Prof. dr. ir. Marjolein Dijkstra

Leonard S. Ornstein Laboratory, room 0.64
Princetonplein 1, 3584 CC Utrecht
P.O. Box 80 000, 3508 TA Utrecht
The Netherlands
phone: +31 (0)30 253 3270
secretariat: +31 (0)30 253 2952
Operations coordinator Debye Institute:
Dianne Ickenroth
phone: +31 (0)30 253 1122


Curriculum vitae Marjolein Dijkstra (16-03-2018)

Title(s), initial(s), first name, surname: Prof. dr. ir. M. (Marjolein) Dijkstra

Male/female: Female
Address: Utrecht University
Debye Institute for NanoMaterials Science
Soft condensed matter
Princetonplein 1
3584 CC Utrecht, the Netherlands
Telephone: +31 (0)30 253 3270
Fax: +31 (0)30 253 2706

Nationality: Dutch

1994 Postdoc
EC-Human Capital and Mobility (HCM)
Prof. P.A. Madden and Prof. J.P. Hansen, Oxford University, UK
1995 Associate research physicist
Shell Research and Technology Centre Amsterdam
1996 Postdoc with Prof. M.P. Allen, Bristol University, UK
1997 Postdoc at CECAM (Centre Européen de Calcul Atomique et Moléculaire) Lyon, France
1998 Postdoc
EC-Training and Mobility Research (TMR) with
Prof. R. Evans, Bristol University, UK
1999 Assistant professor (UD) Utrecht University
2006 Associate professor (UHD) Utrecht University
2007 Professor Utrecht University, (co)promotor of 24 PhD students
(finished), at present 7 PhD students

Master degrees
1990 Chemical Engineering, Wageningen University
Master Thesis: The effect of gramicidin A on the structure and dynamics of lipid systems studied by ESR.
Supervisors: Prof. Y.K. Levine (Utrecht) and Prof. T.J. Schaafsma (Wageningen)

1991 Experimental Physics, Utrecht University
Master Thesis:The velocity autocorrelation function in a four-dimensional lattice gas.
Supervisor: Prof. D. Frenkel (FOM institute AMOLF)

PhD degree
1994 PhD thesis: The effect of entropy on the structure and stability of complex fluids.
Supervisor: Prof. D. Frenkel (FOM institute AMOLF)

Research interests:
My research is focused on theory and computer simulations of soft condensed matter systems to study physical phenomena like phase transitions, glass and jamming transitions, gelation, and nucleation in bulk systems and systems subjected to external fields like sedimentation, electric fields, etc. We employ Monte Carlo, (event driven) Molecular and Brownian Dynamics simulations, Stochastic Rotational Dynamics simulations to include hydrodynamics, Umbrella and Forward flux sampling, and simulated annealing techniques to predict densest packings, candidate (crystal) structures and to determine the (non)-equilibrium phase behavior of colloids, nanoparticles, liquid crystals, etc.

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Additional functions

2016-present APS Editor Reviews of Modern Physics
2017-present Co-editor Molecular Physics
2013-present NWO Programme committee ‘Computational sciences for energy research’
2011-present Board Member Department of Physics, Utrecht University

2000 FOM Minerva Prize (2000)
2004 UU High Potential Grant (1472 kEuro) “Collloidal Molecules: Synthesis, Observation, Prediction, and Simulation of New Building blocks for Soft Matter”
2006 NWO-VICI grant “Colloidal self-assembly: predicting and designing new structures using genetic algorithms” (1250 kEuro)
2007 NWO-Aspasia premie