Upcoming events

January 22-23Veldhoven, the Netherlands

Physics at Veldhoven 2019

January 30 - February 01Tokyo, JapanNanotech Japan 2019
February 19 - March 01ChinaRoadtrip China
February 12 - 13Tel Aviv, Israel

Annual meeting of Israel Chemical Society

March 18 - 24Denmark & NorwayRoadtrip Denmark & Norway - demonstrations


From our blog

Bring student scientists together from different research groups to work on an industry challenge. The results will make you a believer.


Read the interview with Aaike van Vugt, VSPARTICLE's CEO and Co-Founder

One hundred and fifty years on, the table continues to grow and inspire, but the real opportunities will be found at the nanoscale.

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Andreas Schmidt-Ott, pioneer of the spark ablation technique, talks about the evolution of producing building blocks for nanotechnology from the gas phase.


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Delft, The Netherlands, October 15, 2018 – VSPARTICLE, today announced the launch of its Nanoparticle Generator. With the push of a button, the groundbreaking machine and its technology make possible the development of completely new materials, products and processes in a variety of industries like semiconductorsbatteries and sensors...

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As a society, we are still relying heavily on conventional fuels. One of the side-effects of using these fuels is the production of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide or CO2. A solution to this problem could be to store it, but it would be much better to convert it back into fuel. Read Maurits' story on how VSPARTICLE can help on our blog...

The Dutch prime minister Mark Rutten has visited China some weeks ago to strengthen the relationship between our countries, and because China is HOT!During a recent trip to China with Yes!Delft Incubator, I also had an up close experience with the Chinese way of doing business. I visited companies founded within the past few years that now make billions in revenue. They share one secret: go where the demand is. Read more on our blog

VSPARTICLE from Delft developed a machine that can break materials down to the atomic level and rebuild them in a matter of minutes. This can drastically increase the rate of development of new nanomaterials. However, the demand is currently coming from the academic world, and that world is unpredictable. Read more on our blog

Delft, 14 februari 2018 – VSPARTICLE, de Delftse Startup die met hun machines een revolutie in nanotechnologie mogelijk maakt, ontvangt een investering van Invaco Management, het investeringsvehikel van offshore ondernemer Keesjan Cordia. 

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Delft, February 14, 2018 - VSPARTICLE, the Delft start-up enabling a revolution in nanotechnology through their innovative machines, receives an investment from Invaco Management, the investment vehicle of Dutch off-shore entrepreneur Keesjan Cordia.

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Beijing/Delft, November 16, 2017 – Delft University of Technology spin-off VSPARTICLE enters the booming Chinese market with a radical technology that allows researchers to produce nanoparticles at the push of a button. VSPARTICLE’s nanoparticle generator uses atoms, the worlds’ smallest building blocks, to provide a controllable source of nanoparticles. The start-up from Delft signed a distribution agreement with Bio-Sun to make their VSP-G1 nanoparticle generator available in China.

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Organised for the first time in 2016, the advanced materials competition is a program in which high-tech start-ups spend two weeks in Berlin to accelerate their projects, find potential partners, and make meaningful connections. As it is a competition, a total prize pool of €15.000 was to be won by the participating start-ups. The ‘best in class’ award of €2.500 was won by vsparticle! 

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Scientists all over the world are looking for solutions to the issues mankind is facing:  climate change, the increase of human population, a desire for higher standards of living, etc.  One of the trends they are contributing to is the macroscopic shift from a fossil fuel based economy towards a sustainable and carbon neutral one. More and more scientists are exploring the possibilities of nanoparticles to create novel materials supporting this shift. Unfortunately this process is slowed down because people are struggling with the first step: getting the right building blocks. 

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Last week the hDMT (human Disease Model Technologies) matchmaking event took place. 
In an inspiring environment researchers and companies in this sector pitched their problems and possible solutions, looking for partners and potential collaborations.

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Stories we recommend

First-known interstellar visitor is a bizarre, cigar-shaped asteroid called ‘Oumuamua

We (as humankind) have for the first time spotted an object from interstellar space. It is a cigar shaped piece of material 800 meters long and with a diameter of 80 meters. If gives off red light suggesting organic chemicals on its surface. This and the exponentially increasing detection of planets around other stars, this shows that although we believe to know so much we actually have explored so little. I believe that this is also the case for VSPARTICLE and the possibilities that we can open up by structuring material at the nanoscale.


Could a new approach to kill cancer at nanoscale work?

In a small laboratory, not far from southern California’s Pacific coastline, Dmitri Lapotko is using lasers to conduct on-demand explosions on a scale almost infinitely small.


A ferromagnetic material with promising properties

Researchers from the University of Konstanz have been able to make EuO nanotubes. This was especially challenging for magnetic semiconductors because it combines nanostructuring with a specific shape, introducing anisotropy. In magnetic materials, anisotropy can lead to new magnetic properties and this is exemplified in this material. In this case, the nanotubes showed different magnetic properties and new magnetic phases were detected. By combining experimental data with theoretical calculations, the researchers were able to identify antiferromagnetic vortex states. This is an interesting example that shows that nanoparticle shape control can help in finding and using new properties for instance in spintronics.


Silver nanoparticles: present and future applications

The growing demand for prevention of microbial and fungal infection in hospitals coupled with high sensitivity and calibration exhibited by silver nanoparticle enhanced equipment are likely to be the contributing factors responsible for the growth of silver nanoparticles market over the forecast period.  Electronics was the second largest application segment in the silver nanoparticles market share and is expected to witness significant growth over the forecast period. Increase in demand for products having higher operational and shelf life, high processing capability and enhanced functional properties is expected to fuel the growth of the silver nanoparticles market over the forecast period

New Material Could be the Catalyst to an Eco-Friendly Fuel Cell

This reserach could make fuel-cells more durable and cheaper by adding some nanoparticles to the proton-exchange membrane that are itself coated with ~5nm WC-nanoparticles. This new catalyst replaces Pt, which is way more expensive than WC, and it also has some additional benefits over Pt.

NanoFARM: Using nanoparticles to grow food

The answer to the growing, worldwide food production problem may have a tiny solution—nanoparticles, which are being explored as both fertilizers and fungicides for crops.

US air force: 3D printing and nano-fillers to improve bonding between layers

As part of a recent investigation, scientists from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Materials and Manufacturing Directorate used the National Light Synchrotron II at Brookhaven National Laboratory. The facility was used to understand the effect nano-fillers have on structural bonding between layers of 3D printed material, with the aim of understanding if the materials would make 3D printing more suitable for USAF applications in the field.

Indian researchers are trying to an engineer effective drug delivery system through nanoparticles

A group of researchers led by Neetu Singh from Centre for Biomedical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi has demonstrated a simple concept for achieving controlled and sustained release of drugs using the nanoparticle system.

Picture Credits: A Keene, USFDA/Wikimedia Commons

TU Delft researcher makes alcohol out of thin air

Ming Ma (TU Delft PhD-student)  has found out how to effectively and precisely control the process of electroreduction of CO2 to produce a wide range of useful products, including alcohol.

Flowers for de-icing windows

Researchers from the University of Nebraska and from the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Institute of Chemistry have, by using nanoparticles, found a way to force ice crystals' growth to stick minimally to the underlying surface. By applying a coating made of these nanoparticles on car-windows and aircraft wings, de-icing them could get much easier.

Efficient Conversion of CO2 into Fuels Via Copper Catalyst

Researchers from the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have created an innovative electrocatalyst with the ability to directly convert carbon dioxide into alcohols and multicarbon fuels with the need for very low energy inputs.

CREDIT: Dohyung Kim/Berkeley Lab.



New materials science

Dr Michelle Moram of Imperial College London explains what might be possible with the development of a periodic hyper table - and asks us to imagine what materials we could design, with exactly the properties we desire.

The invention of quantum dots

'Basic research scientists who invented something are not the best judges of where it is useful.'

Professor Brus of Columbia University talks about the invention of quantum dots.