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prof.dr. C.A. Nijhuis (Christian)

Full Professor

About Me

Given names: Christian A.
Academic titles: Prof. Dr. MSc.
Birth date and place:  17 January 1977, Enschede, The Netherlands
Present function:    Professor of Hybrid Materials for Opto-Electronics

Vice Director: Molecules Center Associated with MESA+

Principle Investigator:  Brain-Inspired Nano Systems (BRAINS)

Associated with MESA+

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Christian A. Nijhuis received his Master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Groningen in 2002, and Ph.D. degree from the University of Twente in 2006 (Cum Laude; top 5%) under the direction of Profs. David N. Reinhoudt and Jurriaan Huskens. In 2007, he joined the group of Prof. George M. Whitesides as post-doctoral fellow, and in 2010 he received the research fellowship of the National Research Foundation of Singapore and joined the Department of Chemistry at the National University of Singapore. He was promoted to Assoc. Prof. in 2016 and he holds an adjunct position at the Centre for Advanced 2D Materials (CA2DM) and is a member of NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering (NGS). In 2020, he joined the University of Twente as a Full Professor of the group “Hybrid Materials for Opo-Electronics”, in the department of Molecules and Materials, at the Faculty of Science and Technology. His research interests cover the areas of molecular electronics, plasmonic tunnel junctions, supramolecular chemistry, nanofabrication and surface science.

 

Education

1996–2002  M. Sc. Molecular Inorganic Chemistry,
University of Groningen, The Netherlands
2002–2006  Ph. D. (cum laude, top 5%), University of Twente, The Netherlands.

 

Postdoctoral research

2007–2010  Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University, USA.
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. G. M. Whitesides.

 

Appointments

2020–present  Full Professor at the University of Twente,
Department of Molecules & Materials,
MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology, Faculty of Science and Technology
University of Twente
2020–present Joint appointment at the Center for Brain-Inspired Nano Systems
(BRAINS), Faculty of Science and Technology University of Twente
2017–2020 Principle Investigator at NUS Nanoscience & Nanotechnology Initiative
2016–2020 Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore,
Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences
2013–2016 Joint appointment at the Solar Energy Research Institute of
Singapore, NUS
2013–2020 Faculty member of the NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and
Engineering, NUS
2012–2014 Adjunct Scientist at the Institute of Materials Science and Engineering,
A*STAR
2010–2020 Joint appointment at NUS Centre for Advanced 2D Materials
and Graphene Research Centre.
2010–2015 Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore,
Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences

 

Fellowships, Invitations & Awards

  1. 18th Meeting of Nobel Laureates in Chemistry, Lindau, Germany (2006).
  2. Rubicon fellowship (The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, NWO) for talented young researches for a two-year overseas post-doc position (2007).
  3. (declined) VENI fellowship by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, NWO (2010).
  4. Fellow of the National Research Foundation (NRF) of Singapore (3 million S$; 2010-2016).
  5. Young Scientist award, Faculty of Science, National University of Singapore (2014)
  6. Department Young Chemist Award, NUS, (2014)
  7. University Young Researcher Award, NUS (2016)
  8. Department Outstanding Chemist Award (2016)
  9. Vising professorship at University Paris Diderot, Jean-Christophe Lacroix (2017)
  10. Irish Institute of Physics Seminar Sponsorship Programme (2018)
  11. NUS - King's College London Partnership Award (2018)
  12. Dean’s Chair, Faculty of Science, NUS (2018)
  13. Lead Principal Investigator of Applied Materials – NUS Advanced Materials Corporate Lab (2018-2020)

 

Research Grants

  1. Lead PI, Competitive Research Program (CRP), National Research Foundation of Singapore (total project value: 5.75 million S$; 2012-2016): Plamosmonic Electronics: New Generation of Devices to Bypass Fundamental Limitations
  2. Sole PI, Ministry of Education Academic Research Fund (AcRF), 0.70 million S$ (2015-2018): Functional Molecular Electronics: Rational Design Beyond the Molecule
  3. Sole PI, Ministry of Education  Academic Research Fund (AcRF Tier 2), 0.60 million S$  (2016-2019): Biomolecular Electronics Based on Ferritin
  4. Co-PI, Competitive Research Program (CRP), National Research Foundation of Singapore (total project value: 8.1 million S$; 2016-2021): Image Enabled Development of 3D Micorelectronics Fabrication
  5. Lead PI of Competitive research program (CRP), National Research Foundation, NUS (total project value: 7.5 million S$; 2017-2022): Integration of Electrically Driven Plasmonic Interconnects
  6. Collaborator in the consortium Molecular diagnostics through DNA modification and interfacial engineering (DNASURF), H2020-MSCA-RISE-2017 (2017)
  7. Co-PI, Ministry of Education Academic Research Fund (AcRF), 0.70 million S$ (2018-2021): Electrically-Driven Pseudo Machines in Molecular Junctions
  8. Sole PI, Ministry of Education Academic Research Fund (AcRF), 0.53 million S$ (2020-2021): Non-Linear Light-Matter Interactions in Molecular Tunnelling Junctions
  9. Sole PI, Ministry of Education  Academic Research Fund (AcRF Tier 2), 0.60 million S$  (2016-2019): Biomolecular Electronics Based on Ferritin
  10. Collaborator of Competitive research program (CRP), National Research Foundation, NUS (total project value: 6.8 million S$; 2021-2025): Disruptive Fabrication Processes for Scalable Interconnects

 

Academic Activities

  1. Co-organizer of Molecular Material Meeting (Jan 2011)
  2. Chair of Young Scientist Symposium (symposium LL, ICMAT, July 2011)
  3. Co-organizer of ICYRAM (symposium molecular electronics, July 2012)
  4. Member of the Royal Chemical Society
  5. Member of the American Chemical Society
  6. Member of the Materials Research Society
  7. Member of Singapore National Institute of Chemistry
  8. Program Committee member for Area 10 (Organic Materials Science, Device Physics, Applications and Printed Technologies) of SSDM 2016, 2017, and 2018.
  9. Chair of “Progress and challenges in Molecular Electronics” (symposium P, MRS-ICMAT, 2017)
  10. Chair of “Progress and challenges in Molecular Electronics II” (MRS-ICMAT, 2019)
  11. Scientific Committee member of ElecMol – International Conference on Molecular Electronics (since 2018)
  12. Editorial Board member of iScience, CellPress (since 2018)
  13. Co-chair of SPICE workshop on Molecular Electro-Opto-Spintronics (October 2019)
  14. Co-chair of symposium on Energy conversion at the nanoscale, Pacifichem (December 2020)
  15. International Advisory Committee member, XXth International Workshop on the Physics of Semiconductor Devices (IWPSD), Kolkata, India (Dec 2019)

 

University Committees:

  1. Chairman of Safety and Health Working Committee (SHWC) of the Centre for Advanced 2D Materials (CA2DM) (2016-2020)
  2. Member of Research & Grant (2016-2020)
  3. Member of Chemical, Molecular and Materials Analysis Centre (CMMAC) (2017-2020)
  4. Member of Department Research Committee (2018-2020)

 

Research

PUBLICATIONS

>150 publications, >8,600 citations, h-index: 48 (Google Scholar, May 2022)

Full list of publications

 

Ten Representative Publications

  1.       Han, Y.; Nickle, C.; Zhang, Z.; Astier, H. P. A. G.; Duffin, T.; Qi, D. C.; Wang, Z.; Del Barco, E.; Thompson, D.; Nijhuis, C. A. Electric-Field-Driven Dual-Functional Molecular Switches in Tunnel Junctions, Nat. Mater. 2020, 19, 843-848.
  2.       Goswami, S.; Rath, S. P.; Thompson, D.; Hedström, S.; Annamalai, M.; Pramanick, R.; Ilic, B. R.; Sarkar, S.; Hooda, S.; Nijhuis C. A., Martin, J.; Williams, R. S.; Goswami, S.; Venkatesan, T. Charge Disproportionate Molecular Redox for Discrete Memristive and Memcapacitive Switching, Nat. Nanotechnol. 2020, 15, 380-389.
  3.       Yuan, L.; Wang, L.; Garrigues, A. R.; Jian, L.; Annadata, H. V.; del Barco, E.; Nijhuis, C. A. Transition from Direct to Inverted Charge Transport Marcus Regions in Molecular Junctions via Molecular Orbital Gating, Nat. Nanotechnol. 2018, 13, 322-329.
  4.       Goswami, S.; Matula, A. J.; Rath, S. P.; Hedström, S.; Saha, S.; Annamalai, M.; Sengupta, D.; Patra, A.; Ghosh, S.; Jani, H.; Sarkar, S.; Motapothula, M. R.; Nijhuis, C. A.; Martin, J.; Goswami, S.; Batista, V. S.; Venkatesan, T. Robust Resistive Memory Devices Using Solution-Processable Metal-Coordinated Azo Aromatics, Nat. Mater. 2017, 16, 1216–1224.
  5.       Du, W.; Wang, T.; Chu, H.; Nijhuis, C. A. Highly efficient on-chip direct electronic–plasmonic transducers, Nat. Photon. 2017, 11, 623–627.
  6.       Chen, X.; Roemer, M.; Yuan, L.; Du, W.; Thompson, D.; del Barco, E.; Nijhuis, C. A. Molecular Diodes with Rectification Ratios Exceeding 105 Driven by Electrostatic Interactions, Nat. Nanotechnol. 2017, 12, 797–803.
  7.       Loh, D.; Sen, S.; Bosman, M.; Tan, S. F.; Zhong, J.; Nijhuis, C. A.; Král, P.; Matsudaira, P.; Mirsaidov, U. Multi-Step Nucleation of Nanocrystals in Aqueous Solution, Nat. Chem. 2017, 9, 77–82.
  8.       Du, W.; Wang, T.; Chu, H.; Wu, L.; Liu, R.; Sun, S.; Phua, W.K.; Wang, L.; Tomczak, N.; Nijhuis, C. A. On-chip Molecular Electronic Plasmon Sources Based on Self-Assembled Monolayer Tunnel Junctions, Nat. Photon. 2016, 10, 274 - 280.
  9.       Tan, S. F.; Wu, L.; Yang, J. K. W.; Bai, P.; Bosman, M.; Nijhuis, C. A. Quantum Plasmon Resonances Controlled by Molecular Tunnel Junctions, Science, 2014, 343, 1496-1499.
  10.       Nerngchanmnong, N.; Yuan, L.; Qi, D. C.; Jiang, L.; Thompson, D.; Nijhuis, C. A. The Role of Van der Waals Forces in the Performance of Molecular Diodes Nat. Nanotechnol. 2013, 8, 113-118.

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University of Twente
Faculty of Science and Technology
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Hallenweg 23
7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Science and Technology
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