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New Project: Creating a astronomic-black-hole analogue on a chip!

Great news, just got a grant proposal approved together with Rembert Duine where we are going to try to build an on-chip black hole analogue using spin-waves (magnons). Apart from being really cool it might allow to build an on-chip magnon-laser / magnon-amplifier, so also for the field of magnonics it might have big impact. […]

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Teaching

EXAM TIME

Its exam time, strange to see all the student live during the exam where during term you only saw them via a computer screen and then even not all of them. Is this the new normal for education?

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spin spirals in 2D materials with SEMPA

The manuscript by Marielle Meijer abouth the observed spin spirals and its chirality has just appeared in ACS NanoLetters, a great collaboration with Marcos Guimaraes from Groningen who started with 2D materials in FNA during his VENI period. Nice to see that SEMPA can be used for many different materials systems. Specifically we for the […]

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Teaching

Online Lecturing has started, now an on-campus Q&A but where are the students???

The second quartile has started and I have prepared a ton of pre-recorded online lectures carefully set up to provide the best learning experience. To allow just the minimal bit of interaction I also set up an on-campus Q&A session, but then…. only three students show up live (12 others via online). As I know […]

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General

Online ITN meetings, good?

Today is a day where we have a full program with online presentations of the Early Stage Researchers (ESR) in the ITN program MagnEFi. Always, impressed with what the students have learned and achieved in a short timeframe and gives a good stage to compare the differences and correspondences of the PhD programs in Europe. […]

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Bachelor End Projects Announced

The time of year has arrived where the 3rd year Bachelor students get their portion of possibilities to join a research group in our department. I just prepared the pitch online. Too bad it had to be ‘virtually’ but I think I did my best to converge the exciting topics we are working on. I […]

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ERC interview

Today I had the chance to defend my ERC proposal online. This included a 5 minute pitch of my project. I had a lot of fun preparing it and narrowing down the main research questions down to a 5 min accessible pitch. I hope the panel enjoyed what I prepared. Moreover, my respect to the […]

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Associate Professor it is.

It is now official, I am promoted to Associate Professor (UHD) from the 1st of October 2020, all the procedures were already finished and approved before the summer, however due to COVID-19 and all the bureaucratic procedures (welcome to academia) it was delayed. Anyway, it’s just a title, but it does feel good that my […]

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Immuno-Engineering and NanoMagnetism a good marriage? Let’s explore!

I just received news that I have been granted a project to set up a joint project within the Immuno-Engineering program of the ICMS (Institute for Complex Molecular Systems). Hence, my magnetic nanoplatelets and our ultrathin layers based functional surfaces will be exposed to a whole new set of interdisciplinary curious minds working together. I […]

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Teaching

Moving to online and blended learning

Today I started to record the ‘online’ lectures for the course NanoMagnetism that I taught offline for the last few year. I also decided to a major overhaul of the course by switching to another book. The all time favourite of mine “Magnetism in Condensed Matter” by Stephen Blundell. I will still use Mike Coey’s […]