prof.dr. E.P.A.M. (Erik) Bakkers - Expertise

Bakkers, prof.dr. E.P.A.M.
Address :
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
P.O. Box 513
5600 MB EINDHOVEN
Department :
Department of Applied Physics
Section :
Advanced Nanomaterials & Devices
Positioncategory :
Professor (HGL)
Position :
Full Professor
Room :
FLX 2.107
Tel :
+31 40-247 5170
Tel (internal) :
5170
Email :
e.p.a.m.bakkers@tue.nl

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Biography

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.” 

Academic background

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. 

Highlights

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