AMOLF conducts fundamental physics research in the fields of nanophotonics, solar cells and biomolecular systems. AMOLF plays a leading role in initiating and developing new fields of research, with extensive potential for technological innovation.

AMOLF employs over a hundred, often young, researchers from the Netherlands and other countries. The Institute has recently moved into a new, high-tech laboratory building from which it closely collaborates with Dutch universities and industry.

Research at AMOLF leads to applications in areas such as communication technology, food technology, medical diagnosis and treatment, and sustainable energy.


The Institute was founded in 1949 as the FOM Laboratory for Mass Spectrography. Four years later, this was where uranium was enriched for the first time in Europe. In 1960, the institute’s name changed to the Laboratory for Mass Separation. From 1966, it became the FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics. In 2009 it was abbreviated to the FOM Institute AMOLF. The changes of name reflect the changing emphasis of the research.

AMOLF is an Institute of the Netherlands Foundation of Scientific Research Institutes (NWO-I) and is a part of the the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research.

On 1 November 2013, ASML, FOM, NWO, UvA and VU launched their common initiative The Advanced Research Center for Nanolithography (ARCNL) at AMOLF.



Science Park 104
1098 XG Amsterdam
The Netherlands
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