July 30th 2009
1 August 2008
Scientists from Germany, Canada and The Netherlands have studied tiny gold nanoparticles, so-called clusters, and found them to have fascinating arrangements of their constituent atoms. For example, twenty gold atoms form a tetrahedron, a sort of pyramid. The nineteen-atom cluster is a truncated pyramid, which can be formed by cutting off one corner atom from the twenty-atom gold pyramid. The structures have been identified using the Free Electron Laser for Infrared eXperiments FELIX at the FOM-Institute for Plasma Physics Rijnhuizen in Nieuwegein. Detailed knowledge about the geometries of such nanoparticles can lead to a better understanding of the unexpected catalytic activity of very small gold particles. The researchers published their results in Science on 1 August 2008.
July 30th 2009
23 July 2008
The KSTAR, a fully superconducting tokamak device with advanced Nb3Sn superconducting technology, has come a long way with all critical aspects resolved and successfully tested after "assembly completion" milestone in September 14, 2007. After full commissioning process started in February of this year, the National Fusion Research Institute officially announced that the KSTAR has successfully achieved the First Plasma on July 15, 2008.
July 30th 2009
16 July 2008
The Technology Foundation STW has honoured a strategic research proposal involving a number of MESA+ research groups at the University of Twente with the first prize. The nSI Department of Rijnhuizen is participating in the project.
July 30th 2009
19 June 2008
The report contains an overview of events of the last year, a discussion of the most important scientific results and a "visitors guide", i.e. a chapter that describes the scope of all scientific and supporting groups in the institute. Moreover, data on funding and scientific output are collected in the appendix.
July 30th 2009
18 June 2008
The ITER Organisation announced on 18 June that the programme and planning of the ITER nuclear fusion experiment have been rescheduled. The new schedule expects the ITER experiment to begin in 2018, a change of two years compared with the original plan. Furthermore, a decision has been reached to begin formal negotiations with Kazakhstan in order to determine the conditions under which that country would become the eighth participant in the ITER project.