René van Roij appointed as Professor of Soft Matter Theory

The Executive Board has appointed Dr. René van Roij as Professor of Soft Matter Theory at the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Institute for Theoretical Physics. In his work, van Roij links the theory of soft condensed matter to experimental physics and chemistry.  He has been working on the generation of energy from fresh river water flowing into the sea. His appointment signifies a strengthening of the faculty's focus on Sustainability.

Van Roij (44) graduated cum laude from Utrecht University in Theoretical Physics and also obtained his doctorate degree for research performed at the FOM Institute AMOLF. After a post-doctoral position in Lyon and a Marie Curie Research Fellowship in Bristol, he returned to Utrecht in 1999 in a FOM-Springplank position, after which he became a University Lecturer and a Senior University Lecturer. In 2011, he was awarded a Vici grant.

Linking pin

Within the Institute for Theoretical Physics, Van Roij developed a new research line in the interface of theory of soft condensed matter and experimental Physics and Chemistry. This has made him into a linking pin between the Institute for Theoretical Physics and the experimental physicists and physical chemists of the Debye Institute for Nanomaterials.

Lecturer of the year

Students of the Department of Physics and Chemistry elected him Lecturer of the Year twice. Van Roij is also Programme Leader of the Master's programme of Theoretical Physics.