Research Profile

The Department presently consists of twelve Research Groups. The task of each of them is to provide scientific focus and mass on their specific topic, the provide a clear external profile, to facilitate the profiling of the individual PI's (Principal Investigators) active in the groups, and to maintain a sound external funding profile. They are also the administrative units in which the Department is organized.

The Department is organized in three disciplines:

  • Fluids, Bio and Soft Matter
  • Plasmas and Beams
  • Nano, Quantum and Photonics.

Four valorization themes have been adopted:

  • Smart materials and processes
  • Renewable energy
  • High tech systems
  • Engineering health

It is no coincidence that these four themes are also present in the six Cross-Disciplinary Research Themes (CRT's) that have been installed within TU/e.
This is visualized in the following graph:

In addition, four institutes and centers are active, managed by the Department:

CCER was founded by the Department together with DIFFER. This center unites the Departments of AP, ME, MCS and ST. New, cross-department projects are applied for, in many cases together with DIFFER. Part-time chairs have been installed recently, residing at our Department.

QT/e has also been founded by the Department, and combines several groups in our Department that are active in the area of quantum technology with groups in other departments within TU/e, such as EE and MCS.

IPI is the cluster of groups that are active in the area of photonics. In combination with groups within the EE Department strong focus and mass is gained for this topic, and the IPI is also part of the larger ecosystem Photon Delta, that makes the link between academia, industry and society.

SMPE/e is the organization that started around the PDEng program Clinical Physics, but that now encompasses research activities in the area of medical physics.

The interconnections between the research groups, the valorization themes, and the centers and institutes is illustrated in the following table:

The links below lead to the individual research groups and the centers: