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.

Healthy Solutions from Excellent Science

Our society faces numerous challenges in the field of healthcare. These include an ageing population, a growing number of people with lifestyle related diseases like obesity and diabetes and other chronic diseases, as well as rapidly rising staff shortages. These challenges require new products and services in the healthcare industry and technology can play a crucial role in addressing those challenges.

That is why Health has been a key focus at Eindhoven University of Technology for many years. In fact, we were the first Dutch university to offer a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering.

One of our key projects in Egineering Health is the European collarobative project ImaValve. Researchers want to realize the dream of creating a living heart valve that is grown inside the patient’s body at the site of destination and that consists of the patient’s own tissue (see video).


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. 


"I never stop looking for answers"

My life is all about curiosity; I never stop looking, looking for answers.  I don't need to be remembered, more than anything I want to understand things - although there will always be unanswered questions. In my field I would very much like to achieve something for the patients I meet. The heart valve must soon become a real part of clinical practice. Its potential for curiosity is now minimal, my work on it is over, finished.

Carlijn Bouten, professor of Cardiovascular Regeneration at TU/e



Our Recent Prizes and Grants

Jimmy Melskens

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

Henk Corporaal

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

Ivo Filot

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

Alex Alvarado

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

Nikhil Bansal

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

Koen Hendriks

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

Richard Lopata

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

Liesbeth Janssen

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

Kitty Nijmeijer

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

Tugce Martagan

for a better availability of rare drugs (€250.000)

Mark Vis

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

Alberto Curto

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

Bert Meijer

Japanese award for principles of supramolecular chemistry

Ghislaine Vantomme

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


High impact medical innovations thanks to flagship collaboration

The cross-appointments, i. e. people with positions along the entire chain, are very important for the success of the collaboration between Eindhoven University of Technology, Philips, the Catharina Hospital, the Maxima Medical Centre and the Kempenhaege Expertise Centre. Physicians advise Philips and are a part-time professor at the university. Philips people are part-time professor or advisor at the TU/e and a TU/e-employee can also work at Philips or the hospital.

Lukas Dekker, cardiologist at the Catharina Hospital and researcher at the TU/e

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...

Center for Wireless Technology

The CWTe facilitates research on wireless systems and antennas, raising the Internet of Things to a...

Darcy Lab

The Darcy Lab offers unique MRI facilities specially equipped for researching the properties of...

Equipment & Prototype Center

The  Equipment & Prototype Center (EPC) makes custom experimental setups and prototypes for various...

Future Fuels Lab

In the Future Fuels Lab scientists are researching green fuels and cleaner combustion methods for...

High Capacity Optical Transmission Lab

The High Capacity Optical Transmission Lab facilitates research on innovative optical fibers and signal...

Institute for Complex Molecular Systems Laboratory

ICMS/Lab facilitates the development and characterization of innovative materials from a molecular...

Laboratory for Cell & Tissue Engineering

The Laboratory for Cell & Tissue Engineering facilitates culturing of autologous tissues across the...


The Microfab/Lab facilitates the development of new micromanufacturing technologies for use in life...

Multiscale Lab

The Multiscale Lab facilitates research on the deformation and failure behavior of composite materials....


NanoAccess makes it possible to produce, process and analyze innovative materials with nanometer...


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


With the facilities of the SolarLab, atomic layers can be applied to solar cells, in a quick,...

Wind Tunnel

The wind tunnels on the campus of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) facilitate aerodynamic and...

PhD in the Spotlight

The removal of skull bone requires surgeons to work at the limits of human capabilities, as it has to be done very precise, under conditions of limited view. I have designed and realized a new surgical robot, to perform sub-millimeter bone removal tasks in the skull, based on CT-scans. My robot holds the promise to help surgeons with surgical procedures so these can be performed more accurate and faster than can be done by hand now. This could improve the quality of the outcome for patients, and relieve surgeons from strenuous operations.

Jordan Bos, PhD-defense date 16 April 2018


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