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“It is important to use experiments as the starting point for theory development. My research is not for the sake of theory itself, but for understanding real life problems and solving them.”

Research profile

Paul van der Schoot is a soft matter theorist in the research group Theory of Polymers and Soft Matter. He is working on the boundary between physics, chemistry, biology and nanoscience. His research includes the application of statistical mechanical theory to problems in soft biological matter and in nanoscience and technology, and the description and interpretation of experiments in these fields. Application areas are, among others, synthetic and natural supramolecular assemblies, liquid crystals, proteins, polymers and colloidal particles. Although predominantly focused on theory development, his research has led to three granted patents. Van der Schoot has been active in the field of theoretical virus physics for over ten years. He has, based on experimental data, developed formal models describing the design principles and self-assembly behaviour of virus proteins. He was one of the principal investigators of a large interacademic Dutch research project leading to the development of a synthetic virus for controlled drug delivery, and is part of a large EU-funded international research and training consortium Distruc

Academic background

Paul van der Schoot obtained his master's degree in Molecular Life Sciences at Wageningen University in 1987. He obtained his PhD in the field of Theoretical Physical Chemistry in 1992 at Delft University of Technology, under supervision of Prof. Theo Odijk. Van der Schoot held postdoctoral research positions in the Theory of Condensed Matter group at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge, the Max Planck Institute for Colloids and Interfaces near Berlin, and the Van ’t Hoff Laboratory in Utrecht. From 1999 until 2009 he was assistant professor at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). In 2009 and 2010 he was visiting professor at UPMC Paris and CRPP/Université de Bordeaux I, respectively, and visiting scholar at UCLA in 2004, 2005 and 2008, the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics in 2006 and 2011, TU Berlin in 2015, and the Aspen Institute for Physics in 2015. Since 2009 Van der Schoot is (part-time) Lorentz professor of Theoretical Physics at the Institute for Theoretical Physics of Utrecht University by endowment of the Leiden University Fund. Since 2018 he holds a position as full professor at TU/e with the research group Theory of Polymers and Soft Matter.

Affiliated with

  • Eindhoven Polymer Labs
  • Dutch Research School of Theoretical Physics
  • Dutch Graduate School of Polymer Science and Technology PTN

Partners in industry

  • Unilever
  • Tejin Aramid
  • Nestlé
  • NIZO
  • ASML

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Polymers Chemical Compounds
viruses Physics & Astronomy
rods Physics & Astronomy
proteins Physics & Astronomy
Self assembly Chemical Compounds
Viruses Chemical Compounds
Capsid Proteins Chemical Compounds
self assembly Physics & Astronomy

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Research Output 1999 2019

81 Citations (Scopus)
8 Downloads (Pure)

Design and self-assembly of simple coat proteins for artificial viruses

Hernandez-Garcia, A., Kraft, D. J., Janssen, A. F. J., Bomans, P. H. H., Sommerdijk, N. A. J. M., Thies-Weesie, D. M. E., Favretto, M. E., Brock, R., De Wolf, F. A., Werten, M. W. T., Van Der Schoot, P., Stuart, M. C. & De Vries, R., 2014, In : Nature Nanotechnology. 9, 9, p. 698-702 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Capsid Proteins
Self assembly
self assembly
150 Citations (Scopus)
1 Downloads (Pure)

Controlling electrical percolation in multicomponent carbon nanotube dispersions

Kyrylyuk, A. V., Hermant, M. C., Schilling, T., Klumperman, B., Koning, C. E. & Schoot, van der, P. P. A. M., 2011, In : Nature Nanotechnology. 6, 6, p. 364-369

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

597 Citations (Scopus)
10 Downloads (Pure)

Probing the solvent-assisted nucleation pathway in chemical self-assembly

Jonkheijm, P., Schoot, van der, P. P. A. M., Schenning, A. P. H. J. & Meijer, E. W., 2006, In : Science. 313, 5783, p. 80-83 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Self assembly

"...maar werkt het ook in theorie?"

van der Schoot, P. P. A. M., 13 Dec 2019, (Accepted/In press) Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven.

Research output: Book/ReportInaugural speechAcademic

Combined force-torque spectroscopy of proteins by means of multiscale molecular simulation

van der Heijden, T. W. G., Read, D. J., Harlen, O. G., van der Schoot, P. P. A. M., Harris, S. A. & Storm, C. K., 16 Nov 2019, In : arXiv. 2019, 1910.02901, 11 p., 1910.02901v1 .

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademic

Open Access

Student theses

Accelerating the binding of microparticle-labeled biomarker proteins to a reactive surface for magnetic particle-based sensors

Author: Kuijpers, S., 31 Aug 2015

Supervisor: van der Schoot, P. (Supervisor 1) & Paquay, S. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


BTA stacking with restricted freedom

Author: Blokhuis, A., 2013

Supervisor: van der Schoot, P. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Bachelor


Cellular transport: a queueing systems analysis

Author: Jenneskens, T. C. W., 15 Aug 2018

Supervisor: Boxma, O. (Supervisor 1) & van der Schoot, P. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Bachelor


Chlamydomonas Reinhardtii: from microscopic swimming to macroscopic rheology

Author: Boesten, R., 31 Aug 2011

Supervisor: van der Schoot, P. (Supervisor 1) & Stark, H. (External person) (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Coarse-grained kinetics of activated reversible polymerisation

Author: Merkus, K., 2012

Supervisor: van der Schoot, P. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Bachelor