The FOM-Institute AMOLF, is a Dutch institute that carries out pure physics research. It is one of the three research institutes of the Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM), the biggest non-profit organization for physics research in the Netherlands.
The FOM has commissioned a new building for the institute at Science Park Amsterdam, building work on which began in 2006. AMOLF focuses on pure physics research in two fields:
• Biomolecular dynamics and interactions
• Supramolecular structures and active biomaterials
• Spatio-temporal design of biomolecular networks
• Photonic and plasmonic light sources
• Dispersion control and nano-scale containment of light
• Integrated photonic circuits
AMOLF is also engaged in an exploratory research programme to initiate new lines of research. Scientists at AMOLF are developing new research methodologies and techniques for these areas, also making cross-linkages between them. They are passing on the knowledge and skills thus acquired to one another and to young researchers and technicians, who will go on to work in Dutch industry, government and education.
AMOLF also participates in a large number of international partnerships with knowledge institutions and industry. AMOLF employs just under 130 scientists (including 40 trainee researchers), about 35 technicians and 25 support staff. It makes its facilities (laboratories etc.) available to university and industrial researchers.