Cooperation agreements between TU Delft and South Korea signed during trade mission

On Monday the 3th of November, the Chair of the Executive Board, Dirk Jan van den Berg, and the President of the KAERI consortium, Jong Kyung Kim, signed the OYSTER contract between KHC and TU Delft, and the MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) between KAERI and TU Delft in Seoul, South Korea. His Majesty the King of the Netherlands and the President of South Korea were there to witness the signing. Cooperation will mainly involve the Reactor Institute Delft (RID) of TU Delft. Both documents were signed during the trade mission led by Minister Kamp, which is linked to the current state visit that King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima are making to Japan and South Korea.

Innovative radiation-related research

TU Delft is to outsource a large part of the OYSTER project to the Korean consortium KHC. KHC consists of the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI), Hyundai Engineering and Hyundai Engineering & Construction. The aim of OYSTER is to realize a new research infrastructure that will facilitate innovative radiation-related research at the Reactor Institute and is of significant importance for the research programmes of the RST department.

Dutch industry interested in ESS

March 2014

In Sweden, the European Spallation Source (ESS) will be built over the next few years. ESS is a powerful neutron facility that is to be used by scientists from over sixty laboratories. Collaborating with ESS, the RID organized an information day for Dutch industry partners.


The information day took place on 12 March and was attended by representatives of about sixty five interested companies. So far, more than ten letters of interest have been sent in, demonstrating the potential that exists in joining forces for this facility.


The ESS in Lund, Sweden is to be the most powerful neutron source in the world and should be operational in 2020. Researchers will use the neutrons for experiments in different fields: from life sciences to materials science and from magnetism to preserving cultural heritage.


FOM valorisation prize 2013 awarded to Freek Beekman 

January 2014

The FOM Valorisation Prize 2013 has been awarded to professor Freek Beekman, researcher at Delft University of Technology. "He provides direction and momentum to technical and economic improvements in medical scanning equipment", says the jury. The prize will be presented on 21 January 2014 during the Physics@FOM Veldhoven congress.

For more information, please read the press release on the FOM-website [link]


First prize for proton therapy research

November 2013

PhD student Patricia Cambraia Lopes has won the first prize in the Student Paper Award competition during the 2013 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference (NSS-MIC) in Seoul. Lopes works on innovative methods to measure exactly where protons release their functional dose during the irradiation of a patient. This research contributes to further improving the accuracy of protontherapy.

Radiation dose

Protones, other than the fotones often used in radiotherapy, come to a full stop inside the body. Not knowing exactly how deep the protones penetrate the body, may lead to problems like too little treatment of the tumor or 'overdosing' the surrounding healthy tissue.

Depth measurement

But, due to nuclear reactions, some protones generate small amounts of positron annihilation radiation and prompt gamma rays. These two types of radiation exit the body. By measuring these rays we can get an indication of how deep the protones penetrated the body. This may prevent errors, thus improving the treatment's accuracy. 

Signal quality

Dr. Dennis Schaart, project leader and member of the Radiation Isotopes for Health group at the Reactor Institute Delft: "Patricia has worked very hard to make these experiments possible and the results are amazing. By using new, digital detectors and time-of -flight techniques she has been able to optimize the signal quality such that we can now follow the dose delivery to within millimeter accuracy and in real-time. I congratulate Patricia with this recognition of her excellent work


The rewarded study is entitled First Performance Tests of Digital SiPMs in Prompt Gamma Imaging with a Knife-Edge Slit Camera for Proton Range Verification and has been performed in close collaboration with universities in Munich, Heidelberg and Coimbra and with the Belgian manufacturer of proton therapy equipment IBA. The experiments were conducted in the Westdeutsche Protonentherapiezentrum Essen.


BASF to use magnetocoloric materials

October 2013

Durig the Delft Days on Magnetocalorics (October 28–29, 2013), the chances skyrocketed that Ekkes Brücks sustainable cooling technology will be turned into applications. TU Delft, STW and UvA then signed a licensing agreement with BASF concerning rights to market the magnetocoloric materials underlying the new technology.

More efficient cooling

The magnetocaloric materials are manganese-iron-phosphorus-silicon alloys. Cooling systems based on these new materials enable more efficient cooling of refrigerators and air conditioning and are intended to replace conventional compressor technology.

Joint forces

The knowledge institutions, funders and BASF have been joining forces for years to develop the magnetocaloric materials. Now BASF successfully scaled up the manufacturing process  for the materials, they decided on signing the agreement for licensing the basic patents.


From left to right: Paul Doop (Vice President of University of Amsterdam), Carla Seidel ( Vice President Energy, BASF New Business GmbH), Ekkes Brück, Tim van der Hagen, Eppo Bruins (directeur STW)


RST students win international CleanTech Challenge 2013 for power window

May 2013

TU Delft students Willem Kesteloo, Koon Hooning and Gijs van Vrede have won the International CleanTech Challenge 2013 for their power window concept. Power windows are regular windows coated with a luminescent foil that scatters light particles to small PV solar cells situated on the window frames. The students scooped a £10,000 prize to develop their idea for coated windows that produce clean electricity.

Judges were impressed by the unique combination of luminescence, fibre optic cables and photovoltaics, as well as the ability to develop new materials to give power windows more yield and to make them more cost effective. The CleanTech Challenge is a business plan competition co-run by London Business School and University College London.

The CleanTech Challenge debuted in 2009 with a goal of generating actual cleantech businesses rather than simply rewarding the best “on paper” business plan.


2.3 million Euro NWO Large subsidy for TU Delft, RUG and TU/e to build innovative neutron microscope

June 2012

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) announced today that Delft University of Technology, University of Groningen and Eindhoven University of Technology will receive a joint subsidy of 2.3 million Euros from the programme Investments NWO Large. The universities will use the funds to build an innovative neutron microscope. The microscope allows researchers to see the exact positions and movements of atoms and molecules in materials. This knowledge can for example be applied for the development of high-tech materials and for constructing  molecules that bring medication to the right location in the human body. The neutron microscope will be placed at the neutron laboratory ISIS in England, but will be available for all Dutch materials research. [read more]


Science publication: Plastics made without petroleum

February 2012

It is now possible to produce plastics using pruning waste as raw materials instead of petroleum, thanks to a new type of catalyst enabling efficient conversion to key components of various products including plastics, medicines and paint. The catalyst, which consists of tiny iron spheres, was developed by chemists at University Utrecht in collaboration with the R3 department and DOW Benelux. The invention has been published in Science and has already sparked the interest of the chemical industry.


Dutch government invest 38 million in OYSTER

January 2012 

The government has granted 38 million euros to the Reactor Institute Delft. With this boost, TU Delft can execute its investmentprogramme OYSTER. OYSTER (Optimized Yield for Science, Technology & Education, of Radiation) is the project that will make the applicablity of the research reactor and the associated neutron scattering equipment much wider, and provide the user with more precise results in a shorter time. [read more; government statement]


Proton therapy for treating cancer more accurate

December 2011

Scientists at TU Delft have realised a potentially significant improvement in proton therapy, a relatively new and promising treatment for cancer. They devised and tested a measuring method which allows the protons to be pointed very accurately at the right place, the tumour, during treatment. The researchers have published their findings in the online edition of the journal Physics in Medicine & Biology and has been selected by the editor as Editor's Choice, a selection of the best articles recently published in the journal. [read more; full article]. 


'Chemical Separation of 99Mo from 98Mo (Wolterbeek & Bode)' Winner Delft Innovation Award 2011

December 2011

‘Chemical Separation of 99Mo from 98Mo’, a technique to be used for proton therapy, has been awarded the Delft Innovation Award 2011. At the ceremony on Tuesday December 6th researchers Bert Wolterbeek and Peter Bode received a cheque worth 20.000 euro to further develop the product and bring it onto the market. The chemical separation concept makes it possible to isolate the medical isotope Mo-99 from an irradiated Molybdenum compound. Chemically identical isotopes of an element can still be separated from each other by irradiating them with neutrons. The isotopes catching the neutrons will get enough energy to break the bond with their compound.

Mo-99 decays to Technetium-99m, the most utilized medical radioisotope in the world, used for 20-25 million diagnostic (cancer related) procedures annually. The availability of Mo-99 is of worldwide concern because of the planned shutdown of the main reactors producing Mo-99 by fission of uranium.

The quality of Mo-99 is equal, when compared to currently used fission process methods. More producers will be able to supply to the market, because there is no need for precautions related to the proliferation of enriched uranium targets are, and considerable less radioactive waste is produced.

This invention will contribute to a better continuity of Mo-99 availability worldwide, and treatment of patients will not have to be postponed or even cancelled anymore.


R3 department determines year of historic storm flood by luminous grains of sand

October 2011

Scientists at TU Delft have successfully matched a layer of sediment from the dunes near Heemskerk to a severe storm flood that occurred in either 1775 or 1776. This type of information helps us gain more insight into past storm floods and predict future surges more accurately. The scientists’ findings have been published in the online edition of the scientific magazine Geology, and will be on the cover of the paper edition of November. [read more]


DNA resembles seat belt

October 2011

TU Delft researchers (R3) have discovered that DNA has properties that resemble those of a seat belt. If you pull it sharply, it ‘blocks’; if you pull it slowly, it stretches. It is important to know how strong DNA is if we are to better understand processes such as replication (DNA doubling) and expression (the elaboration of a gene). [read more


Rudy Konings appointed professor of nuclear fuel cycle chemistry

May 2011

Rudy Konings has been appointed professor at the Reactor Institute Delft, part of the TU Delft. Konings’ focus as part-time professor (0.2 FTE) at RID will be on improving the chemistry of the nuclear fuel cycle. [read more]


R3 identifies huge potential of nanocrystals in fuel cells

March 2011

The addition of extremely small crystals to solid electrolyte material has the potential to considerably raise the efficiency of fuel cells. Researchers at TU Delft were the first to document this accurately. Their second article on the subject in a very short time was published in the scientific journal, Advanced Functional Materials. [read more]


The Netherlands joins an international collaboration on the European Neutron Source

February 2011

The European Spallation Source (ESS) is one of the major European projects that have great strategic importance for the development of the European Research Area. It is a large microscope, where neutrons are used instead of light to study materials – ranging from polymers and pharmaceuticals to membranes and molecules – to gain knowledge about their structure and function. [read more


Paper R3 on cover Advanced Functional Materials

January 2011

The paper from FOM OIO Lucas Haverkate, W.K. Chan, and F.M. Mulder; Large space charge effects in a nanostructured proton conductor, made the cover of Advanced Functional Materials, see below. Reference: Adv. Funct. Mater. 20 (2010) 4107-4116. [read more]


Peter Bode receives Hevesy Medal Award 2011

January 2011

Dr. Ir. Peter Bode, Associate Professor of Department of Radiation, Radionuclides & Reactors (R3) will receive the Hevesy Medal Award 2011 (HMA-11). The Hevesy Medal Award Selection Panel 2011 (HMASP-11) as well as the International Committee on Activation Analysis / Modern Trends in Activation Analysis (ICAA/MTAA) has selected Peter for this Award. [read more]


Student Award for Bart Sjenitzer

January 2011

Bart Sjenitzer has won in October last year a Student Award on the SNA+MC2010-conference about Supercomputing in Nuclear Applications and Monte Carlo in Tokyo. The title of his paper and presentation was "A Monte Carlo Method for Calculation on the Dynamic Behaviour of Nuclear Reactors". [read more]


Dr Ad van Wijk appointed professor of Future Energy Systems

January 2011

Dr Ad van Wijk has been appointed to professor of Future Energy Systems. This part-time chair for a period of 5 years comes under the Fundamental Aspects of Materials and Energy group of the department of Radiation, Radionuclides & Reactors, led by Prof. E. Brück and fully funded by Eneco. [read more]

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