Marjolein Dijkstra

Titels Prof. dr. ir.
Initials M.
Main position Hoogleraar UU
Disciplines Theoretical physics, (quantum) mechanics
  Physical chemistry
Chair Computer simulations Soft Matter
Domain Natural Sciences and Engineering
Membership Member
Since 2020
Member of Natural Sciences and Engineering
Employed by Universiteit Utrecht
Debye institute for Nanomaterials Science
Princetonplein 1
3584 CC Utrecht
tel.  030 253 3270
Personal website

Marjolein Dijkstra is interested in the theory of colloidal suspensions, for example milk, blood, paint and ink. They are solutions in which colloidal particles smaller than one hundredth of the diameter of a hair move about, often joined by other particle types such as ions and polymers. Dijkstra develops new computer simulation techniques for predicting the behaviour of these complex solutions in theory. Her work is not only groundbreaking science but also has practical relevance. Evidence can be found in the many public-private partnership programmes in which Dijkstra participates, including the Advanced Research Center for Soft Advanced Materials and the Advanced Research Center Chemical Building Blocks Consortium. Her most recent research focuses on bringing passive nanomaterials to life.