Successful results of the Sector Plan
The number of students who are following a bachelor's course in physics or chemistry has risen by more than 20 percent. Also the number of female researchers within physics and chemistry has grown strongly; of the 88 new research positions created more than 30 percent have now been taken by women. These results are contained in the second interim report of the Breimer Committee about the Sector Plan Physics and Chemistry, which was presented to the Minister of (Jet Bussemaker) and State Secretary (Sander Dekker) for Education, Culture and Science, Sander Decker.
A team of four researchers at Stanford University and the Dutch energy research institute DIFFER have determined for the first time the mechanism by which nanometer-sized particles of palladium take up hydrogen. Because the properties of nanoparticles change greatly with their size, choosing the right types of nanoparticle allows you to fine-tune the properties of materials. The finding was published in Nature Materials
and can lead to improved hydrogen storage and lithium ion batterie.
Researchers from the Delft University of Technology, Groningen University and the FOM Foundation have designed a single molecule which can act as a useful building block in nanometer-size circuits. They found that the molecule functions as a resonant tunneling device,
an essential component in mobile phones and WiFi. In conventional semiconductor technology, these devices have a complicated design consisting of several layers of different materials. This is the first time that such a device has been realized on the smallest imaginable scale, thus providing an interesting option within the continuing down-scaling of electronic components by the conventional industry. The results are published online on 31 August 2014 in Nature Nanotechnology