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“I push the limits of sensitivity and resolution, to make the invisible visible.”

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Peter Zijlstra is an assistant professor of Molecular Plasmonics in the research group for Molecular Biosensing for Medical Diagnostics, a joint group of the TU/e departments of Applied Physics and Biomedical Engineering. He develops approaches for single-molecule sensing with the aim to study individual biomolecules in complex environments. In particular, his research focuses on single-molecule detection using plasmonic and fluorescent approaches. His research group combines concepts from single-molecule microscopy, plasmonics, and biochemistry, to study the properties and interactions of biomolecules at the single-molecule level. 

Visit the group website (www.molecular-plasmonics.nl) for more information.

Academic background

Peter Zijlstra studied Applied Physics at the University of Twente (Enschede, The Netherlands), where he obtained his MSc degree in 2005. In 2009, he received his PhD from Swinburne University of Technology (Melbourne, Australia), where he studied the photothermal properties of single plasmonic nanoparticles with applications in optical data storage. After a postdoctoral fellowship in the lab of Prof. Michel Orrit at Leiden University (The Netherlands) he moved to Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e, The Netherlands). Since 2012, he is an assistant professor, currently in the research group Molecular Biosensing for Medical Diagnostics (departments of Applied Physics and Biomedical Engineering). He is a core member of the Institute for Complex Molecular Systems at TU/e, wherein groups from different disciplines (chemistry, physics, biomedical engineering, mathematics) collaborate on multidisciplinary research topics.

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Research Output 2012 2019

  • 746 Citations
  • 21 Article
  • 9 Poster
  • 8 Conference contribution
  • 2 Chapter
12 Downloads (Pure)

A robust and general approach to quantitatively conjugate enzymes to plasmonic nanoparticles

Wang, Y., van Asdonk, K. & Zijlstra, P., 23 Sep 2019, In : Langmuir. 35, 41, p. 13356−13363 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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enzymes
Enzymes
Nanoparticles
proteins
Proteins
10 Downloads (Pure)

Effect of film thickness on the far- and near-field optical response of nanoparticle-on-film systems

Armstrong, R. E., van Liempt, J. C. & Zijlstra, P., 24 Oct 2019, In : Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 123, 42, p. 25801-25808 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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Film thickness
far fields
near fields
film thickness
Antennas
7 Citations (Scopus)
51 Downloads (Pure)

All-optical imaging of gold nanoparticle geometry using super-resolution microscopy

Taylor, A., Verhoef, R., Beuwer, M., Wang, Y. & Zijlstra, P., 1 Feb 2018, In : Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 122, 4, p. 2336-2342 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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Gold
Microscopic examination
gold
Nanoparticles
microscopy
3 Citations (Scopus)

Enhanced fluorescence of a dye on DNA-assembled gold nanodimers discriminated by lifetime correlation spectroscopy

Paulo, P. M. R., Botequim, D., Jóskowiak, A., Martins, S., Prazeres, D. M. F., Zijlstra, P. & Costa, S. M. B., 24 May 2018, In : Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 122, 20, p. 10971-10980 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Gold
Dimers
DNA
Coloring Agents
Dyes
1 Citation (Scopus)
60 Downloads (Pure)

Heterogeneous kinetics in the functionalization of single plasmonic nanoparticles

Horacek, M., Armstrong, R. E. & Zijlstra, P., 9 Jan 2018, In : Langmuir. 34, 1, p. 131-138

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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Prizes

Gold
Biochemical Phenomena
Enzymes
Nanoparticles
Research Personnel

Activities 2015 2018

  • 5 Contributed talk

Plasmon-enhanced Single-molecule Enzymology

Yuyang Wang (Speaker), P. Zijlstra (Member)
23 Jan 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

Single-molecule plasmonic sensing

Peter Zijlstra (Speaker)
28 Oct 2015

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

Single-particle and single-molecule plasmonic sensing

Peter Zijlstra (Speaker)
12 Oct 2015

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

Optical microscopy of single metal nanoparticles

Peter Zijlstra (Speaker)
20 Jul 2015

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

Optical microscopy of single metal nanoparticles

Peter Zijlstra (Speaker)
17 Jul 2015

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

Courses

Applied natural sciences formal

1/09/12 → …

Course

Electromagnetism

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Course

Experimental physics 2

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Course

Student theses

Characterizing the optical properties of gold nanoparticles

Author: Biemans, D., 2014

Supervisor: Beuwer, M. (Supervisor 1) & Zijlstra, P. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Bachelor

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Morphology of fluorescently labeled supramolecular fibers

Author: Knopper, M., 2015

Supervisor: Beuwer, M. (Supervisor 1) & Zijlstra, P. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Bachelor

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Nitrilotriacetic acid funtionized gold nanorods: a new principle for molecular biosensing

Author: Twisk, M., 25 Aug 2016

Supervisor: Brunsveld, L. (Supervisor 1), Prins, M. (Supervisor 2), Zijlstra, P. (Supervisor 2) & Schill, J. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master