Collin Arocho
21 April 2021

The Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) has a new transatlantic partner for research and technology development. The Dutch knowledge institute has entered into an agreement with America’s Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL). The pact will enable technical experts from both organizations to reach across the ocean and work together either remotely or in person on internally funded projects, to bolster creative international partnerships and accelerate progress in applied scientific research.

Credit: TNO

With this memorandum of understanding, TNO and APL plan to grow on their decade-long collaborative relationship, which includes their most recent project to monitor atmospheric pollutants with unprecedented detail using the Compact Hyperspectral Air Pollution Sensor, or Chaps, an instrument whose design combines APL’s expertise in hyperspectral imagers with TNO’s expertise in space spectrometers and freeform optics. Expansion of the partnership includes efforts in other space-related fields such as satellite communications, Earth and planetary science, heliophysics and exoplanet research, as well as other disciplines, such as precision medicine, chemical detection, autonomy, neuroscience and additive manufacturing, AI and human-machine interfacing.

“Based on previous collaborations, we’ve experienced APL as a world-class research partner and a ‘soulmate’ in solving complex problems in national security and space science,” says TNO CSO Peter Werkhoven. “With this MOU, I’m excited to further bridge the ocean between us and bring our partnership in solving complex societal challenges to the next level.”