Institute for Subatomic Physics
At the Institute for Subatomic Physics (SAP) we conduct fundamental experimental research into the building blocks of matter and the various forces acting on them. We are part of the ALICE experiment at the CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva (Switzerland) and we closely collaborate with the Nikhef institute in Amsterdam.
Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science
At the Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science, chemistry and physics meet to study the properties of materials at the nanoscale. We specifically focus on three research themes: Catalysis, Colloid Science and Nanophotonics, and apply this fundamental knowledge to achieve a sustainable society with a focus on solar energy. The institute is named in honour of a true pioneer of the physical chemistry and chemical physics field: the Dutch scientist and Nobel laureate Peter Debye (1884-1966).
Institute for Marine and Atmospheric research Utrecht (IMAU)
The mission of the Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research Utrecht (IMAU) is to contribute to the basic knowledge of the oceans, atmosphere, cryosphere and their interactions in the climate system. A mathematical physical approach is combined with field observations and remote sensing data. This knowledge is used in studies on climate change and the possible implications for mankind. To achieve this we try to maintain an open and stimulating research and study environment in which students and staff are inspired to give their best. Education is an essential part of our mission and our researchers are therefore active teachers in the Bachelor's and Master's programmes of our university.