Delft University of Technology, NetherlandsKavli Institute of Nanoscience Delft

Exploring the theoretical and practical frontiers of nanoscience

At the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience Delft (KIND), researchers study new physics and exploit novel principles to develop new devices, materials and methods of fabrication. They explore the secret of protein nanomachinery in cells, the coupling of biological systems to solid state information processing, molecular electronics and quantum information processing.

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Kobus Kuipers

Co-Director, Kavli Institute of Nanoscience Delft

Gijsje Koenderink

Co-Director, Kavli Institute of Nanoscience Delft


  • The electronic, magnetic and mechanical properties of molecules, assemblies of molecules and crystals of molecules.
  • Fabrication of nanostructures, either top-down through electron-beam lithography or bottom-up through self-assembly from atoms or molecules.
  • Advancing the technology of high-resolution electron microscopy for both study and fabrication.
  • Studying biomolecules in order to understand the “nanomachinery” of proteins in cells and biological systems
  • Developing new structures, such as nanopores and nanofluidic channels, to study biomolecules.
  • Creating new devices based on the physics of photonic (light) and electronic waves at the nanoscale.
  • Investigating spin transport, how the interplay between spin and charge of electrons determines the behavior of semiconducting and superconducting materials and electronic devices.
  • Working toward quantum computing by understanding and controlling the quantum properties of structures such as superconducting rings, quantum dots, nanowires and carbon nanotubes.

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