Research institutes

The Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials (ZIAM)

The Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials at the University of Groningen is simultaneously young and old. The current name originates from 16 January 2007, but the ZIAM came into existence from the Materials Science Centre, which started back in 1970. Much has changed since those early days, but there are a few constants. Possibly the greatest asset of ZIAM is the close collaboration between people with different backgrounds. Physicists and chemists, and increasingly biologists, theoreticians and experimentalists work closely together, giving the Institute a breadth rarely found elsewhere. In their efforts ZIAM involves the whole chain of knowledge; modelling, design, synthesis, characerization, physical properties, theory and device functionality.

Together with the Stratingh Institute for Chemistry and the Groningen Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials runs the Advanced Materials programme, which was awarded the status of national research centre (NRC) for materials science by the Dutch government in 1999. This distinction came with considerable additional funding, which has allowed ZIAM to develop their programme to develop a long-term vision and plan. After thorough evaluation, a status as national research centre has been extended. The Zernike Institute NRC research programme includes 40 faculty members, 80 researchers (permanent and temporary), 230 PhD students and 30 support staff.

An overview of all 17 research groups within ZIAM can be found at the UG website

Stratingh Institute for Chemistry

The Stratingh Institute for Chemistry is a research institute at the Faculty of Science and Engineering of the University of Groningen.

The mission of the Stratingh Institute for Chemistry is to perform excellent research and teaching in molecular and supramolecular chemistry. Core activities in the chemical sciences such as bioorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, molecular inorganic chemistry and molecular materials chemistry are embedded in the institute. The research programme is focussed on synthesis, catalysis, functional materials, bio-organic chemistry/chemical biology and systems chemistry/complex molecular systems.

An overview of all research groups can be found at the UG website

Groningen Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute (GBB)

The Groningen Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute (GBB) is a research institute at the Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Groningen. GBB also acts as a KNAW-accredited Dutch research school that since 2010 is embedded within the Graduate School of Science and Engineering.

GBB has the ambition to perform research of the highest standard in the field of biomolecular sciences, studying microbial processes and cells. With strong roots in chemistry, biophysics, molecular biology, and genetics, GBB has become a well-recognized research institute in biomolecular science with a focus on genetic and metabolic processes and structure-function studies of the biomolecules involved. Recently, GBB has seen a remarkable growth in microbiological sciences, stimulated by strong teams incorporating modern approaches in genomics, single cell- and single molecule analyses, high-resolution microscopy, and advanced cell engineering. In view of the emerging societal and industrial need to develop sustainable bio-based processes, and the undisputed and important role that microbial processes play in this field, GBB strives to further concentrate its research profile in two focal areas: Molecular Mechanisms of Bioprocesses and Physiology and Systems Biology.

An overview of all research groups can be found at the UG website

Engineering and Technology institute Groningen (ENTEG)

The research institute ENTEG (till 16 December 2014 called ITM) is an engineering science and technology institute that has the capability to analyse, explore and design new technologies that are based on the integration of fundamental and engineering sciences. As such, the research in the institute focuses on current and future activities in a number of processing and production sectors such as processing, high tech and discrete production and interface industries. In addition, ENTEG has developed and contributed to several academic engineering education programmes of which the degrees provide an international starting qualification for graduated students for high quality jobs in industry, and research.

An overview of all research groups can be found at the UG website.

Energy and Sustainability Research Institute Groningen (ESRIG)

The mission of ESRIG is to contribute to a world-wide energy supply for the next century, for more people in a sustainable way, by Research and Education

ESRIG Research can be divided into two main themes:

1. Energy supply and energy conversion: sustainable role of bio-fuels, also in connection to food and land use, energy transition (IVEM), second (and later) generation bio fuel research (CRE, MP, OE); Organic Solar Cells (BMD), determination and monitoring of bio-fuel admixtures (CIO), natural gas and new gas mixture combustion research (VB), innovative production methods for fossil fuels, underground coal gasification, geothermal energy (GE), gas transition, hydrogen as energy carrier (VB, IVEM) and (de-central) electricity production control design (PA)

2. Transition towards Sustainability: Carbon cycle and greenhouse gases research, CO2 emission monitoring, CO2 storage surveillance (CIO), CO2 storage in relation to underground characteristics (GE), combustion efficiency and harmful emission reduction (VB), development and evaluation of (inter)national climate policies, societal and ethical context of scientific/technical transitions towards sustainability (IVEM, SSG)

Next to these core themes, ESRIG will pay attention to the theme "global Change". Both describing the causes and the change itself (earth sciences, including climate and paleo-climate), and its (ecological) effects are within the range of subjects researched by ESRIG groups.

An overview of all research groups can be found at the UG website.

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