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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. Meike Stöhr

(since September 2020)
Room: 5112.0064; Tel: +31 50 363 4438; e-mail: m.a.stohr rug.nl

Prof.dr. Meike A. Stöhr
Prof.dr. Meike A. Stöhr

Meike Stöhr studied physics and mathematics at the University of Stuttgart where she graduated with a thesis concerning “Properties of laser light and its applications”. Subsequently, she joined the group of Prof. Möller at the University of Essen, where she examined the self-assembly of organic molecules on metallic surfaces with scanning tunneling microscopy under ultrahigh vacuum conditions and received her PhD degree with a thesis entitled “Homogeneous and heterogeneous molecular assemblies”. In 2002 she joined the group of Prof. Güntherodt at the University of Basel as a postdoctoral researcher where she finished her Habilitation in 2008 with work focusing on supramolecular architectures seen by scanning tunneling microscopy. She moved to the University of Groningen in 2010 to assume an assistant professor position. The work of her group focuses on the investigation of self-assembly phenomena as well as reactivity of organic molecules on well-defined conducting surfaces. In 2018 she was promoted to full professor. Among others, Meike Stöhr was awarded a Vidi grant from NWO in 2011, an ERC starting grant in 2012 and an NWO Vici grant in 2018.

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)
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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