Research profile

The department encompasses thirteen large research groups, each containing one or more full professors, as well as a number of associate and/or assistant professors. The research groups represent key organizational units within the department, and provide continuity within chosen research themes, as well as opportunities for sharing of infrastructure and short-term financial risks. As a major step towards the creation of research focus, the department has adopted a new organizational structure, where all research groups are now part of one or more research disciplines, also called 'clusters', namely FBS - Fluids, Bio and Soft Matter, PB - Plasmas and Beams and NQP - Nano, Quantum and Photonics. This new grouping has created a structure where, both physically and organizationally, research groups find themselves in the vicinity of the other research groups that they most intensively collaborate with, or would be most likely to.

In addition to the research groups and the three disciplines, the department manages a number of institutes and research centers that are operated jointly with other departments within TU/e or with external partners.

Our Research groups

Department of Applied Physics

Advanced Nanomaterials & Devices

It is fascinating how materials properties at the nanoscale can be radically changed by means of size, crystal structure or surface states.…

Department of Applied Physics

Coherence and Quantum Technology

Our central theme is dilute matter at high phase space density. Our goal is exploiting quantum coherence. Our work is both theoretical and…

Department of Applied Physics

Elementary Processes in Gas Discharges

We study the elementary processes in gas discharges through a mix of theory, modeling and the development of diagnostics.

Department of Applied Physics

Fluids and Flows

The Fluids and Flows (F&F) group addresses fundamental questions in fluid dynamics in an integrated approach. 

Department of Applied Physics

Materials Simulation & Modelling

We use simulation to design multifunctional materials and optimize processes related to renewables and energy efficiency

Departments of Applied Physics / Biomedical Engineering

Molecular Biosensing

The MBx group develops technologies based on micro- and nanoparticles for monitoring patients and for treating diseases. Towards this goal,…

Departments of Applied Physics / Chemical Engineering and Chemistry

Molecular Materials and Nanosystems

The Molecular Materials and Nanosystems (M2N) group is active in both the department of Applied Physics and the department of Chemical…

Department of Applied Physics

Photonics and Semiconductor Nanophysics

We explore the novel physics and applications emerging from the interaction of light with nanoscale matter.

Department of Applied Physics

Physics of Nanostructures

We explore novel ways of controlling the electron spin and magnetic textures at the nanoscale for a wide range of applications.

Department of Applied Physics

Plasma & Materials Processing

Our scientific objective is to obtain atomic-level understanding of the interaction of plasmas and reactive gases with materials in the…

Department of Applied Physics

Science and Technology of Nuclear Fusion

We work on selected, pressing problems of nuclear fusion energy by coming up with innovative solutions, ranging from turbulence optimization…

Department of Applied Physics

Soft Matter and Biological Physics

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


Transport in Permeable Media

It is our goal to understand the physics of transport and phase changes in complex permeable media, so we can better engineer materials for…

Our research centers

Our labs