C. (Kees) Storm


  • Rondom 1, La Place

    1234 GV Eindhoven


  • 2885 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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Research Output

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.

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  • 93 Citations (Scopus)

    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 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
    25 Citations (Scopus)
    108 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.

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    Open Access
  • 9 Citations (Scopus)
    29 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

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    Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    105 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

    971 Citations (Scopus)
    4 Downloads (Pure)


    Press / Media

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    1 Media contribution

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    Student theses

    An analytical approach to the solution of a model for one-dimensional persistence-driven durotaxis

    Author: Tumelaire, J., 2020

    Supervisor: Storm, C. (. (Supervisor 1), van der Schoot, P. P. (Supervisor 1) & Fai, T. (External person) (External coach)

    Student thesis: Master


    Collective cell dynamics in cancer metastatsis

    Author: Debets, V. E., 2019

    Supervisor: Storm, C. (. (Supervisor 1), Janssen, L. M. (Supervisor 2) & Saric, A. (External person) (External coach)

    Student thesis: Master


    Deep learning the assembly parameters of growing cytoskeletal networks

    Author: Kros, M. F., 2019

    Supervisor: Storm, C. (. (Supervisor 1)

    Student thesis: Bachelor


    Dynamic Landau theory for electrically-responsive liquid crystal networks

    Author: Kusters, G., 2020

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

    Student thesis: Master