dr. P. (Peter) Zijlstra - Expertise

Zijlstra, dr. P.
Address :
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
P.O. Box 513
Department :
Department of Applied Physics
Section :
Molecular Biosensors for Medical Diagnostics
Positioncategory :
Assistant Professor (UD)
Position :
Assistant Professor
Room :
FLX 5.107
Tel :
+31 40-247 2807
Tel (internal) :
Email :

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  • D12300 - Electromagnetism, optics, acoustics
  • single-molecule microscopy
  • biophysics
  • plasmonics
  • biosensing
  • optics



I studied Applied Physics at the University of Twente, where I obtained my MSc degree in 2005. In 2009 I received a PhD from Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, where I studied the photothermal properties of single plasmonic nanoparticles with applications in optical data storage. After a postdoctoral fellowship in the lab of Michel Orrit at Leiden University I am amployed by TU/e as an assistant professor since 2012. I am a core member of the Institute for Complex Molecular Systems at TU/e, wherein groups from different disciplines (chemistry, physics, biomedical technology) collaborate on multidisciplinary research topics.

My mission is to develop approaches for single-molecule sensing with the aim to study individual biomolecules in complex environments. Our research particularly focuses on single-molecule detection using plasmonic and fluorescent approaches. We combine concepts from single-molecule microscopy, plasmonics, and biochemistry to study the properties and interactions of biomolecules at the single-molecule level.  

Homepage: www.molecular-plasmonics.nl