Oct 2019: Our Topical Review paper on active glasses is published in the Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter.

Sept 2019: Our perspective article on non-equilibrium polymer processing features on the cover of Macromolecules. 

Aug 2019: Our perspective article in Macromolecules on non-equilibrium processing pathways in polymers was selected as ACS Editors’ Choice. Congratulations to the entire team!

Aug 2019: We are proud to have our research on glass highlighted in one of the first TU Eindhoven longread feature articles! The article is available both in Dutch and in English.

July 2019: We are pleased to announce that our focus session ‘Science of Diversity’ has been selected for Physics@Veldhoven 2020. The session aims to spark an evidence-based discussion on diversity within the physical sciences, and features an impressive list of speakers: Prof. Wim van Saarloos (President KNAW), Prof. Herma Cuppen (RU Nijmegen), Prof. Jasper Knoester (RU Groningen), Prof. Evangelia Demerouti (TU Eindhoven), and Diederik Jekel (Chair NNV).

July 2019: Liesbeth features in ‘The Glass Delusion‘, an ongoing multi-media project about glass created by artists Barbara Visser and Bart Haensel. The Glass Delusion Live will be presented in art centre DordtYart on July 21.

June 2019: We are excited to host the 26th Dutch Soft Matter Meeting at TU Eindhoven on June 17! For the full program and registration details, see the website.

June 2019: Giulia Janzen joined the group as a PhD student. Welcome, Giulia!

May 2019: Liesbeth’s lecture for the ‘Universiteit van Nederland’ features in the Dutch national newspaper Algemeen Dagblad.

May 2019: Our joint H2020 Marie Curie ITN proposal ‘VITRIMAT’, which combines academic and industrial expertise in vitrimers, was funded by the European Commission. The ITN program aims “to train a new generation of creative, entrepreneurial and innovative early-stage researchers, able to face current and future challenges and to convert knowledge and ideas into products and services for economic and social benefit.”

May 2019: Our joint Nature Communications paper on blood-triggered cell migration has received a prize for excellent research from Oslo University Hospital.  Congratulations to the entire team!

May 2019: Liesbeth heads north to the University of Groningen to speak at the Student Symposium ‘In a materialistic world’, organized by the student association T.F.V. ‘Professor Francken’.

April 2019: Vincent Debets successfully defended his MSc thesis entitled “Collective cell dynamics in cancer metastasis” and  received his MSc degree in Applied Physics with highest honors. Congratulations, Vincent! He will continue as a PhD student in our group to study the physics of active glassy matter.

March 2019: PhD student Chengjie Luo won a Best Poster Award at the annual ICMS Outreach Symposium. Congratulations, Chengjie!

March 2019: MSc student Vincent Debets was selected as 1 of 7 Dutch participants to attend the prestigious 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Physics. Congratulations, Vincent! His interview with Cursor can be found here.

Jan 2019: Liesbeth gave a lecture for the ‘Universiteit van Nederland‘ to explain why glass is one the greatest mysteries in physics. Online video here!

Photo: Joshua Kloet

Dec 2018: Our group was awarded a Physics Projectruimte grant from NWO. The Projectruimte funds “innovative and risky fundamental research of high scientific quality, with a scientific, industrial or social urgency.”

Dec 2018: Liesbeth joins the newly established national NWO Working Group on Physics of Fluids and Soft Matter as 1 of 10 advisory committee members. The Working Group aims to identify new developments within the field, monitor ongoing research programmes, provide advice to the boards of the Physics and Science domains, and maintain and facilitate close contact with researchers in the field and with other relevant networks.

Dec 2018: We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting the 26th Dutch Soft Matter Meeting at TU Eindhoven. Mark your calendars for June 17, 2019!

Oct 2018: Marijke Valk successfully defended her MSc thesis entitled “The physics of collective cell motion: jamming, structure, and alignment” and received her MSc degree in Applied Physics with highest honors. Congratulations, Marijke!

Sept 2018: Chengjie Luo joined the group as a PhD student. Welcome, Chengjie!

Sept 2018: Liesbeth made her national radio debut on NPO Radio 1 to explain how blood can trigger massive collective motion of skin cells.

Sept 2018: Our paper on blood-induced collective cell motion was published in Nature Communications — a great collaborative effort with the cell biology group of Prof. Stig Ove Bøe in Oslo. The paper features our newly developed Voronoi-Vicsek model, which was implemented by MSc student Marijke Valk.

July 2018: Liesbeth heads to the USA and Canada, joining a group of 24 Applied Physics students on an exciting 3-week study tour!

July 2018: BSc student Niels Smith was awarded a prestigious ASML Technology Scholarship. Congratulations, Niels!

July 2018: We are pleased to announce that, together with Luca Giomi and Kees Storm, we will be organising a focus session on ‘the Physics of Tissues’ at Physics@Veldhoven 2019, featuring keynote speaker Cristina Marchetti.

June 2018: Liesbeth gave a lecture on the scientific mysteries of glass in the theater show ‘Professoren op het Podium‘.

May 2018: Liesbeth features in the Mildred Dresselhaus Magazine of CUI Hamburg.

March 2018: A figure from our paper, based on the BSc thesis of Jens Grauer, was highlighted by the journal Physical Review E in ‘Kaleidoscope‘.

March 2018: Liesbeth features in the Dutch national newspaper Trouw.

Jan 2018: Our joint proposal with the groups of Prof. Nicolas Vogel (Erlangen) and Prof. Hartmut Löwen (Düsseldorf) was funded by the DFG.

Jan 2018: Our group was awarded a generous START-UP grant from NWO. The START-UP program gives “new Principal Investigators the opportunity to refine their creative, high-risk ideas, to establish a basis for future research themes, and to generate scientific innovations.”