Currently, I hold an assistant-professor position at the Insitute for Theoretical Physics of Utrecht University. Here, I lead a small group that investigates the influence of (non-Newtonian) hydrodynamics on the behavior of colloidal particles and biophysical systems using analytic theory and numerical methods.
I was previously employed as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow in the group of Prof. Dr. D. Marenduzzo at the University of Edinburgh. There, I worked on understanding the mechanism of self-propulsion of chemically propelled swimmers, as well as the behavior of colloidal gels when incorporating hydrodynamic interactions.
Prior to that, I was a group leader and NWO Rubicon postdoctoral researcher in the Institute for Computational Physics lead by Prof. Dr. C. Holm at the University of Stuttgart. There, my students and I developed lattice-Boltzmann methods for simulating active, self-propelled particles and electrokinetic phenomena.
I started my research career at Utrecht University, where I obtained my PhD in the group of Prof. Dr. M. Dijkstra. My PhD Thesis touched upon predicting crystal structures for faceted and shape-anisotropic particles, the adsorption of such particles to liquid-liquid interfaces, electrostatic screening of Janus particles, and the self-assembly of octapod-shaped nanocrystals. My earliest research was performed under the supervision of Prof. Dr. R. van Roij, with whom I investigated the charging of oil-in-water droplets and the isotropic-nematic phase transition of liquid crystals in an external dipolar field.
For full details, please refer to my CV.
Meike is funded by a NWO Start-Up grant and falls under my supervision. Meike will study the interaction between cilia and mucus in the lung and how this impacts the airway's antifouling abilities.
William is funded by a NWO Klein (currently M1) grant and falls under my supervision. He will consider the development of a frictional model for interaction between attractive colloids that accounts for rotational and translational immobilization.
Jeroen is a PhD student in my group and also interacts with the group of Farshid Jafarour, a biophysics tenure-track assistant professor at the ITF. He will consider the development a model for growing and interacting bacterial colonies with a specific focus on mechanointeractions.