About this research theme

Fundamentals of Science

In this profile theme, we study the smallest particles and the largest numbers, the most simple processes at surfaces and the physics of complex materials and biological systems, the youngest planets and the oldest galaxies. Our aim is to discover the fundamental laws of nature but we use our bottom-up knowledge and creativity to the problems of industry, health and the hydrogen economy. Leiden University has a centuries-old record in cutting-edge research in mathematics, the physical sciences and astronomy. We have become famous for our freezing physics but we feel equally comfortable with real life industrial temperatures.