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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

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.

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    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.

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    Hard superconducting gap and diffusion-induced superconductors in Ge-Si nanowires

    Ridderbos, J., Brauns, M., de Vries, F. K., Shen, J., Li, A., Kölling, S., Verheijen, M. A., Brinkman, A., van der Wiel, W. G., Bakkers, E. P. A. M. & Zwanenburg, F. A., 8 Jan 2020, In : Nano Letters. 20, 1, p. 122-130 9 p.

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    Kinetic control of morphology and composition in Ge/GeSn core/shell nanowires

    Assali, S., Bergamaschini, R., Scalise, E., Verheijen, M. A., Albani, M., Dijkstra, A., Li, A., Koelling, S., Bakkers, E. P. A. M., Montalenti, F. & Miglio, L., 25 Feb 2020, In : ACS Nano. 14, 2, p. 2445-2455 11 p.

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  • 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.

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    New nanomaterial to definitively demonstrate teleportation of Majorana particles

    Erik Bakkers (Recipient), 29 Mar 2019

    Prize: ERCAdvancedScientific

  • NWO Vici Award : Control of nanomaterials

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

    Prize: NWOViciScientific

  • Courses

    Condensed matter

    1/09/13 → …



    Quantum materials

    Erik P.A.M. Bakkers (Researcher)

    Impact: Research Area

    Student theses

    (In,Ga)N heterostructures in self-assembled GaN nanowires grown on TiN by molecular beam epitaxy

    Author: Goertz, J. J., 2016

    Supervisor: Koenraad, P. M. (Supervisor 1), Geelhaar, L. (External person) (External coach), Bakkers, E. P. (Supervisor 2), Nijdam, S. (Supervisor 2) & Zijlstra, P. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    An atomic force microscopy analysis of InSb nanostructures

    Author: van Houts, R., 2019

    Supervisor: Bakkers, E. P. (Supervisor 1), Jung, J. (Supervisor 2) & Op het Veld, R. L. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Bachelor


    Average distance between indium antimonide nucleation sites on an indium phosphide surface

    Author: van Wieringen, S., 2019

    Supervisor: Bakkers, E. P. (Supervisor 1), Jung, J. (Supervisor 2) & Op het Veld, R. L. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Bachelor


    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