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The Board of the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials consists of

Prof.dr. Katja Loos (chair)

(since July 2017)
Room: 5118.0357; Tel: +31 50 363 6867; e-mail: k.u.loos rug.nl

Prof.dr. Katja Loos
Prof.dr. Katja Loos

Katja Loos specialized in Organic Chemistry and Polymer Chemistry during her university studies at the Johannes Gutenberg Universität in Mainz, Germany and the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, USA. She moved into the field of Enzymatic Polymerizations during her doctoral research at the University of Bayreuth, Germany and the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brasil. After a postdoctoral research stay at Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, NY, USA she started an independent research group at the University of Groningen. Early in her career Katja Loos was awarded two travel scholarships of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and she received the very prestigious Feodor Lynen Fellowship award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to conduct her postdoctoral research. During her independent research career, the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) awarded her the prestigious VIDI grant in 2009 and VICI grant in 2014 and the German Research Council (DFG) an Eleonore Trefftz guest professorship within the scope of its excellency initiative in 2016. In addition to this acknowledgment of her academic achievements and aspirations she was elected Fellow of the Dutch Polymer Institute (DPI). She is the chair of the board of the study group Macromolecules of the chemistry section of the Dutch Science Foundation (NWO) and a member of the board of the National Dutch Graduate School of Polymer Science & Technology (PTN).

Prof.dr.ir. Bart J. Kooi

(since January 2017)
Room: 5113.0211; Tel: +31 50 363 4896; e-mail: B.J.Kooi rug.nl

Prof.dr.ir. Bart J. Kooi
Prof.dr.ir. Bart J. Kooi

Bart J. Kooi studied Materials Science at Delft University of Technology and received his PhD degree with prof. Eric Mittemeijer in 1995 with a thesis entitled “Iron-Nitrogen Phases: Thermodynamics, Long-Range Order and Oxidation Behaviour”. Then he moved to the University of Groningen to work (since 1997) as assistant and associate professor in the research group Materials Science headed by prof. De Hosson with a main focus on electron microscopy e.g. of metal-oxide interfaces. In 2001 he started in parallel research on phase-change materials for memory applications which developed in a broader interest in chalcogenide materials. In 2009 he established his own research group “Nanostructured Materials and Interfaces” within the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials. He has published more than 160 articles in peer-reviewed journals with as overarching theme nanostructure-property relations.

Prof.dr.ir. Bart J. van Wees

(since April 2020)
Tel: +31 50 363 4933; e-mail: B.J.van.wees rug.nl

Prof.dr.ir. Bart J. van Wees
Prof.dr.ir. Bart J. van Wees

Bart van Wees was born in Nootdorp (1961), and studied Applied Physics at the TU Delft. He received his PhD “cum laude” with professor Hans Mooij in 1989. He moved to Groningen in 1991 as KNAW research fellow where he worked on mesoscopic semiconductor and superconductor systems. Since 2000 he has been a full professor and chair of the group Physics of Nanodevices. His research activities include spintronics and spin caloritronics in metals, graphene and other 2D materials, as well as magnon spin transport in insulating materials. He is one of the four Focus Area Leaders for the research of the Zernike Institute National Research Centre. Van Wees coordinates the activities on spintronics in the EU Graphene Flagship. He has received several prizes and distinctions, including the election as member of the KNAW in 2009 and fellow of the American Physical Society in 2014. He is one of the recipients of the 2016 SPINOZA Award.

Prof.dr.ir. Patrick R. Onck

(since April 2020, fully active as of September 2020)
Room: 5113.0114; Tel: +31 50 363 8039; e-mail: p.r.onck rug.nl

Prof.dr.ir. Patrick R. Onck
Prof.dr.ir. Patrick R. Onck

Patrick Onck holds a M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics from Delft University of Technology where he also obtained his PhD in Applied Mechanics (Cum Laude). In 1998 he started a postdoc at the Department of Engineering and Applied Sciences of Harvard University (USA) and in the same year he was elected Research Fellow of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (akademie-onderzoeker). In 2001 he moved to the University of Groningen where he became an Associate Professor in the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials in 2006 and Full Professor in 2012. Research in the Onck group aims at understanding the mechanical and functional behavior of biophysical processes and smart materials. To do so, he develops multiscale computational techniques (e.g. molecular dynamics, finite element methods) to explicitly account for the (bio)physical mechanisms at the relevant length scales. Onck is Programme Director of the M.Sc. Physics and Applied Physics degree.

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