Short news science – Delta 17

Neutron microscope
The Larmor microscope at the Isis neutron centre, near Oxford, England, will receive funding of 2.3 million euros from the Dutch organization for scientific research – NOW.

The TU is one of the three Dutch universities involved. Together, they will be allotted a third of the observation time. Larmor, which will be built over the next five years, allows researchers to zoom in on the atom scale. TU team leader, Professor Katia Pappas (AS), foresees development of new molecules for electronics, batteries, food and medicines.

Twist & torque

Just a month after Kavli researchers (faculty of Applied Sciences) described in Molecular Cell how they discovered a key element in the mechanism of DNA repair using magnetic tweezers and laser tweezers, they have now scored again with an online publication in Nano Letters. Researchers, including Prof. Nynke Dekker and Dr Xander Janssen, describe a new instrument with magnets they developed that allows them to perform precise measurements on the coiling of DNA.

Chemical Bridging

Graduates in chemical engineering may be interested in the applied research training Chemical Product Design, starting next September. The two-year post-Master’s program is a more applied alternative to the PhD training and leads to the title PDEng (Professional Doctorate in Engineering). Trainees, who are paid during training, are trained to translate academic developments into concrete applications and industrial products.

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