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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

97 Citations (Scopus)
5 Downloads (Pure)

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 others, Koelling, 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

Equipment and Supplies
2200 Citations (Scopus)
4 Downloads (Pure)

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

electric potential
2 Citations (Scopus)
5 Downloads (Pure)

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., 5 Apr 2019, In : Advanced Materials. 31, 14, 8 p., 1808181.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Electron gas
Carrier mobility
1 Downloads (Pure)

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
Beam plasma interactions

Engineering tunnel junctions on ballistic semiconductor nanowires

Damasco, J., Gill, S. T., Gazibegovic, S., Badawy, G., Bakkers, E. P. A. M. & Mason, N., 22 Jul 2019, In : Applied Physics Letters. 115, 4, 5 p., 043503.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

tunnel junctions
energy distribution


New nanomaterial to definitively demonstrate teleportation of Majorana particles

Erik Bakkers (Recipient), 29 Mar 2019

Prize: ERCAdvancedScientific

quantum computers
crystal lattices

NWO Vici Award : Control of nanomaterials

E.P.A.M. Bakkers (Recipient), 2010

Prize: NWOViciScientific

electrical properties
optical properties


Condensed matter

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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


Diameter dependence of the thermal conductivity of InAs nanowires

Author: van Delft, M., 31 Aug 2014

Supervisor: Bakkers, E. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master


Dislocations in Wurtzite Silicon

Author: Berrier, L., 2013

Supervisor: Bakkers, E. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Bachelor


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