Our quality-driven science institute covers the most exciting research lines within nanoscience: Quantum computation, Quantum technologies, Molecular electronics, Single-molecule biophysics, and Synthetic and cell biology. It is organized in two departments:
The Department of Bionanoscience focuses on the fundamental understanding of biological processes, from the level of single molecules to the full complexity of living cells. This research provides fascinating insight in the molecular mechanisms that lead to cellular function. Furthermore it enables the in vitro bottom-up construction of cellular machinery and it impacts applications ranging from bio-molecular diagnostics to novel antibiotics and targeted nano-medicine. The department features a strongly multidisciplinary and international team of scientists, whose research areas include single-molecule biophysics, synthetic biology, as well as quantitative cell biology.
Quantum nanoscience is explored in our Kavli Institute by a sizeable number of scientists who are organised in the Department of Quantum Nanoscience and in QuTech.
The Department of Quantum Nanoscience seeks to advance the understanding of physical processes at the nanoscale, with a focus on research for fundamental scientific and technological breakthroughs. The approach is based on quantum engineering, in which innovative nanofabrication, measurement techniques and advanced theoretical models are developed. Research involves a wide variety of materials and device concepts including those that are based on atomically thin layers such as graphene. Next to revealing new physics, the department aims at initiating novel applications of quantum effects, for instance, building quantum computers and ultra-sensitive detectors for light. Quantum Nanoscience comprises an interdisciplinary research environment, in which the scientific staff and students explore, learn and teach.
QuTech is a mission driven institute that will develop scalable prototypes of a quantum computer and inherently safe quantum internet based on superposition and entanglement in nanoscale devices. The institute brings together world-class scientists, engineers and industry in an inspiring environment. QuTech is a partnership between TU Delft and TNO, and has engaged in long-term, close collaborations with Intel and Microsoft.
The Kavli Institute of Nanoscience Delft is thriving with forward-looking scientists that shape new research directions in nanoscience. There are a number of big emerging scientific challenges that we are starting to address:
All these fundamental scientific breakthroughs have the potential to lead to game-changing solutions for society. We foresee at least three major directions for future research: