it can emit light. This can become the much sought key to integrating photonics and its many advantages into microelectronics. And by the way: Bakkers (1972) also has a nanowire revolution up his sleeves for solar cells.

 

Highlighted Research Groups

Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry

Self-Organizing Soft Matter

We study self-assembly processes in (biological) soft matter and translate fundamental insights into rational design strategies for novel...

Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry

Stimuli-responsive Functional Materials & Devices

We? develop polymers with new responsive functionalities?and integrate them into devices,?to meet industrial and societal challenges in the...

Department of Applied Physics

Theory of Polymers and Soft matter

Enabling a sustainable, functional and resource-efficient next generation of materials by uncovering the physical mechanisms underlying the...

Cluster Artificial Intelligence

Database Group

The Database (DB) group studies core engineering and foundational challenges in scalable and effective management of Big Data.

Department of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences

Technology, Innovation & Society

We research innovation and socio-technical transitions towards a more sustainable society.

Department of Industrial Design

Future Everyday

Future Everyday aims at bridging the gap between emerging technologies and people’s everyday life: how to deal with uncertainties that come...

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

Stochastic Operations Research

SOR is concerned with complex systems that operate under randomness and uncertainty, and aims to develop mathematical models and techniques...

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Microsystems

Our mission is to develop innovative technological concepts and fabrication methods for microsystems for a wide range of applications. Our...

Department of Industrial Design

Systemic Change

Systemic Change uses Design and Technology to study socio-technical systems at the level of a community, by designing technology-enabled...

Department of the Built Environment

Building Physics and Services

The BPS group conducts research that aims to lead to a sustainable, healthy, comfortable and productive in and outdoor environment.

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