Water is undoubtedly the most important chemical substance of this world.
Despite this, and in spite of the fact that it is practically ubiquitous, it still represents one of the best explored and yet least understood substances. When looking deeper into the field, it turns out that there is much special but little general knowledge. Based on the reserach we conduct on water we try to better understand its behaviour under different conditions, so that we are able to develop future technologies to create a sustainable and environmentally friendly water usage.

The emphasis of the Applied Water Physics Theme lies in the exploration of these basic properties of water, especially its interactions with electric, magnetic and electromagnetic fields, vortical flow fields, and the effect of such interactions on living organisms like bacteria.

Based upon deeper insights into the fundamentals of water, the Theme furthermore focuses on screening commercially available water treatment concepts based upon such interaction. Thereby break-through discoveries through fundamental research and pioneering screening experiments with physical, chemical and biological model systems are combined to pave the way for the development of seminal, epoch making water treatment technologies.

Electrohydrodynamic liquid bridging

Hyperbolic vortices

Dielectric breakdown

Magnetic treatment

New state of water

Marcel Mulder Award for Applied Water Physics researcher

Team members

Coordination & management
Elmar C. Fuchs

Elmar C. Fuchs

Program Manager
Ruud van Nieuwenhuijze

Ruud van Nieuwenhuijze

Theme manager

Research documents

Research partners