June 2021: Congratulations to all winners of the KNAW Onderwijsprijs! It was an honor to serve on the jury; impressed to see so much young academic talent!

May 2021: Once more, the group has submitted three papers within one week! Check out our new theory for single-particle dynamics of glass-forming materials, our improved predictions for the reentrant phase diagram of sticky hard spheres, and the first study of non-equilibrium aging in thermal active glasses. Congratulations to PhD students Chengjie, Giulia, and Vincent!

May 2021: Excited to be part of the new organizing team of the Dutch Soft Matter Meetings! The next (online) edition will take place on May 25th, featuring a keynote lecture by Prof. Hartmut Löwen. Registration is free of charge.

May 2021: Our collaborative work with the groups of Profs. Nicolas Vogel and Hartmut Löwen on collapse-induced phase transitions of binary microgel mixtures features on the inside cover of Soft Matter.

Apr 2021: Our team has been selected for the OpenSSI program of the national eScience Center. We look forward to this exciting collaboration!

Feb 2021: Our Lorentz Workshop on ‘Self-Organization under Confinement’ has been rescheduled to 2022, but we are excited to offer an online teaser in the meantime! Please join us on March 1st for a seminar across length scales, featuring talks by Cécile Sykes, Iker Zuriguel, and Itai Cohen. Registration is free of charge.

Jan 2021: Incredibly proud of Simone, who successfully defended his PhD thesis on the 22nd of January! Congratulations Dr. Ciarella!

Jan 2021: Liesbeth’s outlook on applying machine-learning methods to better understand the glass problem is published in De Correspondent. You can read the article (in Dutch) here.

Jan 2021: Francis Jose joins our VITRIMAT team as a PhD student. Welcome, Francis!

Dec 2020: Honored to be interviewed for the national newspaper Trouw about our research on the glass transition! You can read the article (in Dutch) here.

Nov 2020: Beyond excited to announce that our group was awarded the prestigious Vidi grant from NWO! The Vidi program provides funding for experienced researchers to establish a curiosity-driven, innovative line of research.

Oct 2020: Liesbeth’s talk for the Simons Collaboration Webinar series on  Cracking the Glass Problem is available online.

Oct 2020: It’s official! As of Oct 1, 2020, Liesbeth is promoted to Associate Professor with tenure!

Oct 2020: Liesbeth’s invited article on the physics of glass formation is published in the Dutch Journal of Physics (NTvN). Read the article (in Dutch) here.

Cover image: Unsplash-Johannes W/NTvN

Sept 2020: Three new papers on arXiv in one week! If you want to know more about universal scaling laws near the glass transition, or about multiscale engineering of soft microgels, or about cooperative dynamics of living tumor-cell clusters, check out our recent work. Very proud of PhD students Chengjie, Simone, and Vincent!

July 2020: As a new member of the KNAW Young Academy, Liesbeth was interviewed by Lisa Becking to discuss the group’s research during corona times. Read the interview (in Dutch) here.

May 2020: Our proposal for an international scientific workshop on ‘Self-Organization under Confinement’ has been approved by the Lorentz Center.  Very excited to organize this workshop together with Alvaro Marin, Giorgio Volpe, and Nuno Araújo! Mark your calendars for 1-5 March 2021!

April 2020: Liesbeth has officially become a member of the KNAW Young Academy! The inauguration ceremony at the Trippenhuis has been converted to an online format.

Photo: Milette Raats/KNAW

April 2020: Our European ITN consortium VITRIMAT has kicked off! We have openings for 11 PhD positions to push the development, modeling, and characterization of vitrimers. Check out the VITRIMAT website for more details.

March 2020: Liesbeth will give a Studium Generale lecture on ‘Cracking the glass mystery’. Tickets and more information can be found here.

Source: Studium Generale TU/e

Feb 2020: We are excited to announce that our joint ENW-GROOT research proposal on the active-matter physics of cancer metastasis is funded by NWO. This research program combines in-vivo and in-vitro cell biology, biophysics, and theoretical physics to shed new light on the physical drivers underlying cancer metastasis.

Feb 2020: Liesbeth’s article on vitrimers is published in Europhysics News.

Jan 2020: Liesbeth will host a scientific session and panel discussion entitled ‘The Science of Diversity’ at the annual Dutch Physics meeting in Veldhoven. Please join us and share your thoughts on how we can make the physical sciences more diverse and inclusive!

Dec 2019: Our new work on vitrimers features in the Dutch newspaper Eindhovens Dagblad.

Dec 2019: Liesbeth is elected as one of ten new members of The Young Academy of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. The interview with Cursor can be found here.

Dec 2019: Our group’s research features on the Dutch science platform NEMO Kennislink.

Nov 2019: Our study on the unusual fragility of vitrimers has been published in PNAS! Very proud of PhD student Simone Ciarella and (former) BSc student Rutger Biezemans! The work is also featured on the TU/e website, Phys.org, Engineers Online, DuurzaamBedrijfsleven, Maakindustrie Nieuws, Kunststof en Rubber, Engineering Net, and Nederlands Dagblad.

Nov 2019: Our group’s research features in the Dutch national newspaper NRC.

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 joins 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.

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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 joins 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.”