One of the greatest challenges for scientist working on molecular processes at the atomic level is to visualize the behavior of single atoms. How do they rotate and move in relation to other atoms and molecules? These are processes that take less than a millionth of a millionth of a second.
Jom Luiten is professor of Coherent Charged Particle Beams (TU/e). In his research he focuses on the techniques that need to be developed to make snapshots (and in the future even real movies) of these very fast, dynamic processes. The electron microscope plays a crucial role in this research. If it is possible to visualize the behavior of atoms, this will most likely lead to major breakthroughs in the field of physics, chemistry and biology and contribute to solving important social issues. For example, understanding the process of protein folding, which plays an essential role in diseases like diabetes II, Alzheimer and Parkinson, could contribute to the development of new therapies for different diseases.
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