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Staff members with discipline Physics, Applied

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


Radiation Protection Expert
Brain Connectivity; Neuropsychiatry; Brain stimulation; Brain dynamics
dr. B. (Branislava) Curcic-Blake

Assistant Professor
Radiocarbon Dating
Cosmogenic Isotope Production
M.W. (Michael) Dee

Assistant Professor of Isotope Chronology

Instrument Science Group manager
Physics of organic semiconductor devices (OPVs, OLEDs, ...); Fabrication and characterisation of organic electronic devices; Photodegradation; device stability and lifetime; etc.
N.Y. (Nutifafa) Doumon, MA MSc


Senior Researcher
Grant support
Project management
Research impact

My primary role is to assist scientists and other research personnel with securing research funding to pursue their scientific activities at the departments of Biomedical Sciences of Cells and Systems (BSCS) at the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG). This includes tasks ranging from drafting grant proposals to project management. Further, I take part in the departmental outreach activities to increase the research footprint.

Previously trained as a PhD scholar in experimental physics with strong communication skills developed from extensive teaching, presenting and writing experience, and ability to work independently or as part of a team. Previous research experience is in the areas of Spin electronics, Nanodevice fabrication, Cleanroom processing, Data Analysis, Critical Literature Review, and Experimental Design.

Research Development Officer
Physics, Applied Physics, Materials Science, Nanostructured Materials, Electron Microscopy, Lasers, Coatings, Thin Films and Interfaces
Optical and laser diagnostics
dr. R.J.H. (Robert) Klein-Douwel

Docent Experimental Physics / Coordinator Physics Practical Laboratory
Materials Science, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Electron Microscopy, Surfaces and Interfaces, Phase-change materials, Chalcogenide materials
prof. dr. ir. B.J. (Bart J) Kooi
Chair research group Nanostructured Materials and Interfaces, Full Professor
Rehabilitation of Visually Impaired People, Mobility and Traffic related research, Intra-ocular lens functionality

Emeritus Professor
Physics of solution-processable semiconductors and devices thereof. See our group website for more information.
prof. dr. L.J.A. (Jan Anton) Koster
Associate Professor Physics of Novel Semiconductors and Devices
Selected expertise  -Materials
Surface Chemistry, Nanomaterials & Nanotechnology, Materials Processing,  Materials Characterization,Nanofabrication, Nanotechnology, Molecular Electronics, Au and Ag thin film by PVD,
Development of Vanadium oxide thin film by MOCVD,  Fabrication of ZnO nanostructure thin film by Microwave.  
Microscopy and spectroscopy-
Scanning Electron Microscopy, EDS, XRD, Transmission Electron Microscopy , Atomic Force Microscopy,  X-ray photoemmision spectroscopy and UV-photoemmision spectroscopy ,Vacuum  Technology, Clean room and EGaIn in Glove box working experience.
Photophysics and Optoelectronics of organic semiconductors and nanomaterials
prof. dr. M.A. (Maria Antonietta) Loi
Professor of Photophysics and Optoelectronics
J. (Jamo) Momand, MSc

Materials Scientist & Electron Microscopist
Electron microscopy, in-situ microscopy (heat/electrical )
Ferroic oxides, phase-change materials
P. (Pavan) Nukala, PhD

High entropy alloys
Rapidly quenched materials
Materials microstructural characterization
In-situ scanning electron microscopy
Dual beam elecron-ion beam microscopy
Electron back-scatter diffraction (EBSD)
Electron energy dispersive spectrocopy (EDS)
1-spin relaxation process in graphene

2- atomically thin boron nitride tunnel barriers for spin injection 

3- 1/f type spin noise in graphene

4- Spin valleytronics in WS2

5-  Spin transport modulation in  graphene-WS2 heterostructures via spin orbit coupling
Computational Physics, Molecular Biophysics, Molecular Dynamics, Applied Physics, Materials Science
RESEARCH: Nanoscale surface roughness, Casimir forces, Nano/microelectromechanical systems, Nanoparticles, Kinetic roughening, Scanning probe microscopy, Adhesion, Friction / FULL-LIST OF PUBLICATIONS 

EDUCATION: Mathematical (Physics, 1st year), Electronics (Physics, 2nd year), Electronics (Biomedical Technology, 3rd year)

Member Royal Institute of Engineers (

Faculty Council FSE 
Representative 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. Apll. 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 (RC)
*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
Recent & current research-related  activities: 
*Casimir effect put to work as a nano-switch / New Scientist 
*Licht uit leegte (Volkskrant)
*Specia Issue: CASIMIR PHYSICS  
*ESF RNP CASIMIR  & Final evaluation RNP CASIMIR     
*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)
Nearby Galaxies: structure, stellar populations, kinematics; Galaxy Formation and Evolution; Galaxy Evolution in Clusters
Professor, Adjunct Director Master Astronomy
Computational Physics
prof. dr. H.A. (Hans) de Raedt
dr. D. (Diego) Ribas Gomes

Education/Research Officer

Assistant Professor/ Lecturer
Quantum Optics, semiconductor optics, semiconductor device physics
prof. dr. ir. C.H. (Caspar) van der Wal
Professor in Physics of Quantum Devices
prof. dr. ir. B.J. (Bart) van Wees

Professor of Applied Physics
prof. dr. W. (Wolfgang) Wild

Endowed professor
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