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Jos Wassink

science editor

Jos (1958) has been a science editor at Delta since 2007. Before that, he made television and radio programmes about science. He studied applied physics at the University of Twente and learned the art of writing at the School of Journalism. He published a book called Energierevolutie (energy revolution) in 2007. The book STROOM (power) followed in 2017. Jos is also a sailing instructor at the Zeezeilers sailing centre in Harlingen.

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Prof. Lieven Vandersypen, Quantum Professor and Scientific Director of QuTech, became a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) last May AND he and his colleagues received EUR 35 million of research funding from NWO. Time for a talk about the limits of our knowledge and the prospects for the quantum computer.

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Some 130 aerospace engineering master students have been working on building an aircraft since 2017. They do this during the hands-on course Aircraft Manufacturing Lab, a hands-on course where you learn to be consistent and to never cover up mistakes.

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The first generation of wind turbines is dropping their blades. The durable polyester is a harbinger of the deluge of discarded material that awaits us. Is there anything we can do with it? There are numerous original uses.

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In the buildings of the Faculties of Industrial Design Engineering and Mechanical Engineering and at Pulse, you can now encounter a scrubbing robot that makes the job of cleaners easier. In an attempt to make robots more flexible in their handling, researchers are keeping a close eye on the cleaning robot.

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Imagine a world with global internet coverage. You could check your socials on mountains, in deserts or on the middle of the ocean. The internet not only serves smartphones, but also sensors, detectors, cameras, cars and drones – you name it. We’re describing a truly global internet of things (IoT). TU Delft alumnus Dr. Sujay
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On other days, the director of the international atomic energy agency IAEA is mostly busy managing the crisis surrounding the occupied Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporizja. But on Wednesday afternoon, 24 April, Rafael Grossi will visit the TU Delft. The purpose of his visit is twofold: to reduce the female shortage in the nuclear
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Honours member Jan Wind, prize winner Joep de Jong and jury chairman Bart Koene celebrate the Kooy award 2024. (Photo: KIVI) Engineer (ir.) Joep de Jong was surprised to receive a cash prize of EUR 2,000 at the Kooy Symposium (3 April 2024) of the KIVI department for defence and security. (KIVI is the Dutch
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The new education building GO Zuid that TU Delft is planning to build is supposed to be the centrepiece of the southward expansion of the campus. A natural air conditioning system would have fit in well with the sustainable concept, but was scrapped when the objections outweighed the green intentions. The following is a reconstruction of the events starring an 89 year old alumnus.

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Dr Jack Pronk, Professor of Industrial Biotechnology (Faculty of Applied Sciences), will receive this year’s Novozymes Prize from the Danish Novo Nordisk Foundation, worth DKK 5,000,000 (EUR 627,000). Pronk is being awarded the Prize for his fundamental scientific work with yeast cells and their use in the industrial production of biofuels from waste streams. Pronk's
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Internet via glass fibre is just the beginning. Photons (particles of light) are expected to gradually take over the role of electrons as information carriers. Electronics becoming Photonics. Photo Integrated Circuits (PICs) are expected to be faster and more energy-efficient in transporting and processing data than the ICs we know today. The 4TU programmes in
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This Sunday 17 March, the informative youth programme Het Klokhuis will award the Klokhuis Science Prize for the eighth time. There are two nominated research projects from TU Delft. Max van Beek and his professor Peter Rem (Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences) are working on recycling electronic waste. Klokhuis writes: 'Phones and computers are
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Eco-runner amazes everyone every year with vehicles that are incredibly fuel efficient. This year's target is 2,056 kilometres on 1.45 kilograms of hydrogen. This is what the 25 member Eco-runner Team Delft explained at their design presentation last week. While the target does mean 50% more fuel than last year, it also means that Eco-runner
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During the recess week, the NAE (Netherlands Academy of Engineers) is publishing six recommendations for the Cabinet in formation. The NAE echoes the concerns of the Dutch people in numerous areas, as inventoried by the Social and Cultural Planning Bureau. These include the energy transition, climate, agriculture and horticulture, accessibility to care and housing, and
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A sodium-carbon battery that fully charges in nine minutes (1 Ah) and keeps that up for 3,000 cycles. That is what Professor Marnix Wagemakers and colleagues describe in a recent article in Nature. Wagemakers is attached to the Faculty of Applied Sciences. Electric transport and preventing an overloaded power grid require more and better batteries
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The operation of tram 19 has been delayed with another year and a half. The operator Metropoolregio Rotterdam Den Haag (MRDH) now reckons that tram 19 can be put into operation in the second half of 2025. Last spring, the Mekelweg tram rails were removed to make way for ‘Europe's most robust tram line’. But
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Alex Klootwijk (left) and Ludo de Goeje have devised a simple way to improve the insulation of old refrigerators. (Photo: Ludo de Goeje) Improve the insulation of your fridge in four hours with some Styrofoam, strips of wood, double-sided tape and magnets. That is the idea behind the project hack your fridge by Industrial Design
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Presentation at the Sustainable Healthcare Challenge on 5 Februari 2024. (Photo: Tim Horeman) At the Sustainable Healthcare Challenge last Monday, engineers, healthcare professionals and policy-makers interacted in the auditorium to find ways to make and keep healthcare accessible, affordable and sustainable. The jury, consisting of Richard Goossens (Faculty of Industrial Design) and Rob Mudde (Executive
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Innovations are needed to make healthcare accessible, affordable and sustainable. The Ministry of Health, Welfare & Sport (VWS in Dutch) is therefore organising a smart healthcare relay in February. It focusses on cooperation between technology, care and policy. Because: 'we need each other to scale up innovations and transform healthcare', says VWS. The TU Delft
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Last Saturday, Klaas Max van der Laan passed away at the age of 86. In 1973 he set up the Reception Week (OWee) and last year he attended the fiftieth edition. In an interview in Delta from last year he said: "In 1973 the University of Applied Sciences’ Council (TU Delft was called the Technical
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Now is the time to make plans for a climate-proof the Netherlands in 2150, stated hydraulic engineering expert Bas Jonkman in his Dies Natalis lecture on Friday. The high water level over the last few months gave his words even greater urgency.

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It is many a parent’s nightmare: a swallowed button cell battery from a toy, car key or LED candle. After all, these easily get stuck in the throat. The mucus then conducts the electricity and that dissolves the tissue so that a hole burns in it. A picture of what such a battery does to…

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Two million for graphene microphone     Impression of waves in a graphene membrane caused by bacteria. (Illustration: Santiago Mendoza Silva and Pierpaolo Belardinelli)     Farbod Alijani, associate professor at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Marine Engineering & Technical Materials Science, has received an ERC Consolidator Grant to improve his ultra-sensitive microphone made with…

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Medical Delta network expands     The eleven new faces in the Medical Delta network. Check link below for names and expertises. (Photo: Medical Delta)   The inauguration of nine Medical Delta professors and two Medical Delta lecturers (a novelty) was a part of the Medical Delta conference at the Rotterdam Laurenskerk on Tuesday 14…

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Wubbo Ockels Innovation awards for sustainability ideas       Jury (left) and winners (right) of the Wubbo Ockels Innovation Prize gathered behind the winning laundry rack. Sustainability Coordinator Andy van den Dobbelsteen (second from left) is a member of the jury. (Photo: Marcel Bilow)   Sustainability organisation De Groene Grachten presented the Wubbo Ockels…

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Delta grants underline importance of practice-based research     Photo: Studio Sven   Lecturers Reint Jan Renes (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences) and Janine Stubbe (Codarts Rotterdam) both received a Delta Premium for their practice-oriented research from outgoing Minister of Education, Culture and Science Robbert Dijkgraaf on 6 November 2023.   Reint Jan Renes researched…

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Book: Internet as a threat     “Our world is eaten by the internet”, says postdoc dr Corinne Cath, an anthropologist at the faculty of Technology, Policy & Management (TPM). “We are living a unique moment: internet technologies are the default infrastructure for society, not just how we communicate but also how we organise our…

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Cees Dekker lab makes nanoturbine   Terug naar in het Nederlands   A screw or a propeller has been a tool for moving water ever since Archimedes, and later also for moving through water. Researchers from the Cees Dekker Lab (Faculty of Applied Sciences) present the smallest propeller ever in Nature Nanotechnology on 26…

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TU alumnus Hendrickx wins Huygens prize       Nico Willem Hendrickx, who received his PhD from TU Delft on 12 July 2021, received the Christiaan Huygens science prize from the hands of jury chairman Prof Dr Maria Antonietta Loi at the Oude Kerk in Voorburg yesterday. (Photo: Christiaan Huygens Prize Foundation)   “Nico was…

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Dutch only Landschapsarchitect en stadsecoloog Nico Tillie (faculteit Bouwkunde) geeft donderdag 12 oktober een lezing over de ecocampus, ofwel de campus van de TU Delft als groene proeftuin voor steden van de toekomst. ‘De stad heeft al veel natuurlijke systemen verstoord’, schrijft Tillie in het persbericht. ‘Bij het Urban Ecology Lab stellen we…

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Kinetic artist exhibits at Icke’s home     Inventor, TU Delft lecturer and artist Dr Volkert van der Wijk will exhibit eight moving sculptures as part of the Kunstroute Leiden next week 23 and 24 September.   His work is housed in the Alien Artgallery, also the home of artist Charlotte Icke and emiritus professor…

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 Scouts appointed for TU in Rotterdam     The establishment of a programme team marks the start of a new phase for a new TU Delft knowledge ecosystem in Rotterdam, reports the Executive Board in a message to employees. Caspar Chorus (Dean of the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering) and Han Derkx (former ICT director)…

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Library’s own climate problem   Plastic foil shield the monitors from dripping water. (Photo: Jos Wassink)     Last week’s heat led to the closure of the Glass Room and the Blue Room of the TU Delft Library on Sunday. Building management explains: ‘Due to the heat of the past few days, condensation has formed…

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Library cleared due to fire alarm     Around noon, the siren went off in the TU Delft Library. Those present in the building were urged to leave the building as soon as possible via the designated exits. About ten minutes later, a fire truck stood in front of the newly installed barrier in the…

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Five million dollars for quantum telecommunication     TU Delft and the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience have received a 5 million dollar grant from the Kavli Foundation to develop a quantum equivalent of telecommunications.   Quantum physicists and biophysicists from Delft University of Technology, QuTech and the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience Delft formulated a proposal…

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 OWee wristband lost? Then an interrogation     Positive breathalyzer test and not yet 18? Been cheeky to a guard? Plucked from a tree? Ended up drunk at the first aid? Or cut your wristband because it was too tight? It all doesn’t matter. You will come for an interview with the Owee organisation and…

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Delft Hydro Motion Team to Monaco     The 23 students of the TU Delft Hydro Motion Team are heading to Monaco where they will participate in the Monaco Energy Boat Challenge between 5 and 8 July. They will be a bit of an oddity there as the only student team surrounded by companies from…

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New: Wubbo Ockels Innovation Prize         The Groene Grachten Foundation has launched a new sustainability initiative that rewards the three best sustainable ideas with 10 thousand euros. The Groene Grachten (‘green canals’), which makes monumental houses and offices more sustainable, was the last sustainable initiative from former astronaut Wubbo Ockels in 2012.…

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Child-friendly button batteries      American girl Reese Hammersmith would have turned four on 13 June last year, were it not for the fact that at the age of just 18 months, she swallowed a button battery that proved fatal to her.   Reportedly, this seems to happen to 2,000 children a year worldwide. The current…

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Geothermal drilling on campus step closer     The Leeghwaterstraat has been partially blocked off since the end of May for the purpose of the Geothermal Project. Steel structures with barges, containers and a tall lattice tower have been erected. They are preparations for drilling for hot water to a depth of 2.5 kilometres.  …

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Houben: Delft University Library was start of development     TU Delft Library celebrated its 25th anniversary on 15 May 2023. During the festivities, architect Francine Houben shared her thoughts on ‘the library of the future’ in the heart of the Delft University Library. She was working on that theme then and she still is…

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Ecorunner presents most efficient car     The Dream Team Eco-Runner XIII will show their latest creation on Tuesday evening, 2 May: a car that travels more than 2,000 kilometres on less than 1 kilogram of hydrogen. With this, the Delft team hopes to take back the world record from ARM Engineering, who drove 2055.68…

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Celebrating research reactor organises info market   (Photo: TU Delft) The research reactor at the Reactor Institute Delft (RID) was activated 60 years ago. That is cause for celebration. The RID will therefore open its gates for an information market on Saturday 22 April between 10 am and 2 pm.   Started as a research…

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Time to put out Prometheus’ flame?     (Illustration: Marjolein van der Veldt)   After five thousand years of lighting fires as the main means of generating energy, it is high time to finally switch to solar energy. This was said by prof. Miro Zeman, head of the department for sustainable electrical energy at the…

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Blok and Taebi in Climate Council     The council of ministers has set up a Scientific Climate Council (WKR) to advise the government and parliament on climate policy, solicited and unsolicited. Professor of environment and sustainability Jan Willem Erisman (Leiden University) was appointed chairman on 1 March and a few weeks later the nine…

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Peter Wieringa bids farewell     Former pro vice rector of doctoral affairs Peter Wieringa retired from TU Delft last Friday. It will take a small army to replace him if you listen to Rector Tim van der Hagen’s speech. Van der Hagen cited from Wieringa’s nine-page CV a long list of chairmanships, presidential and…

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Three solar challenges     At first Meet the Energy Leader meeting since corona, no seat remained empty in the Co Creation Centre at The Green Village. Emeritus Professor Prof Wim Sinke (UvA) looked back at the more than exponential growth of solar energy. But Sinke also pointed out the downsides of that growth:  …

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Seven Delft students in Dutch rowing selection     The rowing federation is out. Last Saturday, the KNRB announced (in Dutch) who have been admitted to this year’s national selection TeamNL rowing. Of the 47 top talents who were tested for three weeks, six come from DSRV Laga and one from DSR Proteus-Eretes.   The…

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Ballot box ‘Engineer of the year’ opened     Professional magazine De Ingenieur has nominated three women for this year’s Prins Friso Ingenieur Prize, informally known as ‘engineer of the year’. From today (14 Feb 2023), you can cast your vote on the kivi website. Do so before 14 March. All three nominees have Delft…

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Hyperloop companies join forces       The Delft Hyperloop is being tested upside down. (Photo: Delft Hyperloop)   Delft knows Hyperloop One and Hardt, but Europe-wide there are seven companies working on the development of a hyperloop system – a train in a vacuum tube that goes as fast as a commercial aircraft. Late…

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Ecorunner wants its record back   The Ecorunner XIII is to become the most fuel-efficient car ever. (Image: Enshape Design Studio)     The Ecorunner team presented the new design of their ultra-efficient car last week. The Ecorunner XIII is designed to cover more than 2055 kilometres on just 950 grams of hydrogen.    ‘The…

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Mechanics over the top     Mechanical engineer, assistant professor, and artist Volkert van der Wijk has a passion for useless machines. In his latest creation, he literally goes over the top with youtuber Master Milo.   Milo wants to make a swing that allows him to go over the top in a car, a…

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Calvin Rans Interviews ChatGPT     Not only is Dr Calvin Rans one of Delft’s best lecturers (award 2019), he’s also spot-on with the latest information technology. In a recent video he interviews the AI text generator ChatGPT on its uses and weaknesses in education.     Rans made the video with Vyond animation software…

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Hydrogen boat design improved       The Delft hydrogen boat is supported by three hydrofoil struts. (Photo: TU Delft Hydro Motion Team)   Just before the Christmas holidays, the TU Delft Hydro Motion Team presented their new design. With it, they hope to win on the open sea in Monaco. Last year, they already…

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Dream team Epoch reaches top ten   Terug naar Nederlands   Dream Team Epoch has achieved ninth place in the CityLearn Challenge 2022, an artificial intelligence (AI) competition. The students developed a new AI algorithm for smarter energy systems, competing against 110 other teams from around the world.   …

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Invite an artist to your dorm     This is how cosy it can get. (Photo: Maarten J. Eykman)   After two austere years, on 5 February 2023 in 22 municipalities it is finally time for another winter edition of the living room festival ‘Gluren bij de Buren’.   The home theatre festival is experiencing…

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Awards tsunami in Haarlem     The Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen (Royal Holland Society of Sciences) will be unpacking big-time on Monday 28 November: 23 thesis awards, 64 prizes for first-year students and the KHMW Outreach Award 2022. The Society has existed since 1752 and aims to promote science and bridge the gap between science…

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Delta archive is available online     An article with the headlines ‘Battery is Achilles’ heel of electric car’ might be a current post, but Delta predecessor THD Nieuws already wrote about this 40 years ago. In October 1982 to be precise.    Dozens of annual volumes of Delta issues (and those of it’s predecessors) filled the high…

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Rolf Hut tijdens een eerdere versie van het jaarlijkse evenement. (Foto: TU Delft Science Centre)     Rolf Hut is de TU’s meest creatieve knutselaar Hij maakt surprises met een schakelaar. Met licht, effecten en geluid. Ja, dat pakt wel lekker uit.   Wil je…

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Planetoid on tour       Planetoid prototype at the SHErobots exhibition in Sydney (Photo: private collection Henriette Bier)   Insects and other small critters will have new shelters in the city if it is up to Henriette Bier and colleagues. They collaborated on a prototype ‘planetoid’ using robotic 3D printing technology with a wood-based…

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Ecological timber building for gas storage   Terug naar Nederlands   The new gas warehouse has plenty of daylight, natural ventilation and a high degree of transparency. (Image: cepezed)   The Logistics and Environment Services of TU Delft will get a special new accommodation at the far…

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Drone wobbles like an insect     With sensors switched on, a drone hangs perfectly still in the lab. But switch them off and let the drone orient itself visually and it starts wobbling like an insect in front of a flower. This fine study by researchers at the TU Delft MAV (micro air vehicles)…

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Professor participates in fencing championship   Professor Pavol Bauer in Zadar. (Photo: private collection) Terug naar Nederlands   In everyday life, Professor Pavol Bauer heads the energy storage and conversion group at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science. But last week, Bauer spent in a…

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Mud plus dung makes eco house     If you want to build affordable, durable and desirable houses, consider mixing clay or mud with dung to use as a building material, says Dr Yask Kulshreshtha. He defended his PhD thesis on Thursday, 6 October 2022.   “People here tend to think that earthen houses are…

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Nobel Prize in Physics for quantum computers research     The 2022 Nobel Prize in Physics goes to research on quantum mechanics, which is believed will lead to the advent of quantum computers. The laureates are Frenchman Alain Aspect, American John F. Clauser and Austrian Anton Zeilinger. The three scientists build on the work of John…

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Partial TU Delft solar cell most efficient     Researchers from TU Delft, TU Eindhoven, TNO and semiconductor specialist Imec raised eyebrows at the WCPRC-8 world solar conference in Milan. United in the Dutch Solliance partnership, they presented a hybrid solar cell with a record efficiency of 30%.   The solar cell is composed of…

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English only Art or science? – The calculated wake of a ship’s jet propiusion (Image: DCSE) The TU Delft Institute for Computational Science and Engineering (DCSE) celebrates its first lustrum and the recent launch of the DelftBlue supercomputer in the ‘The art of scientific computing’ event on Friday 30 September in…

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NVR honours Emeritus Professor Heinz Stoewer     The Dutch Space Society (NVR) will present the NVR Space Award on Wednesday evening 7 September to Emeritus Professor Heinz Stoewer. The NVR grants the Space Award to individuals who have made a major or pioneering contribution to Dutch space travel, according to NVR secretary Pieter Batenburg.…

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‘Global warming limited to two degrees’     Unlike most of his colleagues in the climate and energy sector Prof. Kornelis Blok (TPM) thinks that global warming will be limited to two degrees. On his Kornelis’ Blog website, he explains that most IPCC authors expect a three-degree temperature rise.   He then explains why he…

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Sea level rise along Dutch coast speeds up     Researchers led by Dr Riccardo Riva (Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences) have reviewed the data of eight tidal stations along the Dutch coast for the past 100 years. For the longest time, the sea level rose by about 1 mm/year. But in the last…

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TU-onderzoekers kunnen met data uit een ‘slim’ fietspad op de campus in combinatie met eenvoudiger sensoren in de buurt verkeersdrukte een half uur vooruit voorspellen. Omleidingen kunnen dan helpen om de druk te verminderen. Inmiddels zijn er praktische toepassingen in voorbereiding in Rotterdam (veiligheid van schoolkinderen op de fiets) en Scheveningen (beheersing van drukte aan het strand). Dat…

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Waterbouwkundige en TU-onderzoeker Ties Rijcken zwengelt het debat aan over woningbouw en zeespiegelstijging. Die twee actuele Nederlandse uitdagingen staan namelijk met elkaar op gespannen voet. Zo schreef Vrij Nederland onlangs: ‘Als je ver onder NAP bouwt, zeg er dan bij dat die huizen maar vijftig jaar meegaan’. Rijcken schreef in de Correspondent het artikel…

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‘Do not exclude students from energy allowance’     Municipalities have been advised not to give students an energy allowance of EUR 800. But legal experts believe that excluding students is unlawful and will not stand up in court.   To the surprise of the LSVb…

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Martians go underground     Just like plant roots, the first Mars inhabitants will go underground. This is the idea behind Rhizome (which means plant root), the Mars habitat project. Wednesday 1 June saw the conclusion of the project with students presenting their ideas and solutions. Watch the video for a quick impression.    …

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Water lab tests floating tunnel     Niels Ruiter. (Photo: Jos Wassink) Niels Ruiter, master student of Hydraulic Engineering, is working on a 1:50 model of a floating tunnel in one of the flumes of the Waterlab. In early March, Dr Pengxu Zou obtained his doctorate with a thesis on the optimal shape of the…

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Another majorana publication withdrawn     After last year’s retraction of the publication on the observation of majorana particles, last week saw the retraction of an earlier article, also in Nature.    In the 2017 article, Professor Leo Kouwenhoven (QuTech, Microsoft) and Professor Erik Bakkers (TU/e) describe a network of nanowires they developed in which…

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Nadat vorig jaar de publicatie over de waarneming van majoranadeeltjes werd ingetrokken volgde afgelopen week de intrekking van een eerder artikel, eveneens in Nature.   In het artikel uit 2017 beschrijven prof.dr.ir. Leo Kouwenhoven (QuTech, Microsoft) en prof.dr. Erik Bakkers (TU/e) een door hen ontwikkeld netwerk van nanodraadjes waarin ze majoranadeeltjes wilden opwekken als…

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Expo: international students design polders   An exhibition of designs by international master’s students on the future of the polders in Midden-Delfland opens Friday 22 April in the Town Hall of Delft. The exhibition will run until 23 May 2022. International students sketched the polder landscapes of Midden-Delfland. (Foto: Ben Kuipers)     Professor of…

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Carola Hein Professor in Delft, Rotterdam and Leiden     “I see opportunities to bring different worlds together”, said Professor Carola Hein. (Photo: Frank Auperlé)   Since January, Carola Hein, Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning History at Delft University of Technology, has also been affiliated with the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Developmental Sociology…

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Nine more Veni grants for TU Delft researchers     They had to wait a long time, but now the time has come: another 78 promising young researchers will receive a Veni grant of up to EUR 280,000 from now (The Dutch Research Council). Nine of them are connected to TU Delft. The first seven…

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Architecture offers room for wild wallflowers     The new quay walls of the Nieuwe Mark in Breda have blossomed. (Photo: Koen Mulder)   Traditional brick quay walls – as in the inner city of Delft – are enormously thick, porous brick walls that are in direct contact with the ground and the groundwater. As…

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Aan tafel voor het Flying Vision-initiatief zaten van links naar rechts Pieter Elbers (KLM), Guillaume Faury (Airbus), Henri Werij (TU Delft), Michel Peters (NLR) en Dick Benschop (Schiphol). (Foto: TU Delft) Namens de TU Delft tekende L&R-decaan Henri Werij afgelopen maandag een samenwerkingsovereenkomst voor een transitie naar een duurzame luchtvaart in 2050. Hij…

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IEA calls for car-free Sundays     Cycling on the motorway was possible and allowed on 10 car-free Sundays in 1973/74. (Photo: Rob Mieremet / Anefo, Nationaal Archief)    Will the car-less Sundays return? If it were up to the International Energy Agency (IEA), yes, especially in cities. It is one of the 10 proposals…

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Sales exhibition for Ukraine     (Photo: Prinsenkwartier)   Artists from Kadmium and Kunstsuper have organised an art sale for Ukraine in the Prinsenkwartier in Delft. Works from more than 30 artists that are for sale are on display in a pop-up exhibition on the ground floor of the Prinsenkwartier. The artists will donate between…

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Kick-off Delft Global Initiative Student Club   At the kick-off event, industrial designer and PhD student Karlheinz Samenjo talked about the development of medical products and services in Sub-Saharan Africa. (Photo: Delft Global Initiative).     Vice-Rector Magnificus Rob Mudde was impressed with the amount of interest in the Delft Global Student Club (DGSC). “It…

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Film about a Delft professor awarded    Terug naar het Nederlands   The mini documentary A Story of Enlightenment about TU Delft professor Miro Zeman’s work on solar energy was awarded the Green Heron last week at the Evening of the Commissioned Film. This is the main prize for the best young…

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Energy transition as a board game     ‘A creative game that involves you in the energy transition in a completely new way.’ The energy transition is at stake. Literally, in the new board game GigaWatt. Six European regions are competing against each other to be the first to be independent of coal and gas…

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Dream Team presents hanging Hyperloop     The TU Delft Hyperloop team presented a spectacular new design concept last week: the TU Delft capsule or ‘pod’ hangs from a rail instead of standing on it. The upside-down concept improves the stability of the system. This should make it easier to change tracks at high speed.…

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‘Save declining tidal areas’     On Thursday 17 February 2022, representatives of Boskalis, WWF and Deltares presented a joint plan during the SpraakWater webinar to turn the tide through a ‘national sediment strategy’. The webinar series is a WWF initiative on discussing ‘natural solutions’ for the Dutch Delta. The sediment strategy involves strengthening slabs…

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Intergetijdengebieden worden ze genoemd: stukken land die beurtelings onderlopen en droogvallen met het getij. Ze zijn essentieel voor trekvogels, oesters en zeehonden. Maar door kustverdediging, inpoldering en zeespiegelstijging nemen deze gebieden in Nederland gestaag af: van 12% in 1900 naar 4 % nu. Vertegenwoordigers van Boskalis, WNF en Deltares presenteerden donderdag 17 februari…

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ERC grants for commercialising technology     Sixteen researchers from Dutch universities and academic hospitals are to receive EU money which they may use to translate their scientific insights into commercial applications.   This was announced by the European Research Council (ERC). The grants for a proof of concept amount to a total of EUR…

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Volkskrantjournalist en oud-Delta-collega Maarten Keulemans is vrijdag door journalistenvereniging Villamedia uitgeroepen tot Journalist van het Jaar 2021 voor zijn onvermoeibare verslaggeving van de corona-epidemie voor de Volkskrant. Volkskrantlezers kennen hem onder meer van zijn serie ‘Keulemans in quarantaine’, waarin hij vragen van lezers beantwoordt. Keulemans onderstreept wat de jury betreft het hoge niveau van de…

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The Green Village opens local hydrogen solution     The 180th anniversary of TU Delft on Friday, 14 January 2022 will be dedicated to the energy acceleration. The Green Village (TGV) shows its support for this initiative through its 24/7 demo. The 24/7 demo is a self-sufficient solution for energy consumption in the built-up environment…

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 TU Delft honorary doctorate Timmermans remains controversial     The petition started by alumnus Jan Asselbergs against European Commissioner Frans Timmermans being awarded a TU Delft honorary doctorate was signed more than 20,000 times in recent weeks. It is impossible to know which of the signatories is a TU Delft alumnus, in part because about…

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Most TU Delft Venis for quantum research     Last week NWO (the Dutch Research Council) announced the Veni grants for early-stage researchers. Five of the seven TU Delft Venis are for quantum technology. The granting of the research grants ran differently this year: first because of corona and then due to a hack at NWO.…

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Ronald Hanson wins Physics Prize 2022     The new year has not yet begun and the Dutch Physics Society (NNV) has awarded the annual Physics Prize to Professor Ronald Hanson, Distinguished Professor of Quantum Computing and Quantum Internet at the Faculty of Applied Physics and group leader at QuTech. The Physics Prize is awarded…

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Campus tours from 10 December     Secondary school students walking around the campus with their parents, dreaming of their college days. It is a familiar scene around this time, but this year the campus tour is organised differently. The three educational organisations on campus – TU Delft, The Hague University of Applied Sciences and Inholland…

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Increase in identity fraud at TU Delft     In recent weeks the number of reports of identity fraud at TU Delft has risen, reports the Directorate of Communication in the TU Delft Newsletter. It usually concerns a request from a staff member to help or contribute a donation or a gift voucher. This can…

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No corona money for some bachelors     No tuition fee reduction, no graduation allowance. One in five bachelor graduates are missing out on the Government’s corona compensation. In total, it saves the Government over EUR 4 million.   This autumn, a student wrote a brief letter to the education spokespersons of the Lower House…

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Christmas lunch with internationals     With all the travel restrictions due to corona, a lonely Christmas is looming for many international TU Delft students. MoTiv, a centre for personal development at TU Delft, therefore took the initiative to organise a Christmas lunch. The organisation is looking for students and employees who are willing to…

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Flu vaccine advice from Student Medical Practice Every winter about one in every ten persons gets the flu (infection with an influenza virus). Usually this is an uncomplicated disease. For some people the risk of complications is slightly raised. In the Netherlands these people are advised to get an influenza vaccination. This yearly vaccination protects…

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What if the sea level rises by two metres?     If we fail to reduce greenhouse gas emission, the Netherlands will see the sea rise by 1.2 to 2 metres by the end of the century. That’s what the NOS website (in Dutch) wrote about the KNMI Klimaatsignaal ’21 report (in Dutch), which was…

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Medical Delta welcomes nine new professors     They all already have an impressive track record at one of the participating centres: TU Delft, Erasmus MC or LUMC. But in the last year, they have been given an additional appointment and now have with one foot in technology and the other in clinical work. This…

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Follow This is echoed in the US     With some reluctance, a second American oil company has now promised to reduce the CO2 emissions of their production process. Chevron now promises a 5% reduction by 2028. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, ongoing pressure from customers and investors have pushed the…

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TU Delft dominates ‘KIJK’s list of ideas     Now everyone can cast their vote on the Dutch science magazine ‘KIJK’s list of 20 best tech ideas (in Dutch). “There are usually two or three entries from TU Delft,” says editor Laurien Onderwater, “But this year there are quite a few more.” Over a third…

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TU researchers develop forensic camera Using a laser attachment, a photo camera doubles as a measuring instrument. TU Delft researchers, led by Dr Arno Loeve (Faculty 3mE), won the Rotterdam police’s Q-lab start-up competition with this invention. The FreeRef is being tested in practice.   In CSI series on television, forensic investigators…

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Defence tests Kitepower on Aruba In early September, a cargo ship will sail from Eemshaven to Aruba carrying a 100 kW generator from Delft-based start-up Kitepower. Later this month, the set-up will be installed in the shadow of the 30 MW Vader Piet wind farm on the island. The Ministry of Defence is planning to…

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CRISPR-Cas but different CRISPR-Cas is known as the scissors that enable molecular biologists to make precise changes in the DNA of living organisms. Plant, microbe, human or animal – CRISPR-Cas always works. Last week, PhD student Sam van Beljouw at the Stan Brouns Lab of Bionano Science (AS Faculty), published an article in…

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Trial: lasers against geese Geese are no longer welcome on the IDE square and between the CEGS building and the Bouwcampus because they defecate on the cosy seats near the water, reports the TU Delft Information Office on the intranet. An experiment to chase the animals away will start soon. It will use laser…

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SHORT: TU Delft issues its own stamps PostNL and TU Delft have issued a sheet of stamps featuring 10 TU Delft innovations. Cartoonist Erwin Suvaal has drawn inviting pictures of things like the clapboard container, energy kites, the sand motor and other innovations. To find out more about the stories behind the…

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Kitepower: EUR 3 million investment Kitepower, a TU Delft start-up, received a EUR 3 million investment last week from South Holland’s energy investment fund ENERGIIQ, Stichting ifund and Windhandel Beheer (EUR 1 million each). Kitepower has been working on the technology to generate wind energy with large (60 m2) steerable kites on a…

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Yes!Delft and Erasmus reaching out Together, Yes!Delft and the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship (ECE) have taken the initiative to set up Talents United to bring together talent from different disciplines. The starting point is that diversity is a prerequisite for creating a multidisciplinary and successful team or company. The motivation is that…

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Inter-club eco-race on liveblog When the annual Shell Eco-marathon for the most economical city car was cancelled, the three student teams with the best papers agreed to meet at Circuit Park Berghem on Friday 11 June. Without an audience, but with a live blog. The race and prize-giving will take place between 16:15 and…

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De verhouding tussen geloof en wetenschap blijft inspireren. Waar de een vindt dat geloof en wetenschap elkaar uitsluiten, daar getuigt een ander hoe christelijke en wetenschappelijke denkwijzen elkaar juist aanvullen. Nanobioloog en evangelisch christen prof.dr. Cees Dekker schreef in 2008 zijn eigen verhaal in Geleerd en gelovig. Nu is hij terug met het…

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Er zal geen herdenkingsbijeenkomst plaatsvinden op dinsdag 4 mei. Diverse plechtigheden rondom de dodenherdenking zullen op afstand worden gedeeld. In de aula zullen rector Tim van der Hagen, burgemeester Marja van Bijsterveldt en vertegenwoordigers van de studentenverenigingenraad, de mijnbouwkundige vereniging en de verenigingsraad een krans leggen bij de gedenkplaat in de hal van de…

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Living layers   The search for living materials has entered a new phase. For some time now, researchers have tried to convert the properties of living cells into manageable materials. The following are often mentioned as functional properties: chemical detection, detoxification, and the production of energy or raw materials. However, transferring living cells to…

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Biomechanics researchers win communication grant Five researchers at Biomechanics (Faculty 3mE) have won a science communication grant from the KNAW. They plan to use the EUR 10,000 to show PhD students and tenure trackers the way in science communication. Dr Eline van der Kruk, one of the applicants, believes that science communication is…

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Tientallen Delftenaren kwamen afgelopen zaterdag 3 april 2021 een stoeptegel ruilen tegen een gratis plantje. Het was de openingsdag van het NK-Tegelwippen, een actie ter vergroening van steden. De actie loopt nog de hele zomer. In totaal werden er zaterdag zo’n 500 tegels ingeleverd, wat overeenkomt met ongeveer 50 m2. De actie is in de…

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6 April – academic action day On Tuesday 6 April, demonstrations in The Hague and university cities will draw attention to the structural underfunding of tertiary education in the Netherlands. A delegation from the Normaal Academisch Peil (normal academic level) action platform will hand over a manifesto to outgoing Minister Van Engelshoven and…

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(Beeld: VNSU) De vereniging van Nederlandse universiteiten (VNSU) is er sneller uit dan de informateurs. Veertien kersverse student-ministers presenteren een alternatief regeerakkoord voor Nederland met de titel ‘Klaar voor de toekomst’. Het opvallendste verschil met de Haagse plannen is de termijn. Kijkt een regeerakkoord vier jaar vooruit, de studentministers kijken 30…

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Project MARCH steps outside Project MARCH is developing a motorised exoskeleton that enables paraplegics to get up and walk again. On Thursday, the student team presented the design for MARCH VI, the sixth consecutive design, online. This time, the team is not aiming for the fastest time over the obstacle course during the…

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A square of qubits QuTech researchers in Menno Veldhorst’s group have rediscovered germanium as a promising platform for quantum bits (qubits). Germanium was originally used as a raw material for transistors, but was later widely replaced by silicon. In their latest publication in Nature (A four-bit germanium quantum processor), the researchers present a functional…

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Technology researchers in the spotlight Four engineering faculties (AE, 3mE, EEMCS and CEGS) have published an English magazine with the title Fundament. The magazine highlights 15 researchers who have been appointed with the extra money (about 60 million per year) that was made available in 2019 according to the Sectorplan Beta en Techniek (Science…

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Survey self-driving vehicles TU Delft transport professor Bert van Wee (faculty TPM), on behalf of his European colleagues, is calling on Delft students and staff to fill out a survey on self-driving vehicles. The options the researchers are looking at go pretty far. Take this one: ‘A self-driving vehicle completely controls the speed and steering…

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‘AI system should know its own limits’   Every artificial intelligent system makes mistakes, said Professor Inald Lagendijk during his lecture on Engineering Meaningful Human Control for the Bataafsch Society last Monday. For an AI system that has to distinguish apples from pears, mistakes might be amusing, but for an HR…

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Drone learns to see like an insect A team from TU Delft and the Westfälische Hochschule presents an optical flow-based learning process that allows robots to estimate distance on the basis of the visual properties (shape, colour, texture) of objects. ‘Optical flow’ means that insects perceive the speed at which…

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Navy makes room for drones The navy’s interest in drones goes beyond a one-off demonstration, as we saw last week. In November last year, MAVlab employees demonstrated their hydrogen drone on board a naval vessel. A month and a half later, the ‘Noordhollands Dagblad’ newspaper writes (in Dutch) that the new seagoing Royal Netherlands Navy vessels…

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Solar boat to Maritime Museum Rotterdam In the opinion of the TU Delft Solar Boat Team, a museum should not only be about the past but also about the future. The addition of the 2016 solar boat to the Rotterdam Maritime Museum draws attention to the need to make shipping more sustainable – a…

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Coral rescuers win space prize The Delft-based start-up Reef Support has won the top European prize in a competition for innovation in earth observation. They received the Copernicus Masters award from the European Space Agency (ESA) for their plan to use satellite images to protect coral reefs. Founders Marcel Kempers and Yohan…

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Foreign students in illegality Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences fears that some foreign master’s students will disappear into illegality. Their English is actually not good enough and after a few weeks they won’t show up. The University of Applied Sciences even has the “suspicion of illegal immigration” which it doesn’t want to support, reports…

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Start-up tests solar hatch for inland navigation The barge De Oleander started sailing through Europe this month with a hatch covered with solar panels. The Wattlab start-up regards it as a practical test. (Photo: Wattlab) When they were students, the founders of Wattlab were introduced to solar energy when they were part of…

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TU Delft iGEM fights locusts with phages The TU Delft team has been highly praised in the international iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) competition in which applied genetics is used to combat global problems. The TU Delft iGEM 2020 team focused on the locust plague that hit East Africa this year. It developed a…

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Herkströter appointed as new ICT-director The Executive Board has appointed Norbert Herkströter as CIO/director of ICT with effect from 1 January 2021. He succeeds Han Derkx, who has held the position of ICT Director ad interim since May this year.   Norbert Herkströter went from oil drilling to cloud storage. He graduated in…

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Photo album Delft in times of Corona Photographer Herman Zonderland captured daily life in Delft during and after the first wave of the corona crisis. Initially he walked around with his camera and notebook through a deserted city, chronicling what it did to him. From Easter onwards there was more life on the streets,…

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Join the Digital University Day Since March, nothing has been as it was. And that also applies to TU Delft staff who suddenly had to do everything remotely: education, academic ceremonies, doctoral degrees and congresses. For the time being, the one-and-a-half-metre society is here to stay. Hence, employees of the TU Delft events agency…

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Influenza vaccination   <Message from the Student Medical Practice>   Every winter about one in every ten persons gets the flu (infection with an influenza virus). Usually this is an uncomplicated disease. For some people the risk of complications is slightly raised. In the Netherlands these people are advised to get an influenza vaccination. This yearly vaccination protects…

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De rol van kunstmatige intelligentie (AI) bij het modelleren van de verspreiding van het coronavirus is vooral ondersteunend. Dat vertelde prof.dr.ir. Robert Kooij (EWI) op een zoombijeenkomst van het Bataafsch Genootschap. Wiskundige modellen die de verspreiding van het virus beschrijven, zijn vanaf het eerste begin gebruikt als ondersteuning van beleid. De overheid, geadviseerd door de rekenaars…

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TU flags half mast for safe education (Photo: Marjolein van der Veldt) On Monday 2 November, the French educational system will commemorate the attack on the teacher Samuel Paty that was also an attack on free and safe education. Last Friday, the Dutch Ministers of Education Van Engelshoven and Slob called…

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The other elections   The world watches like chickens looking at the storm as the Americans express their preference for the Republican President Donald Trump or his democratic challenger Joe Biden today. The average campus dweller has little to say about that. But what TU-Delft staff can vote on today are the…

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Survey on Research Integrity Time pressure, strange outcomes, hierarchy, requests for funding – there are many factors that can put pressure on scientific integrity. What are your experiences as a researcher? The NSRI (National Survey on Research Integrity) survey has posed that question to 40,000 researchers in the Netherlands. The survey started…

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Robotic building at Dutch Design Week The Delft Robotic Building Lab has two entries for the Dutch Design Week (17-25 October) in Eindhoven. The first project, Componential Hybridity, concerns a plant-like stairwell for a former Philips factory hall in the Brabant capital of Eindhoven. Henriette Bier (Architecture and the Built Environment)…

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The German offshore windpark Riffgat. (Photo: Impériale) If it were up to energy economist dr.ir. Laurens de Vries (TBM), offshore wind will become even cheaper in the future. De Vries took part in the European research consortium PROMOTioN. A recent study looked at a potential network of large offshore wind farms (100-200 GW) in…

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The German offshore windpark Riffgat. (Photo: Impériale) To encourage offshore wind farm operators to minimise costs. That is the goal that Energy Economist Dr Laurens de Vries (TPM) set himself as part of the PROMOTioN European research consortium. A recent study looked at a potential network of large offshore wind farms (100-200 GW)…

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The Delft Robotic Building Lab has two entries for the Dutch Design Week (17-25 October) in Eindhoven. The first project, Componential Hybridity, concerns a plant-like stairwell for a former Philips factory hall in the Brabant capital of Eindhoven. Henriette Bier (Architecture and the Built Environment) and her team entwined 3D printed metal…

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Team video Myonics Five IDE students have entered the top 20 of the James Dyson Award, an international design competition, with their special computer interface. The submission of team Myonics enables people suffering from muscular dystrophy (Duchenne’s disease), who can barely move their hands, to work with a computer. The students use…

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Goed afscheid nemen van je mobieltje blijkt niet eenvoudig. Bijna niemand doet het. (Foto:pxhere) Bij de aankoop van een nieuwe telefoon zou je de oude moeten inleveren om te recyclen. Toch leggen de meeste mensen hun afgedankte telefoon(s) in een la, waardoor een circulaire economie in edelmetalen niet van de grond komt. Hoe…

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TU Delft frontrunner in sustainable energy research Five years ago, the UN introduced sixteen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on issues such as poverty, hunger and health. Affordable and clean energy is another goal. Elsevier, a major Dutch scientific publisher, has produced an inventory of publications related to the UN development goals. The analysis shows that…

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VVD MP Mark Harbers pleads for new nuclear energy plants for the Netherlands. Nuclear physicist Jan Leen Kloosterman wants research money for better thorium reactors.

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What are employers looking for? What studies are most in demand among employers? Career platform magnet.me researched this by analysing the graduates that were most frequently approached by employers over the past year. This could be for an internship, a starter’s job or a traineeship. TU Delft appears six times in the top 50…

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HR to replace software by 2021 TU Delft staff are familiar with the multifaceted nature of ICT solutions for leave applications, sick leave and submitting claims. Taking effect on 1 January 2021, all HR related matters will be brought together in a single system. This, at least, is the target date for the software…

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Towards better batteries In theory, a minus lithium pole would allow Li-ion batteries to store two to three times more charge than the current generation of batteries. That sounds attractive. However, a lithium anode never transpired because the current electrolytes (the conductive material between the plus and minus poles) would then break down too…

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Solar boat team finishes third in own race   The TU Delft Solar Boat Team finished third in the solar boat competition for top Dutch teams that it itself organised on the Ketelmeer in Flevoland on 17 August. The race consisted of three parts: endurance, slalom and sprint. Race Officer Eva Smits…

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‘More optimistic about quantum technology’ Intensive collaboration with chipmaker Intel and software giant Microsoft, rapid technological developments, and increased focus on quantum computer applications and quantum software. These developments have made Professor Lieven Vandersypen hopeful about the future of the quantum computer. “This progress makes me more optimistic than five years ago. I want to…

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LIVE: follow the Solar Boat Race here Luxury yachts, expensive sunglasses and crystal clear water. Last year the Delft Solar Boat Team won the offshore competition in Monaco where they competed for the first time in 2016. Before that, the solar boat race was a marathon over Frisian waters. This year, the corona crisis has…

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Library reopens for students At arrival, students should register at a temporary reception desk. (Photo: Jos Wassink) On the first day that the TU Delft Library reopens its doors for students, three quarters of the study places are reserved. Just walking in and finding a place is no longer an option.…

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Momenteel niet meer dan een diepe bouwput achter Civiele Techniek, maar eind volgend jaar een staaltje duurzame architectuur. Dat is wat nieuwssite Inhabitat laat zien van het ontwerp van Ben van Berkels UNStudio. Het gebouw Echo voorziet met zonnepanelen in zijn eigen energie en zal bovendien flexibel ingericht worden met oog op de toekomst.  In de…

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EU geothermal energy programme in Delft The European Commission is investing €3.4 million in a research programme on the safe and efficient use of geothermal energy. A total of 13 PhD students are involved in this programme at four universities, five of which are PhD students in the geothermal research group at the TU Delft…

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TU Delft is looking for a lot of AI talent Can artificial intelligence (AI) accelerate scientific progress? TU Delft is going to investigate this question across a large number of disciplines using the same number of TU Delft AI Labs. The research will start with eight research groups in the fields of materials science,…

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Mechanical engineering students Sweder Reuchlin (l) and Daan Kerssenmakers are working on a fine summer project: the solar water heater. The parabolic mirror concentrates sunlight on the tube in its focal point and heats the water that flows through it. This produces 9 litres of water at 55 degrees Celsius per hour. Together…

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Breaking down plastics No one knows if it can be done, but Professor Frank Hollmann’s group of biocatalysis is going to try anyway: breaking down plastics with enzymes. Hollmann’s group in the Applied Sciences Faculty is one of 10 partners in a 3.18 million euro project called Bizente – one of more than 20 projects…

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Public transport advises to stay away Will there be place in public transport as the lockdown is gradually being opened up? Due to the corona crisis, the use of public transport has dropped by 90%. However, due to the introduction of the 1.5 metre measures, capacity has also been slashed by 75%. Thus far,…

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Kooy Prize for research fast helicopters Laurent Declerck MSc received the Kooy Award from the Kivi Department of Defense and Security for his graduation work on so-called compound helicopters, last April. This new type looks like a hybrid between a helicopter and an airplane. Because of the fixed wing, the aircraft can reach a higher…

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Large fire in student flat in The Hague On Sunday, a major fire raged in The Hague on the sixteenth floor of a student flat. Three people had to go to the hospital because they had inhaled smoke. Some residents of the flat could not flee because the escape routes were full of smoke,…

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De Europese Commissie heeft 17 miljoen euro ter beschikking gesteld voor het project Mining Water dat innovatieve oplossingen belooft voor de winning van grondstoffen uit afvalwater. Het publiek-private consortium telt 38 partners in twaalf landen, en wordt geleid vanuit de TU Delft. Onderzoeksleider prof.dr.ir Mark van Loosdrecht (environmental biotechnology, TNW) zegt daarover: “Water is essentieel…

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‘Een ongekende prestatie’ twitterde minister-president Mark Rutte vanochtend over zijn bezoek aan de faculteit 3mE waar vele tientallen studenten en medewerkers aan corona-gerelateerd onderzoek werken. Communicatiemedewerker Céline Bovy (3mE) vertelt dat Rutte een bezoek bracht aan OperationAir, waar studenten onder leiding van prof.dr.ir. Jaap Harlaar een prototype van een beademingsapparaat hebben gebouwd (zie foto). Ook…

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Professor Lieven Vandersypen will be QuTech’s new Director of Research starting on 1 September 2020. That will also make him Chair of the Management Board of QuTech. He will succeed Professor Ronald Hanson who filled this post from the end of 2016. The Executive Board of TU Delft announced the appointment last week. “I feel…

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(Photo: TU Delft) The dream of transparant solar cells and power-generating windows has come a bit closer. Such dye-sentised solar cells contain a layer of titanium dioxide or ‘titania’. Current production of this material requires high temperatures and advanced vacuum technology. Not anymore. Members of Dr Duncan McMilland’s bio catalysis group (Applied Sciences) have found…

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Vigorous mixing of a solution containing micro particles of graphite may produce graphene, a material with remarkable electrical, mechanical, optical and thermal properties. Researchers from TU Delft and Queen Mary University of London have now published an article based on a simulation of the process. They calculated the molecular dynamics which determine whether layers of…