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Niels Vonk is a PhD. candidate in the Mechanics of Materials group at TU/e. His current research focuses on understanding the physics behind the hygro-expansion of paper at different length-scales: single fibers, inter-fiber bonds, sparse networks, and sheets. Niels Vonk combines high-resolution observation techniques such as Light Microscopy, Optical Height Profilometry and Computed Tomography with dedicated Digital Image Correlation algorithms to understand the occurring hygroscopic phenomena at all length-scales.

Academic background

During his masters, Niels Vonk did an internship at MIT (Cambridge, USA) where he, under supervision of Cem Tasan, developed a device which allows multi-axial testing of thin sheet steel with high-quality Scanning Electron Microscopy characterization. Afterwards, he finished his master project on the development of a novel multi-purpose device for in-situ X-ray Computed Tomography testing, resulting in him obtaining the master's degree (Cum Laude).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


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