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Get involved in Research at the Zernike Institute - Ranked in the THES World's top 15

The research project in the second year of your training takes place in one of the research institutes of the University of Groningen that carry out research in physics:

  • Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials
  • Van Swinderen Institute
  • Energy and Sustainability Research Institute Groningen (ESRIG)
  • Kapteyn Astronomical Institute
  • Centre for Advanced Radiation Technology (CART)

Each of these research institutes has its own fields of interest..

Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials

The Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials in Groningen is one of the largest centres of materials research in the Netherlands and it belongs to the THES top 15 of best materials research institutes in the world. Basic research on materials is directed towards unravelling the relations between the properties that determine their functionality and their chemical composition and structure. The Zernike Institute is dedicated to a cross-disciplinary approach and in many research groups physicists and chemists work closely together. Research on surfaces, polymers, biomolecular materials, computational solid state physics, nanophysics, optical properties of the solid state and materials engineering are some of the fields of research. In addition to experimental research with state-of-the-art equipment, the Zernike Institute also studies theoretical solid state physics.

Van Swinderen Institute

The aim of the  Van Swinderen Institute for Particle Physics and Gravity  is to study the fundamental forces of nature with implications for our universe. These investigations connect through close similarities in physics from Planck-scale physics (quantum gravity) via sub-atomic scales (particle physics) to cosmic dimensions. There are both theoretical as well as experimental efforts in more specialized topics such as the test of fundamental symmetries and forces,  Large Hadron Collider and Beyond the Standard Model physics, holography, string theory and inflation. 

Energy and Sustainability Research Institute Groningen (ESRIG)

ESRIG focuses on two themes, of which the first is called 'Energy supply and energy conversion'. This includes the sustainable role of bio-fuels, also in connection to food and land use, energy transition, second (and later) generation bio fuel research; Organic Solar Cells, determination and monitoring of bio-fuel admixtures, natural gas and new gas mixture combustion research, innovative production methods for fossil fuels, underground coal gasification, geothermal energy, gas transition, hydrogen as energy carrier and (de-central) electricity production control design.
The second theme, 'Transition towards Sustainability' consists of carbon cycle and greenhouse gases research, CO2 emission monitoring, CO2 storage surveillance, CO2 storage in relation to underground characteristics, combustion efficiency and harmful emission reduction, development and evaluation of (inter)national climate policies, societal and ethical context of scientific/technical transitions towards sustainability.

Kapteyn Astronomical Institute

The Kapteyn Astronomical Institute is the department of Astronomy at the University of Groningen. The Kapteyn Astronomical Institute uses the most advanced instrumentation on the ground and in space, as well as the most advanced computing facilities. Kapteyn staff are involved in the operation as well as planning and construction of major astronomical instrumentation efforts, again on the ground and in space. Master students at the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute work in research groups which are currently shaping 21st-century astronomy and astrophysics. The Kapteyn Institute has close connections with the two major national foundations dealing with astronomical instrumentation: ASTRON and SRON.

Centre for Advanced Radiation Technology (CART)

The mission of the Center for Advanced Radiation Technology (CART) is to perform basic research on subatomic and astroparticle physics and application-driven research on accelerator physics and physics in medicine. We work, in close collaboration with the scientific community, healthcare and industry, on long-term solutions for science and society. Through the development of state-of-the-art detection techniques, CART fosters the cross-fertilization between basic and application-driven research. CART educates young researchers in physics and medical technology at BSc, MSc and PhD level.

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