Eugene and Sabina got a Marie Curie fellowship!30.01.2018


Congrats to Jorine who defended her PhD and got Cum Laude!07.11.2017


Our Science paper is out: Condensin is a motor!18.09.2017

Our Science paper is out! In this collaboration with the Haering lab at EMBL Heidelberg and Greene lab at Columbia University we showed that condensin is a mechanochemical motor that translocates along DNA!

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Added news: Science selected our work for the cover!


Stephanie’s fabrication paper now online25.08.2017

Stephanie’s paper “Through-membrane electron-beam lithography for ultrathin membrane applications” is now published in APL:
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Laura’s SDS protein paper now online25.08.2017

Laura’s paper “SDS-assisted protein transport through solid-state nanopores” is now published in Nanoscale

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Jakub Wiktor gratuated! Congrats!30.06.2017

Our most recent now online: On TEM imaging of DNA origami on graphene26.06.2017


Xin Shi won the contest for best poster at NanoFront06.04.2017

Xin Shi won the contest for best poster at NanoFront

Wayne, Jorine and Xin won the contest for best proposal at NanoFront03.04.2017

Wayne, Jorine and Xin won the contest for best proposal at the NanoFront retreat at Courchevel. They proposed a collaboration with Sense Jan van der Molen at Leiden for low-eV imaging of chromatin structures. Congrats!

The 2017 Nanosmat Prize was awarded to Cees Dekker13.03.2017

The 2017 Nanosmat Prize was awarded to Cees Dekker

Our most senior award – NANOSMAT PRIZE recognises, substantiates and honors only very high calibre scientists for their professional leadership, originality and innovation in research and development relating to nanoscience and nanotechnology with a particular focus on nanomaterials.
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Our Science paper on bacterial cell division is out17.02.2017

Our Science paper on bacterial cell division is out
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Congrats to Je-Kyung Ryu07.02.2017

Congrats to Je-Kyung Ryu for getting a Marie Curie fellowship for work on Single-Molecule Studies on Condensin

Sergii Pud won the award for best poster at the 1st Biology for Physics Conference in Barcelona. Congrats!20.01.2017

EMBO award to Jorine Eeftens!19.01.2017

Our PhD student Jorine Eeftens was awarded an EMBO Short-Term Fellowship for collaborative work with the Eric Greene lab. Congrats!

Congrats to Fabai Wu for getting a prestigious Rubicon grant09.01.2017

NWO decided to grant Fabai Wu a Rubicon grant for his proposal “Energy budgeting of microbial players in global carbon and nitrogen cycles”, which he will carry out at Caltech

Our latest paper online in Nanoscale09.01.2017

Our latest paper online in Nanoscale: DNA supercoiling determines nucleosome handedness.

Our eLIFE paper on Min proteins in a box now online09.01.2017

see also comment in Nature Physics: ‘Pole dancing’

Our latest paper out in eLIFE29.11.2016

Min proteins in a box – our latest paper out in eLIFE

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What can possibly be better than a nanopore?29.11.2016

What can possibly be better than a nanopore? Well… 2 nanopores.
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FOM awards, 15.1 million euros to highly promising research25.11.2016

Determining the protein sequence in a single molecule

Together with researchers from Wageningen University and the University of Groningen, researchers from Delft University of Technology under the leadership of Dr Chirlmin Joo want to analyse proteins molecule by molecule using single-molecule techniques. A biological nanomachine will align the protein molecules after which the researchers will read out the amino acid sequence using a combination of optical techniques (single-molecule fluorescence) and electrical detection with nanopores. This will lay the foundation for a spectacular new technique for determining the protein sequence at single molecule level, also for complex and diverse cell proteins.

Joo is looking forward to the programme: “In view of the high desirability of gaining a better understanding of the molecular basis of human diseases, a method is needed that can accurately analyse proteins. With our team – three biophysicists, a biochemist, an organic chemist and a bioinformatician – I am looking forward to developing a first proof-of-concept for single-molecule protein sequencing.”