Researchers of the FOM Institute for Plasma Physics Rijnhuizen have shown that the solvent used in ElectroSpray Ionisation (ESI), a commonly used ionisation method in mass spectrometry, can influence the structure of relatively simple molecules.
A group of researchers from Rijnhuizen, together with colleagues from Denmark and Germany, has discovered that so-called magnetic islands in fusion reactors can reflect microwaves. Their result was published in Physical Review Letters of 15 September 2009.
The FOM Board of Governors has appointed Professor Niek Lopes Cardozo as the new Chairman of the Board of Governors and of the Executive Board of FOM. In addition, the Governing Board of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has appointed Lopes Cardozo as member and Chair of the Subfield of Physics. Lopes Cardozo will begin on 1 February 2010 and succeeds the current Chairman of the Board of Governors, Executive Board and Subfield of Physics, Professor Ronald Griessen.
The FOM Executive Board has appointed Professor Wim van Saarloos (1955) Director of FOM Foundation, effective 1 November 2009. He succeeds Dr Hans Chang, who stepped down in early July after 24 years with FOM and who continues his career at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). Van Saarloos is currently Professor of Theoretical Physics at Leiden University and Director of the Lorentz Center, which he also established and for which he received a Royal Award in 2008. He has extensive administrative experience and a good network of contacts within and outside physics. The Director of FOM also acts as Director of the NWO Subfield of Physics.