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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.

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Katleen Gabriels in first episode of TU/e podcast “Sound of Science”

In the first episode of the new scientific podcast Sound of Science, Flemish comedian and science fanatic Lieven Scheire talks to Katleen Gabriels about the ethics of technology. According to Katleen, technology is not neutral and in the podcast she discusses the dilemmas that modern technology entails. She explains how the use of GPS and tracking devices has changed the relationship between parents and children, and they talk about who is responsible for the consequences of the self-driving car.

The podcasts are in Dutch.

 

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. 

 

Smart Mobility: Driven by Technology

Mobility is a basic human need. It is a prerequisite for a healthy economy and sustainable society. However, our current mobility system is far from sustainable. In fact, pollution, noise, congestion, inefficient use of public space and high accidents rates are drastically impacting on the economy and our well-being.

At TU/e we believe that a future of fully sustainable mobility is possible and within reach. In fact, our students and over 200 researchers who conduct research on mobility related issues, are committed to accelerate the transition to a sustainable mobile future.

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Our recent prizes and grants

Alex Alvarado

to increase the current maximum data capacity of optical fiber, that will soon become insufficient (€1,5 million)

Koen Hendriks

works on a new class of organic molecules that can form the basis of a flow battery (€250.000)

Pieter Harpe

for analog circuits to the limit (€ 800.000)

Jimmy Melskens

works on higher yield for silicon solar cells (€250.000)

Mark Vis

to develop new materials like fat-free mayonaise or new types of paint (€250,000)

Richard Lopata

to work on ultrasound scanners for improved diagnosis of cardiovascular symptoms (€2 million)

Sandra Hofman

For a miniature bone model (€ 800.000)

Kitty Nijmeijer

for the removal of medicinal residues from water (€600,000)

Alberto Curto

for ultra-small optical and electronic circuits of just 1 nanometer thick (€600,000)

Ivo Filot

for research on catalysis at mesoscale (€250,000)

Ghislaine Vantomme

to work towards self-sufficient materials with surfaces that vibrate by light (€250.000)

Nikhil Bansal

to develop new algorithmic methods to make discrete decisions in a continuous way (€1,5 million)

Henk Corporaal

to make self-learning automatic systems more efficient and transparent through 'deep learning' (€7 million)

Tugce Martagan

for a better availability of rare drugs (€250.000)

Liesbeth Janssen

to develop a general theory of glass (€600,000)

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Industry and students benefit from part-time professorships

Eindhoven University of Technology has a strong bond with the industry and that is reflected in the collaborations that result from this. In 2016, the university had 123 part-time professors, all of whom have their main function in business or with social institutions. This number continues to rise. Gerard van Rooij is one of the new part-time professors.

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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Microfab/Lab

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

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

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NanoLab@TU/e

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

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SolarLab

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

More precise surgical tool for deep-brain stimulation offers a solution to waiting lists

Deep-brain stimulation (DBS) can, among other things, alleviate uncontrolled movement and trembling in Parkinson’s patients. However, the existing technology to place DBS electrodes in the brain is imprecise, so that only top specialists achieve a good success rate. Marc Janssens of Eindhoven University of Technology has therefore developed new instruments that brain surgeons with less experience with DBS can use to place the electrode with precision in the right place in the brain. This can help to shorten the waiting lists. Janssens receives his PhD on 25 June.

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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

Microsystems

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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