Responsive Soft Matter --- Wouter G. Ellenbroek

Responsive Soft Matter

Many soft materials are extremely sensitive. Their properties depend crucially, sometimes critically, on small changes in circumstances, which makes them very responsive to both mechanical and chemical external factors.

Topics currently under investigation include

  • Mechanics of network materials near rigidity transitions
  • Bio-inspired smart materials
  • Ion-mediated interactions in soft materials
  • Assembly of isotropic (round) particles into non-compact clusters

Note: A more in-depth research interests page is under construction for the moment because my department is planning a website overhaul.


See publications page.


Three vacancies (posted Jan 2016)

We have three vacancies for projects under my supervision or co-supervision: 

  1. A postdoc vacancy for a project researching toughening of materials induced by reversible crosslinks, focusing on the role of the crosslink dynamics. This project involves close collaboration with Prof. Costantino Creton from ESPCI ParisTech and is supervised by colleague Kees Storm and myself.
  2. A Ph.D. vacancy for a project on modeling of vitrimers, supervised by my colleague Alexey Lyulin and myself. This project is part of the Eindhoven Polymer Laboratories and will involve collaborations with colleagues in chemistry and chemical engineering.
  3. A Ph.D. vacancy for a project in which we will study reversibly crosslinked polymer networks with the aim of designing novel responsive materials. This project is funded by the physics funding agency FOM (part of the Dutch Science Foundation NWO). This position is listed on the FOM website.

 Formal vacancy descriptions will appear on the TU/e vacancy page soon.

PRL Cover!

Our recent work on rigidity loss in different types of networks made the cover of Physical Review Letters. Spring networks corresponding to jammed packings are even more special than we already thought.

New member!

April 2014: Mathijs Vermeulen just started his Ph.D. project in our group. He will study the rigidity and mechanics of composite fiber networks, as part of the FOM-programme on marginal materials led by my colleague Kees Storm.

Group Members

(pictures? pictures? where are my pictures? to be fixed...) 

Wouter G. Ellenbroek
Assistant Professor



Mathijs Vermeulen

Ph.D. Student

Anwesha Bose

Ph.D. Student


See the news section above.

Current and Recent Collaborations