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Collaborate with the various research centres at Kennispark for, among other things, product research, testing or production in a clean environment!

Research centres

For many companies, the University of Twente is an important breeding ground for innovation. The university includes several research centres that use their expertise for companies to take the next step or force a breakthrough. Below you will find an overview of all the research centres at Kennispark, and how they can help your company. Curious about examples of partnerships? You can find several interesting cases on the UT website.

These are the nine research centres can help you take the next step in innovating.

1. Mesa+ Nanolab
One of the most advanced laboratories in the world for nanoscale research. Everything here revolves around stability, control and safety. The Mesa+ Nanolab includes a cleanroom with a low-vibration floor, a Complex Oxide Materials system, a Transmission Electron Microscope and a Scanning Electron Microscope.

2. Bionanolab
The Bionanolab is intended for research into cell analysis, protein structures and membranes. The equipment with microscopic and spectroscopic techniques is kept in a conditioned room. In addition, there is a so-called ML-II laboratory with a cell analysis system.

Want to collaborate with the Mesa+ Nanolab or BioLab?
Gerard Roelofs is the head of the Mesa+ Nanolab and Bionanolab. You can contact him via or 053 – 489 6773.

3. Virtual Reality Lab
The Virtual Reality Lab is equipped with the newest techniques for visualisation and interaction. These are used to support decision-making in multidisciplinary design processes. In the VR Lab, you experience and evaluate your future situations and products. The emphasis is on visualising the consequences of choices. Insight into mutual relationships and dependencies between different disciplines are also discussed.

Want to collaborate with the Virtual Reality Lab?
Roy Damgrave and Eric Lutters are the contacts of the Virtual Reality Lab. You can contact them via or

4. Technical Medical Centre
The Technical Medical Centre (TMC) is a centre for medical innovation through research and education in the area of technology and medicine. Among other things, TMC has an intensive care and operating room with the state-of-the-art simulation technology for training at its disposal. Also, the facilities are suitable for conducting human-related investigations and testing new medical technology.

Want to collaborate with the ECTM?
You can contact the secretariat via or 053 – 489 4757 to express your interest in opportunities for collaboration.

5. Supersonic wind tunnel
The Engineering Fluid Dynamics department has various wind tunnels for aerodynamic and aeroacoustic research. With a maximum speed of 250 km/h, this tunnel is very suitable for measuring aerodynamics and noise from wind turbine blades and automotive applications. The current can be visualised with smoke and video techniques.

Want to collaborate with Engineering Fluid Dynamics?
Professor Kees Venner is the contact person if you want to know more about collaborating. He can be reached at or 053 – 489 2488.

6. DesignLab
In the DesignLab, researchers and student from different disciplines design solutions for issues that go beyond pure technology. They can immediately test their concept or prototype using, for example, a 3D printer or virtual reality glasses. Not only researches from the university come up with issues; companies, governments, and civil society organisations also contribute research topics.

Want to collaborate with the DesignLab?
For more information about collaborating with the DesignLab, you can contact project manager Miriam Iliohan via or 06 – 53 30 37 61.

BMS LAB is the faculty lab of the Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences (BMS) faculty. The lab is a catalyst for high-quality and innovative research and societal challenges. BMS LAB has over 400 square metres of facilities with spaces in Cubicus and the DesignLab. Various setups are possible for research, education, and use by third parties. This is possible because rooms can be rearranged easily and through combining equipment, software and know-how. Tech support is available in several generic and specialised areas, such as behavioural research, virtual reality and physiological measurements. In addition, high-quality (measuring)equipment is available for measurements and experiments. The lab also advises researchers and external organisations and offers computing capacity and software solutions.

Want to collaborate with the BMS Lab?
More information about collaboration with BMS Lab can be found via or 053 – 534 892.

8. ThermoPlastic Composite Research centre
ThermoPlastic Composite Research Centre (TPRC), a joint venture between industrial parties (Boeing, TenCate, Stork Fokker) and the University of Twente, researches thermoplastic composites. These lightweight materials are being used on an increasingly large scale in the aircraft and automotive industry. The TPRC laboratory is located on the site of the UT.

9. LEO-centre for Service Robotics
The LEO-Centre for Service Robotics develops robot technology for healthcare. These are computer-controlled aids that can be used in surgeries, rehabilitation and other forms of healthcare. The applicability in practice is paramount in the test and development laboratories. LEO is a collaboration between knowledge institutions and market parties.

Want to collaborate with TPCR or the LEO Centre?
For research collaboration with the ThermoPlastic Composite Research Centre or the LEO Centre for Service Robotics, it is necessary to be part of the consortium.

New ideas or concrete plans at Kennispark?

Anne-Wil Lucas
Anne-Wil Lucas
Area director
Anne-Wil Lucas

As area director I am responsible for translating our ambitions for 2030 into concrete actions. As an entrepreneur, do you have ideas or do you see starting points to reach those ambitions together? Or do you, as an investor, identify opportunities in the area that you want to discuss with me? Then I would be pleased to discuss possible implementations.



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