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Velichko, E. (author)
Humanity needs to increase use of renewable sources of materials and energy. Biomass can be used for both of these needs. Cellulose is the main component of biomass. Understanding the multi-level hierarchical structure of cellulose holds the key tomultiple applications of this material. One of the promising applications of lignocellulsic biomass...
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Roubos, A.A. (author)
In the coming years, thousands of quay walls will approach the end of their intended fifty-year design lifetime and become part of lifetime extension programmes throughout the world. It is presently unclear how reliable these structures are and whether they are still capable of bearing ship and crane loads. An appropriate assessment of a quay...
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Ravi, A.M. (author)
The formation of bainite in steels is one of the most intensely researched topics in the field of metallurgy. Despite the importance of bainite among the modern-day steels, even a qualitative theory to explain the bainite formation still remains a subject of controversy due to the complexity of its formation mechanism. Currently, two competing...
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Guatame-Garcia, L.A. (author)
Industrial minerals are essential to human activity. The products derived from them make an integral part of a wide range of materials that are ubiquitously present in our daily lives. The performance and attributes of these materials depend significantly on the properties and quality of the industrial minerals and the products generated from...
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Athanasopoulou, A. (author)
Opportunities such as digital technologies are fundamentally reshaping businesses. Enterprises are moving from selling physical products and services, to providing digitally enabled services. Enterprises need to rethink their business models and how to adapt them to take advantage of these opportunities. How to adapt the existing business model...
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Steller, F.P. (author)
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Huelsz Prince, G. (author)
Throughout their lifetime, animals face a wide variety of biological challenges. Starting out as single cells, their _rst challenge is to undergo development and become fully grown and functional adults. Remarkably, this incredibly complex process occurs in a highly reproducible manner despite the huge variability in environmental, genetic and...
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Grimaldi, G. (author)
The generation of excited carrier via light absorption (photogeneration) and their ability to propagate in space in Quantum Dot (QD) films affect critically the performance of QD-based optoelectronic devices. The work performed in this thesis is aimed at increasing the understanding of fundamental processes occurring in QD solutions and QD films...
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Harks, P.P.R.M.L. (author)
Due to the electricity storage facilities required for a future powered on renewable energy, and due to the high performance batteries necessary for electric vehicles and mobile electronics, battery research and development is more urgent than ever. In this thesis battery technology was investigated both on the material-, as on the electrode...
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Keyvani Janbahan, A. (author)
The technique of Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) is one of the major inventions of the twentieth century which substantially contributed to our understanding of the nanoscale world. In contrast to other microscopy techniques, the AFM does not operate based on the electromagnetic waves, but nano-mechanical interactions between the sample surface...
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Wijdeveld, A.J. (author)
The management of sediment, soil and water in the Netherlands dates back to<br/>the first settlements in the lower Northern and Western parts of the Netherlands.<br/>Around 500 B.C. farmers constructed ‘terps’ (artificial dwelling mounds) to protect against floodwater. The Romans (50 B.C. – 250 A.C.) reshaped natural waterways, to improve...
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Sawant, A.A. (author)
The practice of software engineering involves the combination of existing software components with new functionality to create new software. This is where an Application Programming Interface (API) comes in, an API is a definition of a set of functionality that can be reused by a developer to incorporate certain functionality in their codebase....
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Limodio, G. (author)
Electricity consumption is increased in last twenty years. It is crucial therefore to find alternative, renewable and sustainable sources to mantain this development. Solar energy has proved to be a valid alternative to produce clean energy. The gigantic development of solar energy technology in the last twenty years has lead to a scenario...
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Li, Y. (author)
Context is interpreted as a body of information dynamically created by a pattern of entities and relationships over a history of situations. Computational handling of dynamically changing contexts and the consideration of rapidly changing situations in awareness building, situated reasoning, and proactive adaptation of smart cyberphysical...
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Gebremicael, T.G. (author)
The availability and distribution of water resources in catchments are influenced by various natural and anthropogenic factors. Human-induced environmental changes are key factors controlling the hydrological flows of semi-arid catchments. Land degradation, water scarcity and inefficient utilization of available water resources continue to be...
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Guo, D. (author)
Metal halide perovskites (MHPs) are interesting candidates for application in photovoltaic devices. During the past decade the efficiency of perovskite solar cells has improved enormously exceeding now values over 24%. In an MHP absorber layer, charge carriers are generated on optical excitation, and decay by band-to-band recombination or by...
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Joshi, P.D. (author)
Networks such as road networks, utility networks, computer and communication networks and even social networks are the backbone of human civilization. Network analysis enables quantitative measurement of the important criteria such<br/>as delays, ease of routing and fault tolerance, and is required to build efficient and robust networks....
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Soler Canton, A. (author)
Synthetic biology is an emerging and rapidly expanding field of research focused on the assembly of novel biological systems with new functionalities tailored for different applications. Genetic circuits have been re-wired or constructed with elements from different organisms, and metabolic pathways have been engineered to endow cells with non...
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Gomes, S.L. (author)
Water resources in the Ganges delta are undergoing drastic change as a result of urbanisation. Increasing demand for water due to urban expansion around cities like Kolkata (India) and Khulna (Bangladesh) is affecting groundwater access in nearby peri-urban communities. Peri-urban areas lie outside the formal purview of urban institutions, while...
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Elkhuizen, W.S. (author)
The appearance of a painting cannot solely be described by the depiction that it presents to the viewer. When viewing the artifact in real life, we find that the painted surface is in effect a three-dimensional landscape of paint. Paintings, “moveable, largely two-dimensional images created for the primary purpose of providing a visual...
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