The Unexpected Science of Steel and Chocolate
Did you know that chocolate tastes different, is less prone to breaking and melts more quickly when its structure changes? And did you know that this is a typical materials-related aspect that researchers also look at when making steel, for example? The complex challenges that chocolatiers face every day are in fact pure science, just like the production of steel.
The event is particularly appropriate for bachelor and master students & researchers who study or work at one of the four universities of technology in the Netherlands, but of course anyone interested in the spellbinding science of steel and chocolate is welcome!
Sybrand van der Zwaag receives Honorary Doctorate
Professor Sybrand van der Zwaag was informed that the Rector Magnificus of Mons University, Belgium has decided to award him an Honorary Doctorate for his work on self-healing materials at TU Delft. Van der Zwaag: ‘I am very proud of this international and academic sign of recognition of the inspiring work we do in the Novel Aerospace Materials group, in the Delft Centre for Materials and in partnership with our international colleagues.’ The degree will be awarded on 31 March 2017 in Mons, Belgium.
(Source: Newsletter Aerospace Engineering, December 2016)
Lucia Nicola professor Computational Materials Science
At the department of Materials Science and Engineering of the Faculty of 3mE dr.ir. Lucia Nicola has been appointed as full professor Computational Materials Science (as from 1 October 2016 onwards).
In 2004 Nicola obtained her doctorate in Mathematics and Physics at University of Groningen. Since 2006 she works at at the Delft University of Technology, first as Assistant Professor, later as Associate Professor at the department of Materials Science and Engineering.In 2015 Lucia Nicola was awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant for research to attain an unprecedented understanding of metal friction and lubrication by accounting, for the first time, for all relevant phenomena occurring from the atomic to the macro-scale, and their interplay.
Workshop: Liquid crystal as functional material
This two-day workshop on ‘Liquid crystal as functional material’ was organized by Eindhoven University of Technology and University of Twente within the framework of 4TU.High-Tech Materials. The main purpose of this workshop was to exchange/ share recent developments in liquid crystals between the research groups in the Netherlands and abroad.
It was a very successful international workshop on liquid crystals with both national and international participants. The participants/lecturers came from the USA, Israel, and Japan. From the Netherlands a broad range of participants and presenters (Professors, PhD’s and Post-docs) came from Twente University, Eindhoven University of Technology and Delft University of Technology. Also scientists from the Radboud University Nijmegen and the University of Groningen participated. The lectures are very well received and stimulated many discussions, the participants expressed their appreciation towards the workshop and frequently asked to organize this on a yearly or two-yearly basis.
Volledig interview met Prof. Matyjaszewski (in C2W)
'Je moet het spul wel kunnen maken' (Pdf, 7 MB)
Binnen de polymeerchemie geldt Krzysztof Matyjaszewski als belangrijke kanshebber op een Nobelprijs. De komende jaren spijkert hij de 3TU-federatie van technische universiteiten bij. ‘Zonder fundamenteel werk kun je nooit grote stappen vooruit zetten.’
(C2W, Arjen Dijkgraaf, 9 May 2016) |
Prof. Krzysztof Matyjaszewski (Carnegie Mellon University) is the international expert within the 4TU.HTM research project 'From Flatland to Spaceland' (project leaders: prof. Julius Vancso (UT) and prof. Bert de With (TU/e)). For that reason he was visiting the Netherlands in February 2016. He has been giving lectures at the University of Twente and at Eindhoven University of Technology.
Inaugural lecture Kaspar Jansen
On Friday 17 June 2016, Kaspar Jansen, professor Emerging Materials, will give his inaugural lecture 'Materials that Move'. This lecture is part of the symposium Future Materials organized by the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering.
Time: 15.00 hours
Place: Aula, TU Delft
The Future Materials symposium features lectures by Ena Voûte, Erik Tempelman, Roberto Verganti, Pim Groen and Eric Biermann, live material demonstrations and poster exhibtions.
Time: 12.00 - 18.00 hours (including lunch, symposium, inaugural lecture, reception and exhibition)
Place: Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering and Aula, TU Delft
The 4TU research centre High-Tech Materials participated in Materials 2016, the trade fair and conference in Veldhoven, 20-21 April 2016. At this event professionals who are involved in studying, choosing, applying, processing and finishing materials, had the change to meet, to talk, to network, and to learn.
4TU.HTM was an exhibitor at stand #53 with the following materials:
Dutch Materials 2015
In the Beatrix building of Jaarbeurs Utrecht the High-Tech Materials community of the - then - three Dutch universities of technology (3TU until May 2016) was represented by about 50 colleagues in materials science and engineering. Jilt Sietsma, Scientific Director of 4TU.HTM, welcomed them all presenting (Pdf file, 1MB) the goals and ambitions of the research centre.
Biggest aim of 4TU.HTM is to collaborate! A survey of key words characterising the type of work scientists within 4TU.HTM do, shows that they all work on materials. Zooming in it reveals that there are a lot of categories in which the researchers from the three TU's find each other. This provides a lot of opportunities for the activities of 4TU.HTM.
A key note lecture - Mechanisms of toughening of soft polymeric materials: some recent advances - was held by dr. Costantino Creton. He is a CNRS Research Director within the Soft Matter Science and Engineering Labatory of the ESPCI ParisTech. He also is a scientific chairman of the Performance Polymers technology area of the Dutch Polymer Institute. Moreover, he will be involved within the 4TU.HTM research programme project proposed by dr. Kees Storm and dr. Wouter Ellenbroek, performing the role of international expert.
Selection New Horizons 2015
The 4TU Research Centre High-Tech Materials, a concerted effort by Delft and Eindhoven Universities of Technology, the University of Twente and Wageningen University, provides an impulse to the design of new materials. With the selection of six research proposals it will stimulate the development of new knowledge on materials in high-quality academic research.
Just like other 4TU Research Centres, 4TU.HTM received funding from the 4TU Federation to launch a new research programme*: “New Horizons in designer materials”. In July 2015, six research projects have been selected to act as nuclei for new academic research groups in the Netherlands for the design and development of future materials. The projects are scientifically fundamental and highly innovative. For each project an excellent postdoctoral researcher with the ambition and the potential for a tenured academic career in the Netherlands will be recruited. Each of these post-docs will be working in close collaboration with internationally renowned experts in the field of materials science.