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Staff members with discipline Physics, Multidisciplinary

Academia develops at the interface of different fields. This is one reason why the University of Groningen is home to a wide range of fields, each with a great number of subject specialists. The overview below, which is based on a standard categorization of fields, will help you find the right expert for each field. If you cannot find the expert you are looking for in this list, try searching via a related field or faculty; you may find him or her there.

Overview of all disciplines

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Neuromorphic engineering, learning in spiking CMOS neural networks and memristive systems, CMOS models of cortical circuits for brain-inspired computation, bio-inspired sensing (vision, olfaction, touch, active electrolocation, audition) and motor control.
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Physics Education Research, interplay of mathematics and physics
dr. S. van den Eynde
Curriculum developer
Nonlinear dynamics, time series analysis, variable star physics
S.V. (Sandip) George
Post doctoral researcher
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Senior Researcher
Lightning and Atmospheric Electricity
B. Hare, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Radiation, Accelerators, Nuclear Physics, Physics Education
dr. M.A. (Mariet) Hofstee
Instructor, Chair University Council
atomic, laser and particle physics; fundamental symmetries and interactions
prof. dr. K.H.K.J. (Klaus) Jungmann
+31 50 36 33553
Professor of Experimental Physics
Physics of solution-processable semiconductors and devices thereof. See our group website for more information.
prof. dr. L.J.A. (Jan Anton) Koster
+31 50 36 34928
Associate Professor Physics of Novel Semiconductors and Devices
prof. dr. H. (Herbert) Löhner
Professor emeritus
Photophysics and Optoelectronics of hybrid semiconductors and nanomaterials
prof. dr. M.A. (Maria Antonietta) Loi
+31 50 36 34119
Professor of Photophysics and Optoelectronics
Atmospheric greenhouse gases, isotope physics
prof. dr. H.A.J. (Harro A J) Meijer
+31 50 36 34760
Full Professor
Nanoscale surface roughness, Casimir forces, Nano/microelectromechanical systems, Nanoparticles, Kinetic roughening, Scanning probe microscopy, Adhesion, Friction

Education Courses: Mathematical Physics (Physics, 1st year), Electronics (Biomedical Engineering, 3rd year)

Member Royal Institute of Engineers (

AIPScilight: Unanswered questions about the application of Casimir forces

Recent  publications:
*Casimir Force Contrast Between Amorphous and Crystalline Phases of AIST, Adv. Funct. Mat.
*Tuning structural motifs and alloying of bulk immiscible Mo–Cu bimetallic nanoparticles, Nanoscale 
*Significance of the Casimir force and surface roughness for actuation dynamics of MEMS, Phys. Rev. B  
*Sensitivity of micromechanical actuation on amorphous to crystalline phase transformations under the influence of Casimir forces, Phys. Rev. B    
*Graphene-on-Silicon Near-Field Thermophotovoltaic Cell, Phys. Rev. Applied  
*Casimir forces from conductive silicon carbide surfaces, Phys. Rev. B  
*Synthesis and exceptional thermal stability of Mg-based bimetallic nanoparticles during hydrogenation, Nanoscale  
*Surface engineering of the quality factor of metal coated microcantilevers, J. Appl. Phys   
*Influence of surface roughness on dispersion forces ( Review Article), Advances in Colloid and Interface Science.   
*Roughness controlled superhydrophobicity onsingle nanometer length scale with metal nanoparticles , Royal Society Chemistry Advances 
*Nonlinear actuation dynamics of driven Casimir oscillators with rough surfaces,  Phys. Rev. Applied 
*Synthesis and morphology of iron–iron oxide core–shell nanoparticles produced by high pressure gas condensation, Nanotechnology
*Casimir force measurements from silicon carbide surfaces , Phys. Rev. B
*Capillary-force measurement on SiC surfaces, Phys. Rev. E
Control surface wettability with nanoparticles from phase-change materials, Appl. Phys. Lett.

*Strategies to initiate and control the nucleation behavior of bimetallic nanoparticles, Nanoscale
*Global consequences of a local Casimir force: Adhered cantilever, Appl.Phys.Lett
*Rough Electrode Creates Excess Capacitance in Thin-Film Capacitors, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces
*Chaotic behavior in Casimir oscillators: A case study for phase-change materials, Phys. Rev. E
*Shape and structural motifs control of MgTi bimetallic nanoparticles using hydrogen and methane as trace impurities, Nanoscale
*Dependence of chaotic actuation dynamics of Casimir oscillators on optical properties and electrostatic effects, EPJB
*Dependence of chaotic behavior on optical properties and electrostatic effects in double-beam torsional Casimir actuation, Phys. Rev. E
*Measurement of the Casimir force in a gas and in a liquid, Phys. Rev. B (Rapid Com.)
*Roughness dependent wettability of sputtered copper thin films: The effect of the local surface slope, J. Appl. Phys.
*Sensitivity of chaotic behavior to low optical frequencies of a double-beam torsional actuator, Phys. Rev. E
*Roughness-dependent wetting behavior of vapor-deposited metallic thin films, Phys.Rev.E
*Dependence of non-equilibrium Casimir forces on material optical properties toward chaotic motion during device actuation (Featured article), Chaos
*Effect of Airborne Hydrocarbons on the Wettability of Phase Change Nanoparticle Decorated Surfaces, ACS Nano
*Comparison of Casimir forces and electrostatics from conductive SiC-Si/C and Ru surfaces, Phys. Rev. B
*Gas-Phase Synthesis of Tunable-Size Germanium Nanocrystals by Inert Gas Condensation, Chemistry of Materials
*Sensitivity of non-equilibrium Casimir forces on low frequency optical properties towards chaotic motion of microsystems: Drude vs. Plasma model (Featured article), Chaos
*Measuring the Dispersion Forces Near the van der Waals–Casimir Transition, Phys. Rev. Applied
*Chaotic motion due to lateral Casimir forces during nonlinear actuation dynamics, Chaos
*Applications of Casimir forces: Nanoscale actuation and adhesion, Featured Article, Appl. Phys. Lett.
*Tunable wettability of polymer films by partial engulfment of nanoparticles, Phys. Rev. Materials
*Casimir and electrostatic forces from Bi2Se3 thin films of varying thickness, Phys. Rev. B Letters
*Casimir Oscillators toward Chaos: Comparison of Topological Insulators and
Metals, Universe
*Tailoring Growth Kinetics toward a Size-Dependent Work Function of Ge Nanocrystals Synthesized by Inert Gas Condensation, J. Phys. Chem. C
*Excessive number of high asperities for sputtered rough films, Phys. Rev. B
*Weak adhesion between deposited rough films: Relation to dispersion forces, Phys. Rev B Letters
*Sensitivity of actuation dynamics on normal and lateral Casimir forces: Interaction of phase change and topological insulator materials, Chaos

Research/Outreach-related  activities:
*AIPScilight: Unanswered questions about the application of Casimir forces 

*Casimir effect put to work as a nano-switch / New Scientist 
*Licht uit leegte (Volkskrant)
*Specia Issue: CASIMIR PHYSICS       
*National Science Agenda: Casimir Natuurkunde voor innovatie: waarom is dit nuttig?
*Casimir Physics workshop 2016: Casimir and van der Waals Physics: Progress and Prospects (2016) 
*Casimir physics in the Zernike Institute news
*Biggest unanswered questions in Physics  | we are not done yet....!
* World Technology Evaluation
*Is Quantum Reality Analog after All?
*Rough Line Edge Estimation from SEM Images
prof. dr. G. (George) Palasantzas
Full Professor in Physics (Surface interactions and Nanostructures)
prof. dr. ir. J. (Hans) van der Plicht
+31 50 36 34730
Educational developing, assessment, training, coaching, teaching
dr. A. (Azadeh) Rahimichatri
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