• 1127 Citations
20042019

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“My goal is to create new materials that are just as fantastic as those developed by nature!”

Research profile

Wouter’s research group ‘Responsive Soft Matter’ focuses on physical foundations of novel high-tech materials that respond to mechanical stimuli or other changes in their environment. Taking inspiration from natural materials and processes, he unravels molecular mechanisms and develops proofs of concept in order to create new materials. To achieve this goal, he and his team are continuously developing new ways of extracting relevant information from vast data sets and developing advanced computer simulations. The group currently focuses on a number of recent advances in polymeric materials, including toughening mechanisms in elastomers and gels, stress relaxation in vitrimers, and structure-function relations in biocompatible hydrogels.

Wouter has a broad experience in soft matter physics, and always looks for ways to make connections between its subfields, be it colloids, granular media, or biological materials. He also enjoys working closely together with a variety of academic disciplines, such as chemistry, biomedical and mechanical engineering, to establish new experimental techniques and develop materials for new applications.

Academic background

Wouter Ellenbroek joined Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in October 2010 as a postdoc funded by NWO through a Veni grant. In 2013, he became Assistant Professor, and was tenured in 2016. After obtaining his MSc in Theoretical Physics from Radboud University Nijmegen in 2003, Wouter Ellenbroek obtained his PhD at Leiden University, where he studied the mechanics and statistics of granular media. During a three-year stay as a postdoc in the Soft Matter Theory group of the University of Pennsylvania, Wouter expanded his field of work to include soft matter at smaller scales, particularly colloids, lipids and polymers. Here, he was awarded the Herbert Callen Memorial Prize in 2010.

Affiliated with

  • TU/e, Department of Applied Physics
  • TU/e, Institute for Complex Molecular Systems

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Research Output

  • 1127 Citations
  • 26 Article
  • 1 Poster

Rigidity loss in disordered systems : three scenarios

Ellenbroek, W. G., Hagh, V. F., Kumar, A., Thorpe, M. F. & van Hecke, M., 1 Apr 2015, In : Physical Review Letters. 114, 13, p. 135501-1/5 5 p., 135501.

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    Harnessing entropy to enhance toughness in reversibly crosslinked polymer networks

    Tito, N. B., Creton, C., Storm, C. & Ellenbroek, W. G., 14 Mar 2019, In : Soft Matter. 15, 10, p. 2190-2203 14 p.

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    Self-stresses control stiffness and stability in overconstrained disordered networks

    Bose, A., Vermeulen, M. F. J., Storm, C. & Ellenbroek, W. G., 12 Feb 2019, In : Physical Review E. 99, 2, 12 p., 023001.

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    Swap-driven self-adhesion and healing of vitrimers

    Ciarella, S. & Ellenbroek, W. G., Feb 2019, In : Coatings. 9, 2, 12 p., 114.

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    Two-dimensional crystals of star polymers: a tale of tails

    Bos, I., van der Scheer, P., Ellenbroek, W. G. & Sprakel, J., 28 Jan 2019, In : Soft Matter. 15, 4, p. 615-622 8 p.

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    Prizes

    NWO Veni Award : How like charges attract?

    W.G. Ellenbroek (Recipient), 25 Nov 2010

    Prize: NWOVeniScientific

  • Courses

    Biomolecules and soft matter

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    Electromagnetism

    1/09/12 → …

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    Engineering Design

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    Student theses

    A model to simulate the ion-driven assembly of microtubes

    Author: Thijssen, K., 2014

    Supervisor: Ellenbroek, W. (Supervisor 1) & Vermeulen, M. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Bachelor

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    Binding kinetics in tethered particle biosensors

    Author: Almass, H., 2018

    Supervisor: Ellenbroek, W. G. (Supervisor 1) & Zijlstra, P. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Bachelor

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    Energy dissipation in breaking double networks

    Author: Slangen, T., 2019

    Supervisor: Ellenbroek, W. G. (Supervisor 1), Bose, A. (Supervisor 2) & Tito, N. B. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Bachelor

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    Exploring different topologies of vitrimer networks

    Author: Brand, M. W., 2019

    Supervisor: Ellenbroek, W. G. (Supervisor 1) & Ciarella, S. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Bachelor

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