C. (Kees) Storm


  • Rondom 1, La Place

    1234 GV Eindhoven


  • 2763 Citations
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Personal profile


"Living biological materials are very special. They last for a lifetime, literally, through constant renewal and self-repair. They provide tremendous inspiration for new materials design."

Research profile

Kees Storm leads the Theory of Polymers and Soft Matter group where the focus is on mechanical properties of biological soft matter: proteins, polymers, membranes, fibrous networks and, ultimately, tissues. The research focuses on their microstructure in relation to their behaviour. Through 'reverse engineering', mimicking Nature's design, Storm aims to design new materials with new, unexpected and lifelike properties using synthetic non-living building blocks.

In Storm's research multiscale modeling is crucial since phenomena in biological materials generally span multiple scales - both spatial and temporal. His group tries to cover the essential physics at each of these scales, with particular attention to tying them together into a single, coherent multiscale scheme. Topics in the program run the range from single motors and protein polymers all the way to tissue-scale finite element studies.

Academic background

Cornelis (Kees) Storm obtained his master's degree in Theoretical Physics at Leiden University and earned his PhD in 2001 under supervision of Prof. Wim van Saarloos. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia), Institut Curie (Paris), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Leiden University. In 2007 Storm was appointed Assistant Professor at TU/e (department of Applied Physics and the Institute for Complex Molecular Systems). He received tenure in 2009 and became Associate Professor in 2015. In the second half of that year he was a visiting professor at Harvard University's John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Since October 2017 Storm is Full Professor at TU/e, leading the Theory of Polymers and Soft Matter group. 

Affiliated with

· Institute for Complex Molecular Systems

· Eindhoven Polymer Laboratories

· Eindhoven Multiscale Institute

Partners in (semi-)industry 

· Unilever

· DSM/Sabic


External positions

Visiting Professor, Harvard University

Aug 2015Jan 2016

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Dendritic Spines Medicine & Life Sciences
polymers Physics & Astronomy
biopolymers Physics & Astronomy
Spine Medicine & Life Sciences
Focal Adhesions Medicine & Life Sciences
Polymers Mathematics
rigidity Physics & Astronomy
membranes Physics & Astronomy

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Research Output 1999 2019

65 Citations (Scopus)

Mechanoreciprocity in cell migration

van Helvert, S., Storm, C. & Friedl, P., 1 Jan 2018, In : Nature Cell Biology. 20, 1, p. 8-20 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Cell Movement
Protein Unfolding
Cell Communication
Extracellular Matrix
20 Citations (Scopus)
97 Downloads (Pure)

Strain stiffening hydrogels through self-assembly and covalent fixation of semi-flexible fibers

Fernandez-Castano Romera, M., Lafleur, R. P. M., Guibert, C., Voets, I. K., Storm, K. & Sijbesma, R. P., 17 Jul 2017, In : Angewandte Chemie - International Edition. 56, 30, p. 8771-8775

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
6 Citations (Scopus)
21 Downloads (Pure)

Hyperstretching DNA

Schakenraad, K., Biebricher, A. S., Sebregts, M., ten Bensel, B., Peterman, E. J. G., Wuite, G. J. L., Heller, I., Storm, C. & van der Schoot, P. A. M., 1 Dec 2017, In : Nature Communications. 8, 2197, 7 p., 2197.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
deoxyribonucleic acid
B-Form DNA
Drug therapy
Statistical Models
3 Citations (Scopus)
95 Downloads (Pure)

Single-bond association kinetics determined by tethered particle motion: concept and simulations

Merkus, K. E., Prins, M. W. J. & Storm, C., 18 Oct 2016, In : Biophysical Journal. 111, 8, p. 1612–1620

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Molecular Dynamics Simulation
single bond
Hot Temperature
939 Citations (Scopus)
4 Downloads (Pure)

Nonlinear elasticity in biological gels

Storm, C., Pastore, J. J., MacKintosh, F. C., Lubensky, T. C. & Janmey, P. A., 2005, In : Nature. 435, p. 191-194 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review


Press / Media

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1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Student theses

Forced transport of vesicles through narrow constrictions

Author: Tumelaire, J., 2015

Supervisor: Kusters, R. (Supervisor 1) & Storm, C. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Bachelor


Kinetics of intracellular vesicle transport through narrow necks

Author: van der Heijden, T., 2013

Supervisor: Kusters, R. (Supervisor 1) & Storm, C. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Bachelor


Marangoni driven instabillities in the formation of membrane tubes

Author: Vermeulen, M., 31 Mar 2014

Supervisor: Storm, C. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master


Modeling strained 2D biopolymer networks: influence of passive remodeling on tissue architecture

Author: Larue, R., 31 Jan 2014

Supervisor: Bouten, C. (Supervisor 1) & Storm, C. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Modeling the effect of intercalative particle binding on the overstretching transition of double-stranded DNA

Author: Schakenraad, K., 30 Nov 2014

Supervisor: Storm, C. (Supervisor 1) & van der Schoot, P. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master