dr. W.G. (Wouter) Ellenbroek - Expertise
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dr. W.G. (Wouter) Ellenbroek
Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Physics, Theory of Polymers and Soft Matter
“My goal is to enable the creation of new materials that are just as fantastic as those developed by nature!”
Wouter Ellenbroek joined Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in October 2010 as a postdoc funded by NWO through a Veni grant. In 2013, he became Assistant Professor, and was tenured in 2016.
After obtaining his MSc in Theoretical Physics from Radboud University Nijmegen in 2003, Wouter Ellenbroek obtained his PhD at Leiden University, where he studied the mechanics and statistics of granular media. During a three-year stay as a postdoc in the Soft Matter Theory group of the University of Pennsylvania, Wouter expanded his field of work to include soft matter at smaller scales, particularly colloids, lipids and polymers.
Inspiration from nature
Wouter’s research group ‘Responsive Soft Matter’ focuses on physical foundations of novel high-tech materials that respond to mechanical stimuli or other changes in their environment. Taking inspiration from natural materials and processes, he unravels molecular mechanisms and develops proofs of concept in order to create new materials. To achieve this goal, he and his team are continuously developing new ways of extracting relevant information from vast data sets.
He also enjoys working closely together with a variety of academic disciplines, such as chemistry, biomedical and mechanical engineering, to establish new experimental techniques and develop materials for new applications.
2007: PhD Theoretical Physics, Leiden University
2006: Publication ‘Critical Scaling in Linear Response of Frictionless Granular Packings near Jamming’, in Physical Review Letters
2010: Personal Veni grant (247k€)
2010: Publication: ‘Low frequency vibrations of soft colloidal glasses’, in Physical Review Letters
2010: Herbert Callen Memorial Prize, University of Pennsylvania
2014: Publication: 'Rigidity Loss in Disordered Systems: Three Scenarios', on the cover of Physical Review Letters