The Department of Physics hosts a unique group of scientists and supporting staff addressing problems in physics, from the smallest scales of elementary particles, via the 'human' scales of climate dynamics, to the largest scales of cosmology.

The department has a long history of excellence in physics research and education. Today, we consist of about forty tenured staff which excel in research on topics such as String Theory, Cosmology, Hard- and Soft- Condensed Matter Physics, High-Energy Physics, Nanophotonics and Climate Physics. About fifty graduate and more than a hundred undergraduate students start each year in the broad Bachelor's programme and the four specialised Master's programmes.

The role of physics in society is expected to increase even more in the (near) future. The application of physical concepts and methodologies will remain important to drive innovations in industry. In addition, physicists will make major contributions to the development of research fields such as biology, sociology, health sciences and economy.


Scanning elektronenmicroscoop beeld van een niet-lokale spin-klep met een gebogen nanokanaal. Transport van zuivere spinstroom is bereikt en kan worden gecontroleerd door het veranderen van de 3D-geometrie van het nanokanaal. (foto: Nano Letters)
1 October 2019
Researchers made curved nano-channels for spin transport, making them easier to integrate electronics.
1 October 2019
Roderik van de Wal, Professor of Sea level change and coastal impacts, was one of the main authors of the IPCC report on sea level rise.
Schematic image of the human-made molecule.
23 September 2019
A group of physicists in Utrecht, San Sebastián and Pennsylvania created a new artificial molecule.


17 October 2019 12:45 - 17:30
The symposium features renowned (international) scientists from both universities and industry.