The mission of LaserLaB Amsterdam is groundbreaking scientific research based on the interaction of light with matter, spanning from the research on atoms and molecules to the investigation of living cells and tissue and sustainable energy sources. Within LaserLaB, research is conducted in close collaboration between physicists, chemists, biologists and physicians. LaserLaB Amsterdam is hosted at the VU University, with participating research groups at the UvA, Amsterdam University Medical Center. LaserLaB is a founding partner of the new imaging center VU University medical imaging center. LaserLaB Amsterdam is part of LASERLAB-Europe, an Integrated Infrastructure Initiative of the European Union, forming a consortium of the 35 major laser centers in Europe.
The discovery of the laser in 1960 gave scientists access to beams of light of extremely high intensity and very short duration. The laser has become an unique tool for the research into the foundation of nature and life, such as photosynthesis, protein dynamics, chemical reactions and constants of nature.
The research within LaserLaB is organized around the dominating societal needs, Human Health and Energy. Some 100 scientists are involved in laser-oriented scientific research of applied and fundamental nature.
The increasing demand for health and longevity requires a better understanding of the basic processes of life. The LaserLaB research is focused on the development and application of novel optical methods, techniques and instruments to study the interaction between proteins, DNA, cells and tissue. This knowledge will lead to innovative diagnostic and therapeutic techniques.
Energy production will play a crucial role in our future. The process of photosynthesis in plants serves as an example for renewable energy production. By studying this process, it is possible to develop more efficient solar cells or biofuels. The laser has made it possible to study the structure of living materials and matter and the chemical and physical processes that take place within them.
LaserLaB will also serve as a powerful multidisciplinary educational faculty, especially for national and international (Master's) students and will have a unique position in Europe.
For more information:
Prof. dr. Kjeld Eikema
T: +31 (0)20 5987892 (secretariat)
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
De Boelelaan 1081
1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands