Without sponsors, no symposium! Just like other events that are organized by S.V. Arago we have sponsors to fund our event. Our first sponsors are known! Let us introduce you to the following research groups of Twente University:

Physics of Fluids (PoF)
The Physics of Fluids group is studying a wide variety of flow phenomena, both fundamental and applied, and we combine experimental, theoretical, and numerical methods to solve problems in fluid dynamics. The range of topics goes from nanobubbles to accretion disks, from granular flow to medical flow, and from wind turbines to microfluidic chips. The problems we study generally get their complexity from phase transitions (boiling, cavitation, melting, dissolution), from particulate additions (particles, bubbles, droplets), from chemical additions (surfactants, pH), from gradients (salinity, thermal, velocity), from boundary conditions (pinning, (de)wetting, superhydrophobicity), or material properties (elasticity, plasticity). Complexity can also arise from very small scales or very high velocities, which can be solved by using the latest high-speed cameras, (confocal) microscopes, and high speed lasers, or by simulating the problems.

With over a 100 members in the PoF group we cover a wide range of topics in our 16 labs and use high-performance computing facilities all over the world. The group receives external research funding from NWO, ERC, EU, and various companies. The group is part of the Max Planck Center for Complex Fluid Mechanics and participates in the Technical Medical (TechMed) Centre research program.

Clinical Neurophysiology (CNPH)

Research in the Clinical Neurophysiology group is at the interface of neuroscience, neurophysiology and clinical neurology, focusing on cerebral ischemia and epilepsy. In addition, to improve understanding of pathophysiology, we aim to develop novel diagnostic tools and treatments. Our research is truly translational: from the UT to the clinic and back.

The EEG is a key clinical and research tool. EEG signal analysis includes various machine learning techniques to improve diagnostic values and (bedside) application. Applied EEG studies are complemented by biophysical modeling and simulation for improved understanding of underlying neuronal dynamics and prediction of treatment effects. In addition, we use in vitro models consisting of cultured neurons (from rodent or human induced pluripotent stem cells) on multi-electrode arrays to study basic neuronal and synaptic functioning, identify treatment targets, and screen treatments.

Biomedical Photonic Imaging (BMPI)

We investigate the use of light for imaging and measuring structure and function in living tissues. We develop optical and hybrid optical-acoustical technologies for serving medicine and biology.  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 medical partners. Applications are high resolution imaging of brain tissue and organs-on-a-chip, the physiology of lactation and the support of breast feeding mothers, clinical imaging for dermatology, diabetic foot care and transplant surgery, and plaque imaging in the human carotid artery.

We can host students with a range of interests: from basic physics and modelling to a more application oriented approach, from preference for lab work to collaboration with hospitals, you are all welcome in our group. We will offer you good supervision and a nice group atmosphere.

For more information check our website and our intranet site for students.

BIOS Lab on a Chip group

The BIOS Lab-on-a-Chip chair (“Miniaturized systems for biomedical and environmental applications”) aims at the research and development of Lab-on-a-Chip (LOC) systems.


  • Further the knowledge and understanding of nanofluidics and nanosensing 
  • Bridge the gap between users from physical, chemical, biomedical and life-science fields
  • Develop new micro- and nano-technologies for Lab on a Chip systems
  • Demonstrate the potential of LOC applications in biomedical applications
  • Transfer knowledge to companies and spin offs 

Inorganic Materials Science (IMS)

The IMS group comprises of a group of principal investigators (PIs) working at the international forefront of materials science research on complex metal oxides and hybrids for electronic, optical and energy applications. The IMS groups aims to provide an environment where young researchers and students are stimulated to excel in this field. Many of the research projects within IMS involve two or sometimes even more PIs.

The research is carried out in the following working groups:

  • Nanoelectronics Materials
  • Physics of complex Inorganic nano-materials
  • Chemistry of Inorganic & Hybrid Nanomaterials
  • Nanomaterials for energy conversion and storage
  • Optoelectronic Materials
  • Photonic Materials for Light-Energy Conversion
  • Electrochemical Thin Films and Interfaces

For more information, please visit the following website: http://www.utwente.nl/tnw/ims.

Mesoscale Chemical Systems (MCS)

The MCS group performs applied research of a multidisciplinary nature, with a focus on mesoscale phenomena (the scale from a millimeter down to a few nanometers). The group’s core activity is the design, modelling, fabrication and testing of 3dimensional micro and nano structures and their integration in electronic, mechanical, medical or chemical miniaturized systems. Besides silicon-based fabrication processes, typically carried out in the MESA+ NanoLab, we also study novel Additive Manufacturing methods like 2-photon stereolithography and electrospinning which are applied to innovative structures for fields ranging from biomedical to optical applications.

Some research topics which could be of interest to applied physics students are field electron emission of electrons into liquids, surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy using 3-dimensional fractal structures, nanostructures for implementation in magnetic racetrack memories, and curved tunnel junctions for THz rectification. The application of gas bubbles in liquids is also a major research theme within MCS, and one specific topic is the use of laser-generated liquid jets through a nozzle. These jetted liquids are used for needle-free injection of medication through the skin of patients. Of particular interest are the physics that are involved in interaction between these jets and soft matter. Our website: mcs.tnw.utwente.nl

NNV (Nederlandse Natuurkunde Vereniging)