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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


Externe posities

Professor, Delft University of Technology

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Onderzoeksoutput 1997 2020

102 Citaties (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 anderen, Koelling, S., Verheijen, M. A., Kouwenhoven, L. P., Palmstrøm, C. J. & Bakkers, E. P. A. M., 23 aug 2017, In : Nature. 548, 7668, blz. 434-438 5 blz.

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Equipment and Supplies
2230 Citaties (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, blz. 1003-1007 5 blz.

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electric potential
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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, blz. 122-130 9 blz.

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Open Access
Superconducting materials
Magnetic fields
critical temperature
2 Citaties (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 blz., 1808181.

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Open Access
Electron gas
Carrier mobility
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Bottom-up grown nanowire quantum devices

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

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Quantum computers
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New nanomaterial to definitively demonstrate teleportation of Majorana particles

Erik Bakkers (Ontvanger), 29 mrt 2019

Prijs: ERCAdvancedWetenschappelijk

quantum computers
crystal lattices

NWO Vici Award : Control of nanomaterials

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

Prijs: NWOViciWetenschappelijk

electrical properties
optical properties


Condensed matter

1/09/13 → …



Quantum materials

Erik P.A.M. Bakkers (Onderzoeker)

Impact: Research Area


Diameter dependence of the thermal conductivity of GaP nanowires

Auteur: Vogelaar, T., 11 jul 2015

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

Scriptie/masterproef: Bachelor


Diameter dependence of the thermal conductivity of InAs nanowires

Auteur: van Delft, M., 31 aug 2014

Begeleider: Bakkers, E. (Afstudeerdocent 1)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master


Dislocations in Wurtzite Silicon

Auteur: Berrier, L., 2013

Begeleider: Bakkers, E. (Afstudeerdocent 1)

Scriptie/masterproef: Bachelor


Electrical characterization of CMOS processed nanowire FETs for gas sensing

Auteur: de Ruiter, C., 30 jun 2008

Begeleider: Bakkers, E. (Externe coach), Koenraad, P. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Flipse, C. (Afstudeerdocent 2), van der Heijden, R. (Afstudeerdocent 2), Kessels, W. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Klootwijk, J. (Externe persoon) (Externe coach)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master

Fabrication of complex nanowire structures for topological quantum computing

Auteur: Schellingerhout, A. (., 2019

Begeleider: Bakkers, E. P. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Gazibegovic, S. (Afstudeerdocent 2), Op het Veld, R. L. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Badawy, G. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master