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de Vries, F.K. (author)
A topological superconductor is a new state of matter that attract a lot of interest for its potential application in quantum computers. However, there is no single material known to host this state of matter. In this thesis, combinations of superconductors and semiconductors are investigated experimentally with the goal to engineer such a...
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Maljaars, P.J. (author)
Higher efficiencies, higher cavitation inception speeds and reduced acoustic signature are claimed benefits of flexible composite propellers. Analysing the hydrodynamic performance of these flexible propellers, implies that a coupled fluid-structure interaction (FSI) computation has to be performed. An FSI coupling can be monolithic, which means...
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Adal, K.M. (author)
Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a complications of diabetes mellitus, which progressively damages small retinal blood vessels and result in vision loss if not treated and controlled timely. Because of an increase in the risk of vision loss with the duration of diabetes and the latency between DR progression and early symptoms, diabetic patients...
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Sharifi Kolarijani, Arman (author)
The synergy between optimization and control is a long standing tradition. In fact, this synergy is becoming more and more apparent because of the multi-disciplinary character of the most pressing, current engineering problems along with constant developments of these two fields.
Historically, optimization methods have helped the control...
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Pedraza de la Cuesta, S. (author)
Sesquiterpenes are a versatile group of 15-carbon molecules, traditionally extracted from plants for diverse applications ranging from fuels to fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals. Scarcity of natural resources and emergence of new applications have encouraged the development of sustainable solutions to produce sesquiterpenes. The recent...
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Vollmer, I. (author)
In view of rising global demand for aromatics as starting chemical for many commodity goods as well as pharmaceuticals, new routes for production are explored. Since the advent of fracking, natural gas has become increasingly cheap and direct utilization for aromatics production has gained attractiveness. Methane dehydroaromatization represents...
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Azzini, L. (author)
Metastable condensation is the phase transition from vapor to liquid that occurs in a fluid subjected to rapid temperature variations. Under these conditions, the nucleation process is triggered when the fluid is in a supersaturated thermodynamic state. The dispersed phase forming during the process of condensation is not in stable thermodynamic...
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Peters, T.J. (author)
THIS thesis describes the development of a positionable waveguide array realized in a silicon nitride / silicon dioxide (Si3N4 core / SiO2 cladding) photonic platform. The positionable waveguide array is the heart of a novel alignment approach for high precision multi-channel chip-to-chip interconnects. This alignment approach enables submicron...
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Brickwedde, A. (author)
haploid S. cerevisiae laboratory strain of the CEN.PK family. The performance of the constructed hybrid, strain IMS0408, was then compared to those of its parents in anaerobic batch cultures grown on different media and at different temperatures. While S. eubayanus displayed significantly higher growth rates than S. cerevisiae in anaerobic batch...
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Wang, Haoyu (author)
Transition zones in railway tracks are locations with considerable changes in the vertical stiffness of the track support, which can be found near bridges, culverts and tunnels. In such locations, the stiffness variation and the differential settlement of tracks (uneven settlement of the track on the embankment and of the engineering structure)...
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Wehrens, M. (author)
In this thesis, we probe single bacterial cells to further understand both the regulation of cell divisions during adverse conditions and the phenomenon of cellular heterogeneity.
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Suib, S.S.S.B. (author)
Values are attributed to products over time and across generations. They are created, compiled, shared, evolved, exchanged, and also discarded. However, creating an explicit theory and analysis on this subject is challenging due to the abstract and multifaceted nature of the topic with a plethora of theories from various research communities. To...
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Cristiano, E. (author)
Spatial and temporal rainfall variability play an important role in generation of pluvial flooding. In urban areas, this phenomenon has increased in the last decades, due in particular to an intensification of urbanization and imperviousness degree. In fact, population is growing and moving from rural areas to cities, which are becoming more and...
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Wang, M. (author)
Improving efficiencies of thermal energy conversion systems is an important way to slow down global warming and mitigate climate change. Vapor absorption heat pump and refrigeration cycles are highly efficient ways of heating and cooling. These thermally activated systems also provide opportunities for the integration with a wide spectrum of low...
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Anisi, F. (author)
Crystallization is one of the essential downstream steps of the manufacturing of chemical and pharmaceutical compounds when it comes to separation, purification, and final product formation. Although it has been years since it is widely applied in the aforementioned industries, it is known as one of the complex processes where continuous...
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Muraro, S. (author)
The geotechnical description of peats represents one of the main challenges in the Netherlands to assure the required safety standard and performance of the flood defence infrastructure. Almost a third of the country is situated below the sea and the rivers level with about 60% to 70% of the population and economic assets concentrated in low...
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Pereira Machado, J.D. (author)
The reflections composing this thesis examine the usage and necessity of quantum theory, with an emphasis on systems featuring mechanical resonators. The first chapter introduces the quantum formalism, reviews the historical motivation for the quantization of harmonic oscillators, and presents a derivation of the interaction between the...
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Tabish, A.N. (author)
Conventional energy technologies and fossil fuels are causing irreversible damage to the environment. A transition from conventional to sustainable technologies is inevitable to address the environmental concerns. Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) can play a key role in this transition because of their high efficiency and fuel flexibility – SOFCs...
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Nedeljković, Marija (author)
As the building sector is expanding, a growing interest in technologies that can reduce the CO2 emission from concrete production has led to partial replacement of cement with by-products from various industrial processes. Besides the partial replacement of cement, development of alkali activation technology ensures full replacement of cement in...
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Jing, R. (author)
Research of the ageing mechanisms in the Netherlands is crucial to deal with ageing infrastructure and the growing pressure on and lack of natural resources. The use of porous asphalt incurs the additional costs because of the shorter service life and the more expensive maintenance required. On the other hand, the Dutch road engineering...
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