NWO Start-Up grant for Joost de GraafOne of the seven
Physics and Chemistry NWO Start-UP grants was awarded to Joost de Graaf
for his proposal regarding the movement of micro-organisms in slimey
liquids. More info
René van Roij appointed new ITP director,
Stefan Vandoren new Head of the Physics Department
René van Roij was appointed by the dean as the new Scientific
Director of the ITP, starting May 1st. Stefan Vandoren, whose second
term as ITP Director just ended, was appointed Head of the Physics
Department, starting July 1st.
NWO Start-Up grant for Thomas Grimm
Thomas Grimm was awarded an NWO Start-UP grant. His
proposal on Quantum Black Holes was one of 11 projects awarded in the
first round of this new NWO programme
that is derived from the Physics and Chemistry Sector Plan. More
explains his PhD research on Radio 1
On March 3 2018 Bram Bet was a guest at the NPO
Radio 1 show dr Kelder en Co hosted by Jort
Kelder, to explain the nature of his PhD research and applications.
Watch the show
here. (in Dutch)
Paul van der Schoot in Nature
Communications with Hyperstretched DNA paper
In a new
Nature Communications paper Paul van der Schoot with
VU colleagues report the discovery of a new form of DNA they call
Hyperstretched DNA, which is twice the normal lenght. Theoretically
predicted by Van Der Schoot with TU/e colleagues, it was confirmed at
the VU by experiments by using a combination of force- and fluorescence
First mathematical network
model for the ‘Battle of the Sexes’
As part of the UU Complex Systems Studies, Joris Broere, Vincent
Buskens, Jeroen Weesie & Henk Stoof have
mathematical model for the way social networks influence conflicts of
interest in Scientific Reports. More info
Shell Graduation Prize for
Enea Mauri was awarded the Shell Graduation Prizes in Physics for his
master thesis written at the ITP under supervision of Henk Stoof. Enea
is currently a PhD student in Stoof's group.
More info here.
Robbert Dijkgraaf Essay Award
2017 won by Drian van der Woude
An essay on science and "alternative facts" written by ITP PhD student
Dria van der Woude has won the 2017 Robbert Dijkgraaf Essay award.
More info here. The essay can be found
ITP 'a jewel among theoretical
physics research institutes world wide'; Dutch Research School for
Theoretical Physics ‘excellent and of great added value'
The ITP and The Dutch Research School for Theoretical Physics, which is
coordinated by the ITP were recently reviewed by international review
committee led by Prof. Daan Frenkel from Cambridge University. Both the
ITP and the DRSTP were granted a rating of ‘excellent’ for all criteria:
quality, relevance and viability.
More info here.
Stefan Vandoren talk on Black Holes
at Betweter festival
As part of the
Betweter Festival in Utrecht, Stefan Vandoren will give a public talk on
Black Holes on September 29.
Journal of Chemical Physics
Editor's choice for Van der Schoot, Van Roij, Samin, Everts
A Landau-de Gennes
theory for hard colloidal rods: Defects and tactoids was chosen as a
2016 highlight and Editor's Choice by The Journal of Chemical Physics
Paul van der Schoot on cover PRL
The Paul van der Schoot article
Compression and Reswelling of Microgel Particles after an Osmotic Shock
was featured on the cover of
Volume 119, issue 9 of Physical Review Letters.
Rembert Duine on cover NTvN
The cover of the august 2017 edition of the Dutch Journal of Physics features Rembert Duine in an article on black-hole-horizon analogues in magnetic systems.
VENI Grant for Wilke van der Schee
Wilke van der Schee has received an NWO Veni grant for his proposal. "Black hole horizons and the quark-gluon plasma" The grant will allow Van der Schee to decelop his research at the ITP Utrecht for three years.
Rubicon Grant for Benedetta Flebus
Benedetta Flebus has won a NWO Rubicon grant for
her proposal "The magnetic charm of topological defects", allowing her
to spend two years at the University of California investigating
how topological defects in magnetic materials can be used to efficiently
transmit information in the classical and quantum mechanical regimes.
Paper on "quantum simulator"by
Morais Smith and colleagues published and reviewed in Nature Physics
The paper Experimental realization and
characterization of an electronic Lieb lattice
written by colleagues from the Debye Institute with Cristiane de Morais
Smith and her PhD-students Sander Kempkes and Guido van Miert, was
reviewed by Nature Physics. More information
Watse Sybesma winner of Sciencebattle
Sciencebattle (www.sciencebattle.nl) is
a competition where four Ph.D. students compete on stage. The main
objective is: Who succeeds best in communicating the essence of his or
her research to a general audience in 10 minutes? The winner is chosen
via a weighted consultation of: an expert, a jury chosen from the
audience members and the received applause in decibels. Watse won by
telling the audience about his research on how black hole physics can
help studying exotic matter. Interested?
Sunday 14th of May there is another session (in Dutch) at the
schouwburg in Utrecht at noon.
Simulation of black holes on an electronic
chip theorized by Duine et al.
Rembert Duine together with Chilean colleagues Roldán-Molina and
Nunez, have shown that black holes can be simulated on electronic chips.
The idea is to use the interaction between spin-polarized current and
magnetization dynamics to implement black-hole and white-hole horizons
More info here. Article
Volkskrant coverage here. (In Dutch.)
Mildred Dresselhaus Award for Christiane
ITP's Cristiane Morais Smith has been honered with the
Mildred Dresselhaus Award 2016. The award has been established in
2013 to promote outstanding female scientists. The awardees are invited to the Hamburg Centre for Ultrafast Imaging Hamburg for six
NWO TOP subsidy for
research on ultra-thin semiconductors for Henk Stoof et al.
Daniël Vanmaekelbergh (Debye Institute) received a 780 k€ NWO TOP
subsidy with Laurens Siebbeles from TU Delft. They will use the subsidy
to conduct research into the optical and electronic characteristics of
ultra-thin materials, also known as ‘two dimensional’ materials.
Intelligent use of these characteristics may eventually enable the
researchers to contribute to applications such as more efficient LED
lighting and photovoltaic cells.
More info here.
ERC Consolidator Grant for Rembert Duine
Rembert Duine received a prestigious
Consolidator Grant worth more than 1.5 million Euros for his
proposal Spin Transport Beyond Electrons, to facilitate his
work on spin waves.
Honorary appointment and medal for Gerard
Gerard 't Hooft has been appointed as FIAS Senior
Fellow Laureatus in Frankfurt am Main on September 28, 2016. The new
FIAS Senior Fellow Laureatus title was installed by FIAS and STIFTUNG
GIERSCH to honor scientists for their groundbreaking research in a FIAS
related field of science.
In addition, professor 't Hooft
Niels Bohr Institute Medal of Honour on November 30, 2016.
This medal is awarded annually to a particularly outstanding researcher
who is working in the spirit of Niels Bohr: International cooperation
and exchange of knowledge.
PRL cover for Soligno,
Dijkstra, van Roij
cover of the June 24 (2016) issue of Physical Review Letters features a
graphical representation of research by PhD student Giuseppe Soligno
(ITP) and his supervisors Marjolein Dijkstra (DINS) and Rene van Roij
(ITP). In their Letter in this issue the authors present calculations of
the adsorption of nanocubes on fluid-fluid interfaces. The interface
deformations generated by the cubes is predicted to drive a
self-assembly process into two-dimensional hexagonal and (graphene-like)
honeycomb lattices of the cubic particles.
NWO Vidi Grant for Carmine Ortix
Carmine Ortix has been awarded a Vidi grant by NWO in the 2015 round for
his proposal "Shaping nanomaterials for future electronics". The award
allows Ortix, who is currently spending a long term research visit at
the ITP on a DFG grant, to expand his research on quantum effects in
curved semiconductor nanomembranes.
Rembert Duine appointed as professor at TU/e
ITP’s Rembert Duine has been appointed parttime professor of “Theory for
spin-based nanoelectronics” at the Department of Applied Physics of the
Eindhoven University of Technology. Duine will be member of the group
Physics of Nanostructures and will collaborate with his experimental
colleagues in this group on spintronics and magnetism. As a result of
this collaboration, a FOM projectruimte was granted to Henk Swagten
(TU/e) and Rembert Duine for the proposal “Skyrmionics”.
strengthens the connection between Utrecht and Eindhoven as envisioned
in the strategic alliance between these universities.
First Prize NTvN competition for Mathijs Janssen
New ITP Staff member: Thomas Grimm
PhD candidate Mathijs Janssen of the Institute for Theoretical Physics (ITP) was awarded the First Prize in the NTvN
(see https://www.ntvn.nl/2016/3/winnaars-ntvn-prijsvraag/) competition for PhD students for his article with the title "(B)lauwe Energie". His article
was, according to the jury, very well-structured, clear yet deep, and directly linked to applications. Apart from eternal fame the prize consists of 1000 euros.
Congratulations to Mathijs! Actually also the second prize (750 euro) of this national competition went to a (former) PhD student of the ITP. Vivian
Jacobs wrote a crystal clear article on the connections between string theory and condensed matter with the title "Dirac-halfmetalen met holografische wisselwerking"
Mathijs' and Vivian's articles will be published in the March and April 2016 issues of the NTvN, respectively.
September 1st 2015, Thomas Grimm will be appointed as new staff member
(Associate Professor) at the Institute for Theoretical Physics at
Utrecht. Thomas’ research is in String Theory and Supergravity, but part
of his work also connects to elementary particle physics and cosmology.
Coming year he will still be located at the Max Planck Institute in
Munich, but from September 2016 onwards, Thomas will be full-time in
Utrecht. He will bring one postdoc and two PhD students from his group
to Utrecht, and we are looking forward to welcome them at our institute.
Rembert Duine in Nature Physics
Together with colleagues from Groningen University and the Université
de Bretagne Occidentale, ITP's Rembert
Duine has found that it is possible to make an electric circuit with
a magnetic insulator using spin waves. The findings were published in
Nature Physics. Read the UU press release
New Kramer professor: Antonio Castro Neto
This fall, professor Antonio Castro Neto will
visit the ITP as the 2015
Kramers professor. Prof. Castro Neto is Professor
of Physics at Boston
University and Director of the
Advanced 2D Materials in Singapore, and one of the leading theorists in
the study of graphene and other two dimensional materials. Prof.
Castro Neto will teach a
Kramers Course on Graphene starting on September
Marie Curie grant for Sela Samin
Sela Samin has received an Marie Curie Fellowship from the European
Commission. The name of the corrsponding project proposal is "COMNACTSS"
which stands for "Controlling micro- and nano-channel transport with
The grant will allow him to stay two
additional years at the ITP to work on this project.
Vidi grant for Enrico
Enrico Pajer was awarded an NWO Vidi grant for his proposal "The
matter in the universe and melted chocolate". More info at the
Fom Project for Henk Stoof
Prof. Henk Stoof and Dr Dries van Oosten have
received a FOM Projectruimte Grant for their research proposal ‘Shaping
the sound of light’. Their objective is to create and study a
Bose-Einstein condensate of light. This would be interesting for
fundamental research on black holes as well as for practical
applications in optoelectronics.
Gerrit Bauer appointed to Donders chair
Prof. Gerrit Bauer (Sendai/TU
has been appointed to the Donders chair. The Donders chair
is a fixed-term professorship appointed by the CvB of Utrecht
Gerrit Bauer is an international authority on
quantum transport and spintronics, and well-known for his contributions
to the development of magnetoelectronic circuit theory. Bauer’s research
is currently focused on spin caloritronics (the interaction between
spin and heat currents) and spin mechanics (the interplay between spin
and mechanical motion). He received the Lars Onsager Medal from the
Norwegian University of Science and Technology in 2009, and became
Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2010 “for exposing the
interaction between spin transport, magnetization dynamics, charge and
heat transport, and mechanical motion”.
Huge success for ITP in new FOM grants
ITP researchers are involved or leading in a large
part of the new programs and projects awarded by FOM.
Higgs as a probe and portal,
Nikhef, VU, RUN, RUG, UL and UU (ITP) are collaborating is led by
Eric Laenen and includes a project
by Tomislav Prokopec.
M€ 2,1 was awarded to this program.
Magnon spintronics, in which UU, RUG and TUD are involved,
is led by Rembert Duine and
received M€ 1,4.
Observing the Big Bang: the Quantum Universe and its Imprint on the Sky,
includes researched from
UL, UvA, UU, RUG en Nikhef, and involves projects by
Tomislav Prokopec en Enrico
In addition, the project proposals SKYRMIONICS
– towards skyrmions for nanoelectronics by Henk Swagten (TU/e) and Rembert
Duine and Emergent quantum states and novel relaxation
mechanisms in general quantum quenche by Dirk
Schuricht were also awarded.
here (in Dutch.)
Erik van der Wurff wins Lorentz Thesis Award
Erik van der Wurff has won the
2014 Lorentz Master Thesis Award in Theoretical Physics for his theses
Number Fluctuations and Phase Diffusion in a Bose-Einstein
Condensate of Light, supervised by Henk Stoof. More info in
DUB. (in Dutch). There was also an
interesting recent feature in DUB on Henk and Erik.
Visiting Professor: Alexei Starobinsky
Professor Alexei Starobinsky has
started his visiting professorship at the ITP. He will be spending three
periods at the ITP: November 2014, February 2015 and mid June to mid
July 2015. This guest was made possible by a Delta ITP grant for a
proposal submitted by Tomislav Prokopec.
Professor Starobinsky will be
teaching a module of the DITP course Advanced Topics in Theoretical
Physics: Module 3: Cosmological
Perturbation Theory and Quantum Effects in Inflation. Lecturer: Alexei
Starobinsky (Landau Institute, Moskow)
More info on the course can be found at
NWO Graduate Program awarded to ITP
NWO has awarded the ITP proposal for a Graduate Program for Theoretical Physics with a €850.000,- grant.
The grant will be used to appoint four PhD-students, who will be able to individually choose their supervisor and research topic.
More info on the NWO Graduate program can be found
here. For more info on the application procedure check the
New ITP assistant
professor: Enrico Pajer
September, the ITP is again joined by a new assistant professor: Dr.
Enrico Pajer. He has been
apppointed as part of the D-ITP Gravitation Program. His research
interests include cosmology, string theory, particle physics and their
Rubicon grant and Laura Bassi Price awarded to Chiara Toldo
Chiara Toldo has received a NWO Rubicon grant for her research proposal "Black holes through the magnifying
glass". The grant allows her to investigate the liquid-glass structure of the black
hole event horizon and shed light on the microscopic components of
black holes in the research group of Prof. F. Denef at Columbia University (NYC).
In addition she has been awarded the Italian society
of Physics Laura Bassi Price for young researchers. Chiara
obtained her PhD at the ITP in June 2014, supervised by Stefan Vandoren.
Prof.dr. Paul van der Schoot re-appointed by Stichting Lorentzfonds
The appointment of Prof. Dr. P.A.M.M. van der Schoot to the adjunct chair “Theoretical Physics” at the ITF by the
has been renewed starting July 1st 2015. This chair was created by
the Stichting Lorentzfonds to promote Theoretical Physics in the
Science and Technology Student Award for ITP BSc student Pieter-Bart
Pieter-Bart Peters, bachelor student in Chemistry, Physics and
Mathematics, has won the Science and Technology Student Award of Utrecht
University, TU Eindhoven and UMC Utrecht. His research proposal "Blue
Energy", supervised by professor René van Roij, was praised by the jury
for its innovative and technically challenging qualities. More info
Title of Knight in the Order of the Netherlands
Lion awarded to Bernard de Wit
Because of his outstanding achievements as a
scientist and administrator professor Bernard de Wit has been awarded
the title of Knight of the Order of the Dutch Lion. De Wit is recognized
worldwide as one of the leading researchers in the field of supergravity
and black holes. He also held important administrative positions both
nationally and internationally, and continues to be an inspiration and
example for young scientists and students. More info
Foundations of Complex Systems
chosen as new UU focus area
The ITP will take a leading role in shaping the new
Utrecht University focus area "Foundations of Complex Systems" that will
connect scientists from different fields such as Theoretical Physics,
mathematics and Epidemiology to study the behaviour of complex systems
in nature. UU focus areas are chosen to encourage interdisciplinarity
and innovation. More info
New ITP assistant
professor: Lars Fritz
Starting November 2013, the ITP is again joined by a new assistant professor: Dr. Lars Fritz. He has been apppointed as part of the
D-ITP Gravitation Program;. His research interests range from zero to
three dimensional (strongly correlated) electronic and bosonic systems.
More specifically, he is interested in quantum impurity problems,
transport properties of critical systems, (frustrated) spin systems,
ultracold atomic systems, and systems with topological order.
New ITP assistant
professor: Dirk Schuricht
October 2013, a new assistant professor has joined the ITP. Dr. Dirk Schuricht, who has been appointed as part of the Sectorplan,
works in theoretical condensed matter physics.
His line of research deals with strongly correlated quantum systems in
low dimensions, e.g. quantum wires, carbon nanotubes, quantum impurities
or quantum dots. Apart from this he is generally interested in the
theoretical description of low-dimensional materials and the
manifestations of many-body phenomena in experimental probes,
in both the development of theoretical methods
and their applications.
wins Vito Volterra prize
Sfondrini has been awarded the Vito Volterra prize for young researchers
by the Italian Physical Society (SIF) during the opening ceremony of the
annual SIF conference in Trieste on September 23rd 2013.
The prize is awarded yearly in memory of the mathematician and
physicist Vito Volterra (1860-1940), who was among the founders of the
Italian Physical Society.
Alessandro, who is a doctoral candidate
at the Institute for Theoretical Physics in Utrecht, has received the
prize for his research activity in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics,
and in particular for his work on integrable structures in the AdS/CFT
correspondence under the supervision of prof.dr. Gleb Arutyunov.
It is with sadness that we announce the death of Nico
van Kampen (22/06/1921 - 6/10/2013), emeritus professor in Theoretical
Physics. Nico van Kampen studied physics at
University, where he earned his PhD in 1952 under professor
Kramers. In 1955 he joined the Institute for Theoretical Physics in
Utrecht, where he later became a professor until his retirement. The
monograph Stochastic processes in physics and chemistry (1981)
by Nico van Kampen is considered a classic.
Nico van Kampen lived for science and remained very active after his
retirement. He is a towering figure in the history of the ITP and Dutch
physics in general. He will be missed.
Dion Hartmann has won the Science and Technology
Student Award for his proposal to do bachelor research in spintronics.
This award is given in the context of the Utrecht-Eindhoven strategic
alliance. Dion will do research under supervision of Dr. Rembert Duine
at the ITP, in close interaction with experimental research to be
carried out in the Physics of Nanostructures group and the TU Eindhoven.
An NWO Vidi Grant has been awarded to
Umut Gürsoy for his proposal "Wisdom of Black Holes" More info
René van Roij appointed Professor in Soft-Matter Theory
van Roij, who has been a member of the ITP since 1999, has been
appointed to the new Soft-Matter Theory chair at the ITP.
18,3 mln Gravitation Grant
awarded to ITP and partners
The Dutch ministry of Education, Culture and Science has awarded a
18,3 mln to the
Delta-Institute for Theoretical Physics: Matter at all Scales
proposal as part of the NWO Gravitation Programme. This is a new government program
to boost consortia with an excellent scientific research programme that
has the potential to make a substantial scientific contribution at the
highest international level. The grant will allow theoretical physicists
from Utrecht University, the University of Leiden and the University of
Amsterdam to collaborate in the new Delta-Institute for Theoretical
Physics. More info (in Dutch) at
the Science Faculty website and
the UU website.
Dutch Minister for Education, Culture and Science Jet Bussemaker
presents the Gravitation award to key scientists of the Delta-ITP. From
left to right: Jan de Boer, Henk Stoof, Jet Bussemaker, Erik Verlinde,
Gerard 't Hooft, Carlo Beenakker and Koenraad Schalm.
NTvN prize for Jildou
Jildou Baarsma was awarded the 3rd prize in the nineteenth NTvN
competition for Ph.D. students and recently-graduated Postdocs. Her
winning article on Inhomogeneous Superfluids will be published in the april
edition of the Dutch Journal of Physics and the award ceremony will take
place at Fysica 2013, April 19 2013 in Delft.
New ITP assistant
professor: Umut Gürsoy
November 2012, the ITP welcomes dr. Umut Gürsoy as a new assistant professor. Dr.
Gürsoy, who was a postdoctoral researcher at the ITP from 2008 to
2010, and has been working at CERN since then, has been appointed as part of the Sectorplan.
Simone Belli wins M. Fontana
The Italian Physical Society has awarded the M. Fontana Prize for a
young Soft Matter researcher to Simone Belli, "for his contributions to
the thermodynamics of mesophases with relevant results on the effects of
size-polydispersity on boardlike particles systems". Simone published
this work as
Polydispersity Stabilizes Biaxial Nematic Liquid Crystals, S. Belli,
A. Patti, M. Dijkstra, and R. van Roij, Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 148303
(2011). More info (in Dutch)
NWO Rubicon grant awarded to
Maarten van de Meent
Maarten van de Meent, former ITP PhD-student with Gerard 't Hooft, was
awarded an NWO Rubicon grant. This grant allows him to spend two years
at the General Relativity Group at the University of Southampton working
with Leor Barack on the topic of black holes. More info at the
New ITP parttime assistant
professor: Debabrata Panja
As per June 1st 2012, the ITP welcomes dr. Debabrata Panja as a new
parttime assistant professor. Dr. Panja has been appointed to reïnforce
research into Soft Condensed Matter, as part of the Sectorplan. Dr.
Panja, who is also a research scientist at Akzo-Nobel Sassenheim, has a
field of interest that includes, among other things, polymers and
Gleb Arutyunov appointed to
professor in Exactly Solvable Models in Quantum Field and String Theory
As per June 1st 2012, Gleb Arutyunov has been appointed to the chair in
Exactly Solvable Models in Quantum Field and String Theory at the ITP.
Niels Boon wins Molecular
Physics Longuet-Higgins Young Author's Prize
Niels Boon has been chosen as the winner of the
Molecular Physics Longuet-Higgins Young Author's Prize for 2011.
From a large number of nominations, the panel of Editors chose his paper
energy’ from ion adsorption and electrode charging in sea and river
water’, as the winning entry.
Stoof and colleagues observe
preformed electron-hole Cooper pairs
Henk Stoof, Marijn Versteegh, Arjon van Lange, and Jaap Dijkhuis report
the observation of preformed electron-hole Cooper pairs in a
semiconductor in a
new article in
Physical Review B. More info in an
article on the FOM website.
Stefan Vandoren appointed to
professor in String Theory and new ITP scientific director
As per May 1st 2012, Stefan Vandoren has been appointed to professor in
String Theory at the ITP. Starting the same date, he is also the new ITP scientific
Vici-grant awarded to René van Roij
A NWO Vici Grant has been awarded to René van Roij. More info
at the NWO
Veni-grant awarded to Wessel Valkenburg
Dr. Wessel Valkenburg, a former ITP master student, who wrote his Master
Thesis under supervision of Tomislav Prokopec, was awarded an NWO Veni
grant for his proposal "Het universum: je weet niet wat je ziet!". More
information (in Dutch) can be found at the
UU websites. Dr. Valkenburg is currently working as a postdoctoral
researcher at the
Liquid Matter Conference 2011 poster prize for Niels Boon
“Blue energy” from ion adsorption and electrode charging in sea- and
river water by
and co-authored by René van Roij, was chosen out of 800 entries as one
three poster prize winners at the
2011 Liquid Matter
Paul van der Schoot nominated for Huibregtsen
Paul van der Schoot and his colleague Prof. Cor Koning
(TUe) have been nominated for the
Award for their research project "Replacement
for a rare metal with an extra bonus". The award ceremony will be
held at the 12th Science
and Society Night on November 7.
Renate Loll appointed as
new ITP scientific director
Succeeding Henk Stoof as ITP Scientific Director, Renate Loll has been
appointed as per September 1st.
Henk Stoof succeeds Ieke
Moerdijk as Vice-Dean of Research
As per September 1st Henk Stoof has been appointed Vice-Dean of
Research of the Science Faculty, succeeding Ieke Moerdijk, who seized the
opportunity to start his own research group in Nijmegen with both hands.
Read an interview with the new vice-dean
here (in Dutch.)
Prof. Bob Evans to teach 2011
Kramers course on Density Functional Theory: Classical and Quantum
Professor Bob Evans (Bristol) has been appointed as ITP
Kramers Professor for the period September-December 2011. During his stay at the ITP he
will teach a course on the subject of
Theory: Classical and Quantum.
Gerard 't Hooft appointed as
As per July 1st 2011 Gerard 't Hooft has been
Distinguished Professor by the Executive Board of Utrecht University.
Paul van der
Schoot in Nature Nanotechnology
Controlling Electrical Percolation in Multi-Component Carbon Nanotube
Dispersions by Paul van der Schoot et al. was published in
Nature Nanotechnology on April 10 2011. Read the
press report here.
Golden Year for Theoretical
2010 turned out to be a Golden Year for the Institute for Theoretical
Physics, whose members have been able to attract in excess of 6
Mio € of external research grants from NWO, FOM and the ERC,
highlighting the continued appreciation for the ITP's program of
innovative, fundamental research.
In conjunction with the upcoming new professorships made available
through the national Sector Plan Physics and Chemistry, this will
provide new and exciting opportunities for research, teaching and
outreach in the years ahead.
Lomonosov Large Gold Medal awarded
Gerard 't Hooft
The Russian Academy of Sciences has awarded
Gold Medals to Gerard 't Hooft and Spartak Beliayev. The Lomonosov
Large Gold Medal, - the top award of the Russian Academy of Sciences,
was instituted in 1956. Two medals are awarded every year, one to a
Russian researcher, and the other one, to a foreign scientist.
Shell awards stipends to ITF Master
This year's award ceremony for top masters
students in Theoretical Physics took place on Dec 8 at the new Shell
Technology Centre in Amsterdam. As a reward for their excellent
performance, eleven students nationwide, among them ITP's Ivano Lodato,
Misha Veldhoen, Yang Lu and Wilke van der Schee, received a stipend
worth €2000,- each from the hands of Shell Chief Scientist Dr. Dirk Smit.
In his speech, Smit highlighted the future career possibilities Shell
offers to highly skilled PhD students trained in Theoretical Physics,
and his company's stake in the continued excellence of their education.
The award forms part of a joint initiative with the Landelijke
Onderzoekschool Theoretische Natuurkunde (LOTN), whose Scientific
Director Prof. Renate Loll of the ITP also spoke at the event.
NWO Veni grant awarded to
Igor Khavkine, who has been working at the ITP as a postdoc since
January 2009, has been awarded a three year Veni-grant by NWO, for his
proposal What is quantum space-time geometry?
Prof. Morais Smith
new fellow UCU
Morais Smith was appointed the
new Fellow to represent Math and Physics from the Science
Faculty in the University College and therefore addresses all staff
members in the entire Physics & Astronomy Department and Mathematics
NWO Veni grant awarded to
Nabamita Banerjee has been awarded a three year Veni-grant
by NWO. Nabamita, who currently works at the ITP as a postdoc, will start her Veni project
Black Holes - Fundamentals and Applications at the ITP
in september 2010.
on Gerard 't Hooft at Utrecht University Museum
The University Museum is hosting an
Gerard 't Hooft and topics in theoretical physics, from April 24th
2010 until May 8th 2011.
Projectruimte 2009 grants awarded to ITP members
In addition to Bernard de Wit's project Statistical versus
thermodynamic black hole entropy, which was awarded in December 2009,
the FOM Projectruimte proposals Spin drag in Bose gases, by Peter
van der Straten, Rembert Duine and Henk Stoof, and
Ironing out the quantum wrinkles of spacetime, by Renate Loll
have been granted by FOM. More info
ERC Advanced Grant awarded to Bernard de Wit
The European Research Council has awarded an advanced Research Grant
Bernard de Wit for his proposal "Supersymmetry: a window to
non-perturbative physics". Under the EU's 7th Research Framework
Programme, the ERC supports projects aiming at making important
discoveries in any domain. More info
NWO Vici grants awarded to Gleb Arutyunov
and Stefan Vandoren
Two members of the ITP staff were awarded a NWO Vici grant
2010; Gleb Arutyunov for his proposal "IJkvelden uit kwantumsnaren", and
Stefan Vandoren for his proposal "De meetkunde van de supersnaren". NWO
Confererence in the snow
At the start of January Rembert Duine and Henk Stoof organized a
conference called "NewSpin: Spin Manipulation in Condensed Matter and
Cold Atoms" on behalf of the Institute for Theoretical Physics. In this
conference national and international experts on the subject of
Spintronics, Magnetism and Cold Atoms were brought together. This
interdisciplinary character proved succesful, judging by the many
enthusiastic responses and the large amount of participants (about 80),
who defied the snow to come to Utrecht and filled the "Planetenzaal" in
the Minnaert building to the brim. The program consisted of 20
talks by invited speakers, a
postersession and a conference dinner in
"Stadskasteel Oudaen". Because of the great succes of the conference
options for a follow-up conference are now being explored. More info
Superfluidity in the News
NWO reports on Koos Gubbels' PhD-research on Superfluidity on their
Koos Gubbels wins 2010 NTvN-award
Koos Gubbels is one of the winners of the
This annual award is given by the Dutch Magazine for Physics for the
best article by a PhD-student about his PhD-research in the field of
appears in "National Wetenschapquiz"
On December 13, prof.dr. Renate Loll appeared on Dutch public
television in one of the episodes of the "Nationale Wetenschapsquiz".
The episode is available for viewing
here. (Prof. Loll
appears at 19.19 min.)
NWO Veni grant awarded to Shun-Pei Miao
Shun-Pei Miao has been awarded a three year
by NWO, for her proposal "Exploring Quantum Effects from Inflation."
Shun-Pei, who currently works at the CECS
institute in Chili, is expected to start her Veni project at the ITP
in september 2010.
ITP Master student
Bas Fagginger Auer wins NWO GQT student prize
The 2008/2009 GQT student prize
for the NWO-Research cluster Geometry and Quantum Theory has been
awarded to former ITP master student Bas Fagginger Auer for his Master
"Spatially homogeneous universes" supervised by R. Loll.
"Spin Drag in Noncondensed Bose
Gases" by Rembert Duine and Henk Stoof discussed in Viewpoint Commentary
The paper "Spin Drag in Noncondensed Bose Gases" by R.A. Duine and
H.T.C. Stoof was published in Physical Review Letters 103, 170401
(2009), and also selected as Editor's Suggestion and discussed in a
More info can be found
Prof.dr. Renate Loll appointed as Perimeter Institute Distinguished
The Perimeter Institute, based in Canada, has appointed Renate Loll
Distinguished Research Chair.
Perimeter Institute Distinguished Research Chairs spend
extended research visits at Perimeter each year, becoming part of
Perimeter’s scientific community while retaining permanent positions at
their home institutions.
Shell Stipends awarded to three
ITF Master students
Marcin Dukalski, Stijn van Tongeren and Chris Wever have been awarded
Shell Stipends for Theoretical Physics. With these
stipends, worth € 2000,-, and awarded each year to the best master
students in theoretical physics, Shell intends to draw attention to
future career possibilities for graduates in international companies
such as Shell. All three students currently hold PhD positions, Stijn
and Chris at the ITF and Marcin at the TU Delft.
Prof.dr. Paul van der Schoot
appointed by Stichting Lorentzfonds
Prof. Dr. P.A.M.M. van der Schoot has been
appointed to the adjunct chair “Theoretical Physics” at the ITF by the
Stichting Lorentzfonds starting July 1st 2009. This chair was created by
the Stichting Lorentzfonds to promote Theoretical Physics in the
Dr. Paul van der Schoot works at the
Theory of Polymers and Soft Matter
Group at the Faculty of Technical Physics at Eindhoven University.
He is a theoretician with a broad interest and a strong background in
statistical fysics, fysical chemistry and biofysics. He specializes in
the application of statistical theory to chemically complex soft and
biomatter. Among other things, Prof. Van der Schoot will be teaching
extracurricular classes on the topics of self-organization of
macromolecules and viruses.
Utrecht-Asia Visiting Professorships Grant
2009 awarded to proposal by prof.dr. Eric Laenen
Prof.dr. Eric Laenen has been awarded the
Utrecht-Asia Visiting Professorships grant 2009 for his proposal to
bring prof.dr. Rohini M. Godbole from Bangalore, India to Utrecht
University. This means prof.dr. Godbole will come to Utrecht in 2010 as
a visiting professor to contribute to the post-graduate research and
teaching of the ITF by giving lectures and/or masterclasses.
Gleb Arutyunov wins Journal of
Physics A Best Paper Prize 2009
off-shell symmetry algebra of the light-cone AdS5 × S5 superstring,
by Gleb Arutyunov,
Sergey Frolov, Jan Plefka and Marija Zamaklar
has won the 2009 Journal of Physics A Best Paper Prize.
Papers were assessed by the criteria of novelty, achievement, potential
impact and presentation.
University day 28 March 2009
Prof. Bernard de Wit and prof. Thomas Peitzmann (Subatomic Physics UU)
will deliver the morning presentation at the
Utrecht University day
particle physics and the LHC. More information can
ITP staff participates in new FOM programs
Dr. Rene van Roij and Dr. Rembert Duine participate in FOM
programs that were granted recently. Van Roij takes part in the program
"Control over functional nanoparticle solids" led by Prof. Van Blaaderen
(Utrecht). Duine is part of the consortium led by Prof. Rasing
(Nijmegen) that aims at "Controlling spin dynamics in magnetic
nanostructures". More information can be found
FOM Raad van Bestuur
Prof. Renate Loll has been appointed as of 1 March 2009 as
member of the FOM Raad van Bestuur.
Descartes-Huygens award for dr. Stefan
- 2 December 2008
Stefan Vandoren has been awarded the Descartes-Huygens award. This award enables him to conduct research for 6 months in France.
prof. Henk van Beijeren
- 12 November 2008
Prof. Henk van Beijeren has been awarded the
Humboldt-Forschungs award for his achievements in physics research
and education. This award will enable him
to conduct research at a German institution for one year.
Shell stipendia for nine dutch Master students
- 22 October 2008
On Thursday, 16 October 2008 four ITP
students (Ted van der Aalst, Wouter Beugeling, Kiril
Hristov and Martijn Mink - not on picture) received a stipendium from Shell.
More info can be found
Daniele Oriti receives Sofja Kovalevskaja Award
- 13 October 2008
Daniele Oriti has been awarded the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award 2008 for his
poject 'Quantising gravity: new insights into the fundamental nature of
space and time and the early universe'. With this award he can build up
his own research group at MPI, Potsdam. More information can be found
Symposium in honour of Henk van Beijeren -
On 28 November a symposium 'Statistical Physics out of Equilibrium' will be held in honour of Prof.dr.
Henk van Beijeren. More information (program and registration) can be found
Microscopic models of quantum spacetime
- 11 September 2008
From 15 - 19 September the informal workshop Microscopic models of quantum spacetime
will be held at the ITP Utrecht.
ITP Summerschool 2008
- 18 August 2008
The ITP Summerschool will be held from 18 - 29 August 2008. More
information can be found
Workshop IGST 11 - 15 August 2008
From 11 - 15 August 2008 the workshop 'Integrability in Gauge and String
Theory' was held in Utrecht. More information can be found on the
FOM Projectruimte for three ITP proposals
- 19 June 2008
FOM has granted three Projectruimte-proposals to ITP staffmembers:
Prof.dr. Renate Loll: 'A reality check for quantum cosmology'
- Prof.dr. Henk
Stoof: 'Ultracold Fermi gases and neutron stars'
- dr. Rene van
Roij (together with
Marjolein Dijkstra of the
'Do smectic nuclei exist?'.
In 2007 one FOM-projectruimte proposal was granted to ITP staff;
Tomislav Prokopec: 'What curves the space-time at large scales? The
quest for the origin of dark energy of the universe'
More information can be found on the
website of FOM.
ITP rides the lightning
- July 2008
here (in dutch).
ERC grant for Rembert Duine
- 30 May 2008
has been awarded a Starting Grant by the
Council (ERC) for his proposal 'New Frontiers in Spintronics'.
Symposium in honour of Prof. Jan Smit
- 10 April 2008
Visit Prof. A.H. MacDonald
- 19 February 2008
In April 2008 Prof. A.H. MacDonald (UT Austin) will visit the
Institute for Theoretical Physics as Kramers professor. Prof.
MacDonald's expertise is condensed-matter theory. He is famous for his
work on the Quantum Hall Effect, for which he received the 2007 Buckley
prize of the American Physical Society. His lectures will be part of the
Master Course Quantum Fields in Condensed Matter (NS-TP528M)
on the topic of Quantum Hall Bilayers and Exciton Condensation.
Complementary lectures will be given by R.A. Duine, H.T.C. Stoof, and C.
de Morais Smith. For more information see: