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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.

Simona Turco

"I support clinical decision-making via analysis of biosignals"

Marina Pilz da Cunha

"I develop stimuli-responsive polymers for next generation devices"

Christina Papachristou

"I design the office buildings of the future"

Anat Akiva

"I explore how organisms produce minerals such as bone and seashells"

Gizem Aktas

"I simulate the human metabolic system"

Aymen Ayaz

"I simulate MRI for medical image analysis research"

Aimi Ghazali

"I design social cues for persuasive robots"

Suzanne Koch

"I use the immune system to regenerate blood vessels"

Laura Kollau

"I design solvents to make chemistry more sustainable"

Dibyashree Koushik

"I do atomic layer deposition for perovskite solar cells"

Johanna Melke

"I grow human bones in the lab"

Dylan Mostert

"I organise chaos in the human heart"

Didem Mumcuoglu

"I make biomaterials to engineer organs or tissues"

Maria Pastrama

"I research how cartilage interacts mechanically with implants"


TU/e podcast “Sound of Science”

In the first episode of season 2 of the podcast Sound of Science, Flemish comedian and science fanatic Lieven Scheire talks to Patricia Dankers and Dan Jing WU about biomaterials, regenerative medicine and supramolecular polymers. The two scientists have one dream: to develop material that has the right characteristics to grow a part of the body, such as a heart or kidney. 

The podcasts are in Dutch.


Complex Molecular Systems

Molecules constitute the world around us—both natural and synthetic. Even we humans are teeming with molecules. Through understanding of complex molecular systems at the most fundamental level we are able to shape the future of materials, energy, mobility, health, and life itself. At TU/e, the Institute for Complex Molecular Systems (ICMS) performs research in this exciting field.


Our Research Areas

At TU/e, research groups of different disciplines work together to make an impact on scientific and societal issues, often in close collaboration with industry. Our multidisciplinair approach is focussed on different research areas. 



We need to thoroughly reconsider our views on the formation of supramolecular structures, says Bert Meijer. “Supramolecular structures are the result of a series of reaction steps, just like complex molecules are. That is why we should start thinking in terms of non-covalent synthesis, which implies that we need to develop synthetic methods, just like we do in classic organic synthesis.” But how? That is what the focus area on Functional Supramolecular Systems aims to find out.

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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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 deformation and failure behavior of composite materials. The insights gained lead to...

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

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

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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...

PhD in the Spotlight

Light emitted by LEDs can flicker or exhibit a stroboscopic effect, which can lead to annoyance, fatigue and even headaches. Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology and Signify determined the characteristics of light at which the human eye no longer perceives these unwanted effects. The model developed allows lighting manufacturers to test for these undesirable effects while designing their LED products. Gosia Perz will be awarded a PhD for this research at TU/e on February 5th.


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...

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

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


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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