About 3TU.Federation

Eindhoven University of Technology, the University of Twente and Delft University of Technology have joined forces to form the 3TU.Federation. This closely collaborative structure maximizes innovative effectiveness by combining and concentrating the strengths of all three leading Dutch technology institutes in research, education and knowledge transfer.


With the formation of five joint centres, 3TU. aims to generate synergy and gain critical mass by bringing together its excellent research in five key areas:

  • 3TU.Centre for Bio-Nano Applications 
  • 3TU.Centre for Dependable ICT Systems 
  • 3TU.Centre for Intelligent Mechatronic Systems 
  • 3TU.Centre for Multiscale Phenomena 
  • 3TU.Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies. 

3TU.Centre for Bio-Nano Applications 

This centre merges the expertise of excellent research groups in the areas of (bio) physics/chemistry, nanofabrication and materials and biosensing. Research focuses on single molecule studies of DNA, RNA and proteins, tracking and tracing of specific molecules, single cell studies for detection of dysfunction and selective drug delivery.

3TU.Centre for Dependable ICT Systems 

Society is relying more and more heavily on ICT systems. The consequences of failure can therefore be catastrophic. In the field of ICT, one of the biggest research challenges is how to turn ICT systems into dependable ICT systems. The 3TU.Centre for Dependable ICT Systems addresses this challenge at hardware, software, and communication level.

3TU.Centre for Intelligent Mechatronic Systems 

Research at this centre focuses on technologies that enhance the performance of high-tech equipment, such as microsystems and semiconductor equipment, scientific instrumentation and nano-accurate positioning, and robots for complex motion and safety during human-machine interactions.

3TU.Centre for Multiscale Phenomena 

The objective of this centre is to achieve a better understanding of the macroscopic behaviour of fluids and solids on the basis of underlying structure and smaller-scale forces. Possible applications include a new class of smart materials and microfluidic 
devices for the sustainable production of pharmaceuticals.

3TU.Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies 

The research at this centre focuses on sustainable energy production and storage. Key areas include solar cells, hydrogen production, conversion and storage, and electricity storage (with an emphasis on materials engineering); and biorefinery and the use of biofuel cells (with an emphasis on thermochemical conversion).


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