At the Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science for Sustainability, chemistry and physics meet to study the properties of materials at the nanoscale. We specifically focus on three themes: catalysis, colloids and nanophotonics.
The institute is named in honour of a true pioneer of the physical chemistry / chemical physics field: Dutch scientist and Nobel laureate Peter Debye (1884-1966).

More about the Debye Institute


Email: science.debye@uu.nl
Phone: +31 30 253 4743 (secretary)

Princetonplein 1
3584 CC Utrecht

  • News

    • On the hunt for hydrogen recipes

      There’s a quiet revolution taking place in materials research. When Nong Artrith started her career in physics and chemistry, new chemical reactions were only discovered in the lab.
    • New compounds for iron fortification of foods

      Iron deficiency is one of the most common nutritional problems in the world. PhD candidate at Utrecht University Neshat Moslehi has invented compounds that could potentially be used for iron fortification of foods.
    • First ever observation of Brazil nut effect for colloidal particles

      Developers of paints and inks, and completely different disciplines, such as geology, will benefit from understanding this phenomenon.
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  • Events

    • 14 Jun

      Debye Lunch Lecture - James Martin Robinson

      Debye Lunch Lecture: Cooperative transitions involving hydrophobic polyelectrolytes
    • 19 Jun

      Program PhACE - 19 June 2023

      PhACE = PhD Activating Career Event
      During this 2-day event PhD candidates can ex­plore different career options the Dutch labour market has to offer. Do you want to stay in academia or not? What are the alternative possibilities and how do your skills and competences fit in these new career choices?
    • 29 Sep

      Debye Sports Day 2023

      Location and time will be announced later
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