Roel Dullens benoemd tot hoogleraar Fysische Chemie van Zachte Materialen
Roel Dullens benoemd tot hoogleraar Fysische Chemie van Zachte Materialen

Roel Dullens awarded Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award

Roel Dullens, Professor of Physical Chemistry of Soft Matter at the Institute for Molecules and Materials (IMM) of Radboud University, has received the prestigious Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award. The award, valued at 45,000 euros, recognizes internationally renowned academics for their significant research achievements. “I am delighted and very honoured to receive this prestigious award, and I look forward to the opportunities this creates for engaging with the research community in Germany”, Dullens says.

Soft Matter as research focus

Professor Dullens’ research group, which operates at the interface of chemistry, physics, and materials science, studies soft matter systems with a particular focus on colloidal suspensions. They combine colloids with microscopy and optical manipulation techniques to address a wide range of fundamental questions in condensed matter science. Examples of such question include ‘how does a crystal melt into in liquid?’, ‘how do defects in crystals move?’ and ‘how does friction emerge at the particle scale? 

With this Award, Dullens will be able to visit various research groups and institutes throughout Germany with the aim of establishing new collaborations and conducting joint research projects. The primary host during the research stay(s) will be the group of Professor Horbach at the Heinrich-Heine University in Düsseldorf. 

Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation annually grants approximately 20 Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Awards to internationally prominent academics from abroad, acknowledging their outstanding research contributions. Award winners are also invited to conduct a research project of their choice at a research institution in Germany in cooperation with specialist colleagues there. The award is named after the esteemed German astronomer and mathematician Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel (1784–1846), the award is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. 

Contact information

Roel Dullens, Roel Dullens, roel.dullens [at]

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