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
phone: +31 (0)30 253 1122


Personal details

Name Prof. dr. ir. M. (Marjolein) Dijkstra
Address Utrecht University, Faculty of Science
Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science,
Soft condensed matter,
Princetonplein 5,
3584 CC Utrecht, the Netherlands
Telephone +31 30 2533270
Email m.dijkstra at
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Academic Appointments

2020-present Member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)
2007-present Professor Computational Condensed Matter, Department of Physics, Utrecht University
2006-2007 Associate professor, Department of Physics, Utrecht University
1999-2006 Assistant professor, Department of Physics, Utrecht University
1997-1998 EU-Marie Curie (TMR) Individual Fellowship/EPSRC Prof. Robert Evans, H.H. Wills Physics Laboratory,
Bristol University, UK.
1997-1997 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre Européen de Calcul Atomique et Moléculaire, Lyon, France
1996-1997 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Prof. Michael P. Allen, H.H. Wills Physics Laboratory, Bristol University, UK
1995-1996 Associate Research Physicist, Shell Research and Technology Centre Amsterdam
1994-1995 EU-Marie Curie (HCM) Individual Fellowship, Prof. Paul A. Madden and Prof. Jean Pierre Hansen, Physical and
Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory, Oxford University, UK

Professional Experience

2018-present Member Sectorplan Commissie Bèta en Techniek
2021-present Board member Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science
2021-present Board Stichting Physica
2018-present APS Editor Reviews of Modern Physics

Prizes, Awards, and Recognitions

2020 Elected member Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences (KNAW)
2020 ERC Advanced grant (250 kEuro)
2007 NWO-Aspasia premie  (100 kEuro)
2006 NWO-VICI grant  (1250 kEuro)
2004 UU High Potential Grant (1472 kEuro)
2000 FOM Minerva Prize


2004 PhD degree, Thesis advisor: Prof. dr. Daan Frenkel, FOM institute AMOLF
1991 MSc Physics, Utrecht University
1990 MSc Molecular Sciences, Wageningen University

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.