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Approved mission budget

Number MBA
Title Mission budget AMOLF (MB-AMOLF) 
Executive organisational unit AMOLF
Director Prof.dr. H.J. Bakker

In 2010 the following mission was approved by the FOM board.  

To initiate and perform leading fundamental research on novel strategically important complex molecular and materials systems, in partnership with Dutch academia and industry.

AMOLF's research programme for the period 2011-2016 focuses on two main themes:

Nanophotonics, focusing on the achievement of spatio-temporal control of light at the smallest possible scale. It will lead to new ways to generate, guide, direct, focus, concentrate and slow down light, to control light at the quantum level and to explore the magnetic component of light. The nanophotonics research programme inspires many possible applications in solid-state lighting, functional materials and devices, and advanced materials fabrication and characterization. 

Physics of Biomolecular Systems, carried out within two programmes: Biomolecular Interactions and Systems Biophysics, aiming to obtain a fundamental, quantitative understanding of the physical processes that are at the basis of biomolecular interactions, and of the collective properties of cellular systems that build upon these interactions in a functional biological context. This work contributes to a fundamental understanding of the operational principles of living systems, with important applications in health and food, and inspires the design of novel functional materials and devices. 

In 2012 AMOLF started a new programme on Photovoltaics, embedded within the two main themes, focusing on novel nano-structuring strategies that lead to strongly enhanced light-matter interaction using photovoltaic semiconductor materials and hybrid (self-assembled) bio-molecular structures for light collection and charge separation. The goal of this programme is to generate novel breakthrough energy conversion concepts that can be readily applied at a large scale.

AMOLF currently runs the following FOM programmes:
- Plasmonics (nr. 105);
- Spatial design of biochemical regulation networks (nr. 110);
Nano-photovoltaics (nr. 113);
- Proton mobility in confinement (nr. 118);
- Improved solid-state light sources (nr. i24).

The infrastructure for these programmes is financed by the mission budget.
AMOLF is a partner in many other national programmes.

AMOLF has been evaluated by an international committee in April 2011. A final decision on the mission, past-performance and future plans was made in 2012. The next mission evaluation takes place in 2017.

Please find a research highlight that was achieved in 2014 within the AMOLF mission budget here.

Further information
Energy dissipation and noise correlations in biochemical sensing, Chris Govern & Pieter Rein ten Wolde, Phys. Rev. Lett. (2014).
Optimal resource allocation in cellular sensing systems, Chris Govern & Pieter Rein ten Wolde, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA (2014), 111/49, 17486-17491.