The PhD Committee of the Debye Institute (Debye Aio Commissie, DAC) represents and attends the interests of the PhD students and Post Docs working within the institute. Its main goal is two-fold:

  1. To provide information about issues that concern PhD students within the institute
  2. To be a source of cohesion for the PhD students who work in the different sections of the institute.

In order to achieve these goals, the DAC was established by the general board of the Debye institute in 1994. In principle, every group within the institute is represented by one member. Representatives of the PhD committee regularly meet with the general board of the institute and, if appropriate, with the general boards of the departments of Chemistry and Physics & Astronomy:

Condensed Matter and Interfaces

Annelies van der Bok

Physical and Colloid Chemistry

Fuqiang Chan

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis

Nynke Krans, Suzanne Verkleij

Organic Chemistry and Catalysis

Emily Monkcom


Marcel Scholten

Soft Condensed Matter & Biophysics

Douglas Hayden

Each year, the DAC publishes the Postgraduate Research Projects booklet, containing short descriptions of all postgraduate research in the Debye Institute.