Research programmes

Nanofront (NWO Gravitation programme)

In the ‘Nanofront’ research programme, scientists from TU Delft and Leiden University are exploring the boundaries of nanoscience. In 2012 this research was awarded funding by the NWO ‘Gravitation’ programme. The scientists are exploring the two most exciting fields in nanoscience: the quantum world in materials and the building blocks of living cells.


Building block for a quantum computer (ERC Synergy programme)

In 2012 the nanoscientists Leo Kouwenhoven and Lieven Vandersypen of TU Delft and Carlo Beenakker of Leiden University were awarded an ERC Synergy Grant, a European grant for collaborations between leading scientists. Since 2004, with support from the NWO’s Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM), the three scientists have been working on the physical foundations of a potentially super-fast quantum computer. In this Synergy programme they will be able to take a further step towards building a working quantum computer circuit, partly based on the Majorana particle that was discovered in 2012.

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See also: 'The quantum world'

Organs-on-chips (NWO Gravitation programme)

The very best scientists from TU Delft and Leiden University are working together with their colleagues in other Dutch universities to develop miniature organs from patients in which they can study how diseases develop and can be treated. The research programme 'Organs-on-chips' was awarded a grant in 2017 from the NWO Gravitation programme. 

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Quantum software (NWO Gravitation programme)

In this programme, top scientists from QuSoft, CWI, Leiden University, QuTech, TU Delft, UvA and VU Amsterdam are developing large-scale research programmes for quantum software. In 2017 the Quantum Software Consortium was awarded a Gravitation grant for this research. The Quantum Software Consortium will develop and implement a quantum internet and software for small quantum computers. 

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