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At MESA+, we believe in realising grand solutions with the extremely small. We contribute to solving current and future societal challenges. We do this by using our fascination with the extremely small. We bring societal challenges inside and use our fascination to work on innovative and sustainable solutions. We focus on societal challenges in four application areas: HealthAgriFood & Water, Security, and Energy & Sustainability.

With our research, we contribute to a fair, sustainable and digital society.

Embracing a cross-disciplinary approach and benefiting from the MESA+ NanoLab, over 500 researchers deliver high quality, frequently ground-breaking research. MESA+ actively seeks collaboration with external partners providing an excellent setting for consortium formation. Next to our excellent scientists and facilities, we offer a strong regional ecosystem that creates the breeding ground to let ideas blossom and grow to relevant, successful solutions and businesses.

Founded in 1921, the Netherlands’ Physical Society (NNV) is the organization representing physicists in The Netherlands. NNV stands up for physics in secondary and higher education and scientific research in The Netherlands. NNV aims to contribute to a strong knowledge base and an excellent scientific research environment.

NNV serves the interests of all Dutch physicists, whether they are employed in research, education, private companies or government. The society fosters contact between its members and individuals abroad, societies and organizations in the field of physics. NNV organizes conferences, is involved in improvement and innovation of Dutch science education and the society supports outreach activities, specifically targeting students in elementary and secondary schools. NNV has initiated the website and publishes the NTvN, the Dutch Journal for Physics.

NNV’s sections are dedicated to various subfields of physics, the private sector and education. Each section organizes specific activities, e.g. conferences.

With support from local and national industry the ‘Stichting Technisch Hoger Onderwijs voor Noord- en Oost-Nederland’ was founded on 17 December 1948. The goal of this foundation was to promote technical higher education in the north and east of the Netherlands and to continue providing support once schools were founded. Staying true to their goal this lobby managed to get the government to found the ‘Technische Hogeschool’ in the north-east of the Netherlands. The public support in the region and moreover the close proximity to the powerful industry in Twente made Enschede the place found the ‘Hogeschool’. Within five days a fairly large donation was gathered by local industry and local benefactors. The foundation was appointed to manage this donation money. During the years not only local industry and benefactors donated money but more and more alumni and former employees started to contribute. The foundation’s goal, however, has never changed through the years: to provide support to what is now the University of Twente.

The Physics of Fluids group is studying various flow phenomena. The present research interests cover fluid dynamics in a broad sense. Both fundamental and more applied science is done in the group and both experimental, theoretical, and numerical methods are used. The group receives external research funds from NWO, ERC, EU, and various companies. The group is part of the Max Planck Center for Complex Fluid Mechanics and participates in the research program of the MESA+ Institute of Nanotechnology and the Technical Medical (TechMed) Centre.

We investigate the use of light for medical purposes. Our final aim is to develop optical and hybrid optical-acoustical technologies for medical diagnosis, in particular in the fields of oncology and wound healing. Physiological properties of primary interest to us are microcirculatory blood flow, hemoglobin concentrations, and blood oxygenation. Our approaches include physical research into light-tissue interaction and its measurement, biomedical engineering to realize suitable instrumentation for in vivo use, and clinical evaluation together with several medical partners.

Focusing research on XUV optics for industrial and scientific exploitation


Manipulating light in the XUV range

XUV light—light with a wavelength in the range from tenths to tens of nanometers—offers new insight in the physics and industrial opportunities. XUV light can trigger atomic and material processes that are otherwise unobserved, providing a new view on light-matter interactions. For industry, XUV light offers the ability to image at the nanometer scale, and to perform materials analysis with high sensitivity. These applications all require high precision optics to manipulate the light: optics that reflect, focus, and filter XUV light.


Industrial Focus Group XUV Optics

The development of such optics is the goal of the ‘Industrial Focus Group XUV Optics’. The group is among the top groups in nanotechnology and excels at gearing fundamental research to the specific questions and needs of science and industry. Industrial partners like ASML, Carl Zeiss, and PANalytical join the Focus Group from the first onset of technological developments to gain advantages in product development.



The work of the group has applications in the fields of photolithography, materials analysis, and spectroscopy. Examples are found in X-ray space telescopes, PANalytical’s spectrometers, and in ASML’s wafer scanners. The group’s research has been key to the development of high-resolution photolithography, enabling a new generation of computer chips.


Physics programme

At the heart of XUV optical elements is the multilayer mirror, consisting of many alternating layers of two or more materials. These layers are typically only a few nm thick. The performance of the optics depends on the design, the precision, and the durability of this multilayer. The research programme of the Focus Group covers fundamental studies on the design and growth of multilayered structures, the optimisation of their spectral response, the control of XUV-induced surface processes, and the development of coating and nanostructuring techniques.



The experimental facilities for the optics and materials research are state-of-the-art. They consist of several ultra-high vacuum cluster tools including multi-method deposition chambers, facilities for x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, high-sensitivity low-energy ion scattering, and scanning tunnelling microscopy. For the investigation of EUV-induced processes, the group has an experimental set-up for EUV exposure, which is attached to an EUV light source at it’s satellite lab at ASML.

The NanoElectronics Group (NE) performs research and provides education in the field of nanoelectronics, comprising the study of the electronic and magnetic properties of systems with critical dimensions in the nanoregime. It is our mission to excel in the field of nanoelectronics through the development of novel (concepts for) electronic devices and systems with nanoscale dimensions for application in future generations of electronics and information storage. In particular, we focus on neuromorphic electronics, quantum (spin) electronics, 2D electronic systems and acousto-electronics.

Our vision is that nanoelectronics will play an increasingly important role in future information technology. With the emerging challenges in conventional electronics, in particular miniaturization and energy consumption, there will be need for alternative, disruptive device concepts and architectures. We expect that nanoelectronics will have big impact throughout society, and we especially foresee contributions to sustainability, healthcare and security.

The Optical sciences group strives to exploit the creation, manipulation and control of light and its interaction with matter to develop novel techniques and devices. In particular, we are very interested in the development of novel spectroscopic and microscopic tools and integrated photonic devices to be used for early diagnostics of diseases. Key words are: sensing, Raman, spectroscopy, microscopy, integration of active-passive material platforms, novel active materials, on-chip amplifiers, novel on-chip lasers.

The research of EMS is application oriented and greatly benefits from its internationally recognized expertise and unique infrastructure on applied superconductivity and cryogenics. The main focus is on sustainable energy, with the ambition of developing technologies, materials and systems that play a key role in our future energy chains. We investigate the application of superconductivity in the power grid (e.g. superconducting cables for transport of electric power), as well as the application of cryogenic technologies and materials for liquid energy carriers such as liquid natural gas and hydrogen. The group has an excellent track record in international pioneering projects on sustainable energy (such as ITER on nuclear fusion), but also in non-energy related, but very challenging, projects at CERN and ESA.