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“A fascinating aspect of my work is manipulating quantum properties of materials at nano-scale, opening up new worlds, and testing and developing theories put forward a century ago.”

Research profile

In Eindhoven, Erik founded his own research group in 2017. The group continues to research nanowires, and has made significant progress in three key areas. The first area, nanomaterials, involves collaboration with Delft in the search for Majorana particles. The recent discovery of Majorana fermions in nanowires opens up a completely new field of research and applications including their possible use as carrier of quantum information for quantum computing. The second area is light emission from silicon. By changing the crystalline properties of silicon, it can be made to emit light, which could, for example, revolutionize fibre-optic data transmission. The third area is the application of nanowires in solar cells, in which significant efficiency gains have been achieved. Presently, the group is researching development of flexible very high efficiency solar cells in which solar energy is harvested in III/V semiconductor nanowires as well as development of flexible nanowire solar cells by embedding nanowires into a transparent and flexible PDMS polymer.

Academic background

After obtaining his PhD in nanoelectrochemistry at the University of Utrecht, Erik started working at Philips Research in Eindhoven in 2000. At that time, research into nanotechnology was being initiated and Erik was offered the opportunity to start up his own research group. The team focused on nanowires - lines of material with a width of several tens of nanometers- an area he continues to research, looking at integration into semiconductors in particular. In 2005, Erik also began work in the area of chemical sensors. In 2010, his growing interest in fundamental research resulted in Erik joining the Technical University of Eindhoven as well as Delft Technical University as part-time professor in the Quantum Transport group.

Affiliated with

  • TU Eindhoven
  • TU Delft

Partners in (semi-)industry

  • IBM
  • Microsoft
  • Philips
  • MicroSanj

 

External positions

Professor, Delft University of Technology

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Research Output 1997 2019

87 Citations (Scopus)

Epitaxy of advanced nanowire quantum devices

Gazibegovic, S., Car, D., Zhang, H., Balk, S. C., Logan, J. A., de Moor, M. W. A., Cassidy, M. C., Schmits, R., Xu, D., Wang, G., Krogstrup, P., Op het Veld, R. L. M., Zuo, K., Vos, Y., Shen, J., Bouman, D., Shojaei, B., Pennachio, D., Lee, J. S., van Veldhoven, P. J. & 5 othersKoelling, S., Verheijen, M. A., Kouwenhoven, L. P., Palmstrøm, C. J. & Bakkers, E. P. A. M., 23 Aug 2017, In : Nature. 548, 7668, p. 434-438 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Nanowires
Semiconductors
Equipment and Supplies
Orbit
Islands
2160 Citations (Scopus)

Signatures of Majorana fermions in hybrid superconductor-semiconductor nanowire devices

Mourik, V., Zuo, K., Frolov, S. M., Plissard, S. R., Bakkers, E. P. A. M. & Kouwenhoven, L. P., 2012, In : Science. 336, 6084, p. 1003-1007 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

nanowires
fermions
signatures
electric potential
antiparticles
2 Citations (Scopus)

Bottom-up grown 2D InSb nanostructures

Gazibegovic, S., Badawy, G., Buckers, T. L. J., Leubner, P., Shen, J., de Vries, F. K., Koelling, S., Kouwenhoven, L. P., Verheijen, M. A. & Bakkers, E. P. A. M., Feb 2019, In : Advanced Materials. 31, 14, 8 p., 1808181

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Nanostructures
Nanowires
Electron gas
Carrier mobility
Substrates

Bottom-up grown InSb nanowire quantum devices

Gazibegovic, S., 10 May 2019, Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 137 p.

Research output: ThesisPhd Thesis 1 (Research TU/e / Graduation TU/e)Academic

Open Access
File

Bottom-up grown nanowire quantum devices

Bakkers, E., 1 May 2019, In : MRS Bulletin. 44, 5, p. 403-409 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Quantum computers
quantum computers
Nanowires
nanowires
Beam plasma interactions

Prizes

New nanomaterial to definitively demonstrate teleportation of Majorana particles

Erik Bakkers (Recipient), 29 Mar 2019

Recognition: ERCAdvancedScientific

nanowires
quantum computers
aluminum
crystal lattices
indium

NWO Vici Award : Control of nanomaterials

Erik Bakkers (Recipient), 2010

Recognition: NWOViciScientific

engineers
nanowires
electrical properties
optical properties

Courses

Condensed matter

1/09/13 → …

Course

Press / Media

Finding the highly sought Majorana quasiparticle

Erik Bakkers

23/11/17

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Scientists on the Cusp of a Major Advance in Topological Quantum Computing

Erik Bakkers

21/11/17

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Finding Majoranas

Erik Bakkers

16/11/1717/11/17

2 items of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Impacts

Quantum materials

Erik P.A.M. Bakkers (Researcher)

Impact: Research Area

Student theses

Diameter dependence of the thermal conductivity of GaP nanowires

Author: Vogelaar, T., 11 Jul 2015

Supervisor: Bakkers, E. (Supervisor 1) & Swinkels, M. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Bachelor

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Diameter dependence of the thermal conductivity of InAs nanowires

Author: van Delft, M., 31 Aug 2014

Supervisor: Bakkers, E. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master

File

Dislocations in Wurtzite Silicon

Author: Berrier, L., 2013

Supervisor: Bakkers, E. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Bachelor

File

Electrical characterization of CMOS processed nanowire FETs for gas sensing

Author: de Ruiter, C., 30 Jun 2008

Supervisor: Bakkers, E. (External coach), Koenraad, P. (Supervisor 1), Flipse, C. (Supervisor 2), van der Heijden, R. (Supervisor 2), Kessels, W. (Supervisor 2) & Klootwijk, J. (External person) (External coach)

Student thesis: Master

Photoelectrochemical CO2 reduction to methanol: the interplay between pyridine promotion and electrode surface

Author: Wissink, T., 29 May 2019

Supervisor: Hensen, E. (Supervisor 1), Bakkers, E. (Supervisor 2), Hofmann, J. P. (Supervisor 2) & Haverkort, J. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master