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Prof. Dr. Jeroen van den Brink

Institute Director

Name van den Brink, Prof. Dr. Jeroen
Department Institute for Theoretical Solid State Physics

Principle  Fields of Interests
Materials and Nano Science - Theory of Quantum Matter - Correlated Electrons Systems and Many Body Physics - Topological States of Matter - Theoretical Photon Science - Quantum Magnetism - Unconventional Superconductivity - Graphene and Van der Waals Materials - Ab Initio  Electronic Structure Theory - Curved Nano Membranes


Professional Experience
since 10/2009Director of the Institute for Theoretical Solid State Physics, IFW Dresden (Germany)
since 10/2009Professor of Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics, TU Dresden (Germany)
1/2016-5/2016Visiting Scholar, Harvard University, Cambridge (USA)
1/2009-9/2009Visiting Professor, Stanford University, Stanford (USA)
2005 - 2013Extraordinary Professor of Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics, Radboud University, Nijmegen (Netherlands) (part-time)
2002 - 2009Springplank Fellow, Instituut  Lorentz for Theoretical Physics, Leiden University (Netherlands)
1999 - 2002Associate Professor (tenured), University of Twente, Enschede, (Netherlands)
1997 - 1999Postdoc and Humboldt Fellow, Max-Planck-Institut  fu¨r Festk¨orperforschung, Stuttgart  (Germany)

Awards  and Honors
2020Van der Waals Professorial Chair, University of Amsterdam
2019Clark Way Harrison Visiting Professorship, Washington University, St. Louis (USA)
2019Highly Cited Researcher (Web of Science) – top 1% by citations in physics
2018Humboldt Research Prize, NWO (Netherlands)
2018Highly Cited Researcher (Web of Science) – top 1% by citations in physics
2017Zernike Chair, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (Netherlands)
2002Springplank Fellowship, Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (NL)
1997Humboldt Research Fellowship, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Germany)

Educational  Background
1993-1997 PhD in Physics, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (Netherlands) Supervisors: G.A. Sawatzky and D.I. Khomskii
1990Erasmus Exchange Student, Technical University Berlin (Germany)
1987-1993Diploma in Physics, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (Netherlands) Supervisor: G.A. Sawatzky

Selected Professional Advisory  Activities
since 2016Member Beamtime Allocation Panel, Advanced Light Source (ALS), Berkeley (USA)
since 2015Member of (2) Collaborative Research Center Review Committees, German Science
since 2014Member Management  Committee, COST Action  Towards Oxide-Based Electronics
2013Member of Selection Committee, Swiss Centers of Excellence,  Swiss Science Foundation
2012Member of Evaluation Committee, Gravitation  Program, Netherlands Organization
for Scientific Research (NWO)
since 2011Member of various Review Committees, European Synchrotron Radiation Facility
(ESRF), Grenoble (France)
2011-2015 Member of Executive Board, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter (UK)
2010-2015Member of International Scientific Advisory Board, National Research
Council, CNR-SPIN (Italy)
2010-2016 Member of Editorial Board, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter (UK)
since 2009Advisory Member, Computational Materials &  Chemical Sciences  Network (DOE, USA)
2008Chairman of Selection Committee, VENI Program (NWO, Netherlands)
Evaluator of Research Proposals for FOM (Netherlands), NWO (Netherlands), NSF (USA), DOE (USA), DFG (Germany), AvH (Germany), SNF (Switzerland), FWF (Austria),  GSF (Georgia), CNR (Italy),  FNRS (Belgium), NSC (Poland), European Research Council, European Commission.

> 250 published papers, of which > 72 in Physical Review Letters, > 23 in the Nature journals and in total > 15.000 citations, h-index 59.
> 110 presentations at international conferences, workshops & research schools, > 100 invited talks at universities and other research institutes.
Complete list of publications and presentations available at:

Selected publications:

  • F. Nogueira, Z. Nussinov and J. van den Brink,  Josephson currents induced by the Witten effect
    Physical Review Letters 117, 167002 (2016)
  • Z. Nussinov and J. van den Brink, Compass models: Theory and physical motivations
    Reviews of Modern Physics 87, 1 (2015)
  • B. Rasche, A. Isaeva, M. Ruck, S. Borisenko, V. Zabolotnyy, B. Bu¨chner, K. Koepernik, C. Ortix, M. Richter and J. van den Brink, Stacked topological  insulator built from bismuth-based graphene sheet analogues
    Nature Materials 12, 422 (2013)
  • J. Schlappa, K. Wohlfeld, K. Zhou, M. Mourigal, M. W. Haverkort, V. N. Strocov, L. Hozoi, C. Monney, S. Nishimoto, S. Singh, A. Revcolevschi, J.-S. Caux, L. Patthey, H. M. Ronnow, J. van den Brink and T. Schmitt, Spin-orbital separation in the quasi-one-dimensional Mott insulator SrCuO3
    Nature 485, 82 (2012)
  • G. Giovannetti, P. Khomyakov, G. Brocks, V. Karpan, J. van den Brink,  P. Kelly,  Doping graphene with contacts
    Phys. Rev. Lett.  101, 026803 (2008) (> 2000 citations)
  • G. Giovannetti, P. Khomyakov, G. Brocks, P. Kelly and J. van den Brink, Substrate-induced bandgap in graphene on hexagonal boron nitride
    Phys. Rev. B 76, 073103 (2007) (> 1000 citations)