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.
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.
High Tech Systems
In next-generation high-tech and mechatronic systems, extreme functionalities and performance requirements will be realized by using a...
The Strategic Area Energy envisions a sustainable world that produces enough energy for its consumption, unimpeded by scarce resources and...
Data Science is an interdisciplinary field that uses a variety of techniques to create value based on extracting knowledge and insights from...
Complex Molecular Systems
Creating future technologies by mastering complexity Molecules constitute the world around us—both natural and synthetic. Even we humans...
The Strategic Area Health covers many different areas; from cancer research to regenerative medicine and from biosensors to data science...
Shaping our future with the power of light Photonics – the generation, processing and detection of light – is crucial to our future...
The Strategic Area Smart Mobility recognizes that being mobile is a biological urge of humans and is prerequisite for a sound economy and...
Humans and Technology
The research Center for Humans & Technology (Center H&T) at TU/e focusses on the relationship between people and technology, and how one transforms the other.
Our recent prizes and grants
to increase the current maximum data capacity of optical fiber, that will soon become insufficient (€1,5 million)
works on a new class of organic molecules that can form the basis of a flow battery (€250.000)
for analog circuits to the limit (€ 800.000)
works on higher yield for silicon solar cells (€250.000)
to develop new materials like fat-free mayonaise or new types of paint (€250,000)
to work on ultrasound scanners for improved diagnosis of cardiovascular symptoms (€2 million)
For a miniature bone model (€ 800.000)
for the removal of medicinal residues from water (€600,000)
for ultra-small optical and electronic circuits of just 1 nanometer thick (€600,000)
for research on catalysis at mesoscale (€250,000)
to work towards self-sufficient materials with surfaces that vibrate by light (€250.000)
to develop new algorithmic methods to make discrete decisions in a continuous way (€1,5 million)
to make self-learning automatic systems more efficient and transparent through 'deep learning' (€7 million)
for a better availability of rare drugs (€250.000)
to develop a general theory of glass (€600,000)
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.
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.
Center for Wireless Technology
The CWTe facilitates research on wireless systems and antennas, raising the Internet of Things to a higher level.
The Darcy Lab offers unique MRI facilities specially equipped for researching the properties of technological porous materials.
Equipment & Prototype Center
The Equipment & Prototype Center (EPC) makes custom experimental setups and prototypes for various fields of research.
Future Fuels Lab
In the Future Fuels Lab scientists are researching green fuels and cleaner combustion methods for engines.
High Capacity Optical Transmission Lab
The High Capacity Optical Transmission Lab facilitates research on innovative optical fibers and signal processing techniques to enable...
Institute for Complex Molecular Systems Laboratory
ICMS/Lab facilitates the development and characterization of innovative materials from a molecular perspective.
Laboratory for Cell & Tissue Engineering
The Laboratory for Cell & Tissue Engineering facilitates culturing of autologous tissues across the full spectrum of the research field.
The Microfab/Lab facilitates the development of new micromanufacturing technologies for use in life sciences applications.
The Multiscale Lab facilitates research on the deformation and failure behavior of composite materials. The insights gained lead to...
NanoAccess makes it possible to produce, process and analyze innovative materials with nanometer accuracy, without releasing the necessary...
The NanoLab@TU/e offers a unique combination of equipment for developing optical chips and other applications based on compound...
With the facilities of the SolarLab, atomic layers can be applied to solar cells, in a quick, controlled manner, making solar cells even...
The wind tunnels on the campus of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) facilitate aerodynamic and boundary layer research on static and...
Highlighted Research Groups
Self-Organizing Soft Matter
We study self-assembly processes in (biological) soft matter and translate fundamental insights into rational design strategies for novel...
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...
Theory of Polymers and Soft matter
Enabling a sustainable, functional and resource-efficient next generation of materials by uncovering the physical mechanisms underlying the...
The Database (DB) group studies core engineering and foundational challenges in scalable and effective management of Big Data.
Technology, Innovation & Society
We research innovation and socio-technical transitions towards a more sustainable society.
Future Everyday aims at bridging the gap between emerging technologies and people’s everyday life: how to deal with uncertainties that come...
Stochastic Operations Research
SOR is concerned with complex systems that operate under randomness and uncertainty, and aims to develop mathematical models and techniques...
Our mission is to develop innovative technological concepts and fabrication methods for microsystems for a wide range of applications. Our...
Systemic Change uses Design and Technology to study socio-technical systems at the level of a community, by designing technology-enabled...
Building Physics and Services
The BPS group conducts research that aims to lead to a sustainable, healthy, comfortable and productive in and outdoor environment.