prof.dr. E.P.A.M. (Erik) Bakkers - Expertise
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prof.dr. E.P.A.M. (Erik) Bakkers
Full Professor, Department of Applied Physics, Advanced Nanomaterials and Devices
“A fascinating aspect of my work is manipulating quantum properties of materials at nano-scale, opening up a new world, and testing and developing theories put forward a century ago.”
After obtaining his PhD in nanoelectrochemistry at Utrecht University, Erik started working at Philips Research in Eindhoven in 2000. At that time, research into nanotechnology was being initiated and Erik was offered the opportunity to start up his own research group. This team focused on nanowires - lines of material with a width of several tens of nanometers- an area he continues to research to this day, looking at integration into semiconductors in particular. In 2005, Erik also began work in the area of chemical sensors.
In 2010, his growing interest in fundamental research resulted in Erik joining Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) as well as Delft University of Technology as part-time professor in the Quantum Transport group.
Nanowires: significant progress
In Eindhoven, Erik founded his own research group in 2017. The group continues to research nanowires, and has made significant progress in three key areas. The first area, nanomaterials, involves collaboration with Delft in the search for Majorana particles. The recent discovery of Majorana fermions in nanowires opens up a completely new field of research and applications including their possible use as carrier of quantum information for quantum computing.
The second area is light emission from silicon. By changing the crystalline properties of silicon, it can be made to emit light, which could, for example, revolutionize fibre-optic data transmission. The third area is the application of nanowires in solar cells, in which significant efficiency gains have been achieved.
2007: Technical Review award from MIT
2010: Vici grant from NWO
2012: Publication ‘Signatures of Majorana fermions in hybrid superconductor-semiconductor nanowire devices’ in Science
2013: European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grants
2013: Science AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize
2017: Publication ‘Epitaxy of advanced nanowire quantum devices’ in