Eindhoven University of Technology


The Technical University of Eindhoven (TU/e) is one of the four technical universities in the Netherlands. Over 11000 students from all over the world study in one of the 9 departments. The university is world-leading (top 10) in research collaborations with industry, contributes high-tech solutions to the sustainable development goals and offers but also to the local high-tech Brainport environment, and offers high staff-to-student ratios and an inclusive, supportive environment to guarantee optimal development and growth for all.

The group Theory of Polymers and Soft Matter (TPS) provides theoretical and modeling contributions to Vitrimat. TPS is a separate research unit within the Department of Applied Physics at the Technical University of Eindhoven (TU/e) in the Netherlands, and houses 6 permanent staff members (2 full, 1 associate, and 3 assistant professors). The group has 22 years of experience in modeling the relationship between structure, dynamics and (nonlinear) mechanics in complex functional polymer materials (biomaterials, protein polymers, synthetic rubbers and filled elastomers, active matter, fundamental elasticity theory, glassy physics and mode-coupling theory). TPS uses both analytical and computational approaches, and provides in-house state-of-the-art computational facilities as well as access to Dutch national supercomputational facilities. As a member of several national and international research and development consortia, TPS is part of an active network of academic and industrial partners (Michelin, Teijin, Oce, DSM, Sabic, Unilever).

Scientific team

Cornelis Storm


Pr. Cornelis (Kees) Storm is a theoretical physicist working in soft matter and biophysics. He received his PhD in 2001 from Leiden University, in the field of theoretical physics. After postdoctoral appointments at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, the Institut Curie in Paris, and the VU in Amsterdam he joined the faculty at the Eindhoven University of Technology in 2007. In 2017, he was appointed full professor and chair of the group Theory of Polymers and Soft Matter. His research focuses on biophysics with an emphasis on the soft matter physics of cells and tissues.

Liesbeth M. C. Janssen


Dr. Liesbeth M. C. Janssen obtained her PhD in 2012 from Radboud University Nijmegen in the field of theoretical chemistry. Following postdoctoral stays at Columbia University and Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf, she established her own group in 2017 as an Assistant Professor at Eindhoven University of Technology. Her research focuses on theory and simulation of nonequilibrium soft matter, including glass-forming materials and polymers, active matter, and glassy biological systems.

Wouter G. Ellenbroek


Dr. Wouter G. Ellenbroek obtained his Ph.D. from Leiden University in 2007, in theoretical soft matter physics. After a postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania, he moved to Eindhoven University of Technology in 2010, where he started his group on Responsive Soft Matter in 2013. The common focus of his current research is the physical background of novel developments in polymer chemistry, in particular how the architecture of polymer networks affects the relation between atom-level smart chemistry and macroscopic material properties.


Theory of Polymers and Soft Matter group, Department of Applied Physics. Eindhoven University of Technology Groene Loper 19 5612AP Eindhoven, the Netherlands - www.tue.nl/en