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“Non-Equilibrium Soft Matter research is fascinating as it allows us to discover completely new areas of physics that represent a departure from classical statistical mechanics and thermodynamics. Applications range from creating self-healing plastics to cancer research to revolutionizing computer memory storage.”

Research profile

Liesbeth’s research describes materials that are far from thermodynamic equilibrium, ranging from non-crystalline polymers and colloidal glasses to living cell models. The Non-Equilibrium Soft Matter group studies the structural, dynamical, and mechanical properties of such materials using a combination of statistical-mechanical theory, analytical modeling, and computer simulations. This research provides new insights into the relation between the microscopic structure and the emergent dynamics of soft and living matter, and may lead to, for example, smart materials that are capable of adapting to their surroundings.

There are three key research areas: glass formation, which looks at amorphous non-crystalline solids, covering a wide range of substances, from gels to granular materials. The second area is active materials, which are composed of particles that can convert energy into autonomous motion. This requires development of new statistical physics. Potential applications range from bio-sensing to targeted drug delivery. The third area, bio-inspired and living materials, combines elements of the previous two. Studying the physical principles underlying responsive behavior in living systems may result in design and control of bio-inspired and smart materials.

Academic background

In 2012, Liesbeth received her PhD in Theoretical Chemistry (cum laude) from Radboud University Nijmegen, where she also received her MSc in Chemistry (summa cum laude) in 2008. She has previously worked in the field of molecular quantum physics, focusing on quantum-mechanical first-principles treatments of molecular photodissociation, scattering processes in an external field, and ultracold controlled chemistry. Following postdoctoral stays at Columbia University, New York and Heinrich-Heine University Duesseldorf, for which she received funding through the Rubicon, Niels Stensen, and Alexander von Humboldt fellowships, she joined Eindhoven University of Technology in 2017.

Affiliated with

· DESY, Hamburg (Mildred Dresselhaus Guest Professorship)

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Mode Coupling Theory Mathematics
Glass Transition Mathematics
collisions Physics & Astronomy
glass Physics & Astronomy
coupled modes Physics & Astronomy
Potential energy surfaces Chemical Compounds
evaporative cooling Physics & Astronomy
cross sections Physics & Astronomy

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Research Output 2007 2019

  • 380 Citations
  • 23 Article
  • 2 Review article
  • 1 Comment/Letter to the editor
  • 1 Phd Thesis 4 Research NOT TU/e / Graduation NOT TU/e)
18 Citations (Scopus)
37 Downloads (Pure)

Microscopic dynamics of supercooled liquids from first principles

Janssen, L. M. C. & Reichman, D. R., 9 Nov 2015, In : Physical Review Letters. 115, 20, 5 p., 205701.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
condensed matter physics
20 Citations (Scopus)
84 Downloads (Pure)

Aging and rejuvenation of active matter under topological constraints

Janssen, L. M. C., Kaiser, A. & Löwen, H. W., 18 Jul 2017, In : Scientific Reports. 7, 1, 13 p., 5667.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
40 Citations (Scopus)

Directly probing anisotropy in atom-molecule collisions through quantum scattering resonances

Klein, A., Shagam, Y., Skomorowski, W., Zuchowski, P. S., Pawlak, M., Janssen, L. M. C., Moiseyev, N. G., van de Meerakker, S. Y. T., van der Avoird, A., Koch, C. P. & Narevicius, E., 5 Jan 2017, In : Nature Physics. 13, 1, p. 35-38 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
resonance scattering
79 Citations (Scopus)

Quantum-state resolved bimolecular collisions of velocity-controlled OH with NO radicals

Kirste, M., Wang, X., Schewe, H. C., Meijer, G., Liu, K., van der Avoird, A., Janssen, L. M. C., Gubbels, K. B., Groenenboom, G. C. & van de Meerakker, S. Y. T., 23 Nov 2012, In : Science. 338, 6110, p. 1060-1063 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Static Electricity
Hydroxyl Radical
Nitric Oxide

Active glasses

Janssen, L. M. C., 30 Sep 2019, In : Journal of Physics Condensed Matter. 31, 50, 21 p., 503002.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleAcademicpeer-review

Aging of materials
Computer simulation


NWO START-UP Award : Understanding asthma by studying glass

L.M.C. Janssen (Recipient), 2018

Prize: NWOSTART-UPScientific

human body
liquid phases


Biomolecules and soft matter

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Student theses

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


Mathematical analysis of generalized mode-coupling theory and numerical exploration of super-strong glass formation

Author: Biezemans, R. A., 9 Jul 2018

Supervisor: Baumeier, B. (Supervisor 1), Iapichino, L. (Supervisor 2), Caylak, O. (Supervisor 2), Janssen, L. (Supervisor 2) & Ciarella, S. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Bachelor


The mean field limit of active matter in arbitrary dimensions

Author: Grillo, M., 28 Jun 2019

Supervisor: Tse, O. (Supervisor 1), Janssen, L. (Supervisor 1) & van der Schoot, P. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Bachelor


The physics of collective cell motion: structure, jamming and alignment

Author: Valk, M., 2018

Supervisor: Janssen, L. M. (Supervisor 1) & Butler, J. P. (External person) (External coach)

Student thesis: Master