dr.ir. J.M. Huijser (Annemarie)

Associate Professor

About Me

I am a Physical Chemist specialized in ultrafast spectroscopy to develop fundamental understanding of photoinduced processes in materials with application in photocatalysis and photovoltaics.

Current and previous positions

Jan. 2021 - present: Associate Professor, Photocatalytic Synthesis group, University of Twente, the Netherlands

Dec. 2016 - Dec. 2020: Assistant Professor, Photocatalytic Synthesis group, University of Twente, the Netherlands

Nov. 2011-Nov. 2016: Assistant Professor, Optical Sciences group, University of Twente, the Netherlands

May 2008-Oct. 2011: Postdoctoral scientist, Chemical Physics Department, Lund University, Sweden. Advisor: Prof. Villy Sundstrom


2014: Dutch university teaching qualification

2008: Ph.D. degree. Thesis: 'Energy transfer dynamics in molecular layers of porphyrin derivatives'. Supervisors: Prof. Laurens Siebbeles and Dr. Tom Savenije, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands 

2004: M.Sc. degree (cum laude) in Chemical Engineering, specialization in Physical Chemistry, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands


2018: TOP grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), offering outstanding researchers the opportunity to strengthen or renew challenging and innovative lines of research, in collaboration with Prof. Huub De Groot (Leiden) and Dr. Tomas Jansen (Groningen)

2004: Award for best M.Sc. student Chemical Engineering Delft University of Technology (out of ca. 50 students), the Netherlands

2004: Cum laude award (top 5 %) for MSc degree in Chemical Engineering, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands


Excited State
Electron Particle


Research aim

I have developed and am coordinating a research line focused at understanding structure-functionality relations in materials with application in solar energy conversion. The research is in particular focused at the control of photoinduced processes and their dynamics in photocatalytic and photovoltaic materials, by tuning the static or dynamic nanostructure of the complex. We employ several complementary ultrafast spectroscopic methods to visualize light-induced processes in real-time, such as femtosecond transient absorption, time-resolved photoluminescence, IR, Raman and x-ray absorption spectroscopy. To support a multidisciplinary approach, I have developed an (inter)national collaboration network with experts in various disciplines.

Team members



Preparation of photoactive materials and nanostructured layers

  • Dr. Mary Pryce and Prof. Han Vos, Dublin City University, Ireland
  • Prof. Wesley Browne, University of Groningen, the Netherlands
  • Prof. Joost Reek, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Prof. André ten Elshof, University of Twente, the Netherlands
  • Prof. Han Gardeniers, University of Twente, the Netherlands

Modeling of excited state processes

  • Prof. Leticia González, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Dr. Thomas Jansen, University of Groningen, the Netherlands

Complementary spectroscopic and microscopic expertises

  • Prof. Huub de Groot, University of Leiden, the Netherlands
  • Prof. Alfred Holzwarth, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion, Mülheim, Germany
  • Dr. Tom Savenije, TU Delft, the Netherlands
  • Dr. Cees Otto, University of Twente, the Netherlands
  • Dr. Jens Uhlig, Lund University, Sweden
  • Dr. Kristoffer Haldrup, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
  • Dr. Grigory Smolentsev, Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland
  • Prof. Anatoli Ianoul, Carleton University, Canada

Research institutes 

  • Dr. Sjoerd Veenstra, Solliance/TNO, Eindhoven, the Netherlands
  • Dr. Jan Christoph Goldschmidt, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Freiburg, Germany

Presentations at international conferences

  • AVS66 International Conference, Columbus, United States, October 2019 (invited talk)
  • NanoG International Conference, Torremolinos, Spain, October 2018
  • Nordic Femtochemistry Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark, August 2018
  • International Photochemistry Conference, Strasbourg, France, July 2017
  • Conference on Light-Harvesting processes, Kloster Banz, Germany, March 2017
  • International NanoG16 Conference, Berlin, Germany, September 2016
  • International Femtochemistry Conference, Hamburg, Germany, July 2015 (‘hot topic’ talk)
  • International Conference on Conversion and Storage of Solar Energy, Berlin, Germany, July 2014, 2 contributions
  • International Conference on Photochemistry, Leuven, Belgium, July 2013
  • Gordon Research Conference on Photochemistry, Easton, United States, July 2013
  • International conference on Quantum Solar Energy Conversion, Bad Gastein, March 2013 (invited talk)
  • Nordic Femtochemistry conference, Ylläs, Finland, June 2010
  • EU CERC3 meeting on solar energy conversion for young chemists, Spa, Belgium, April 2007
  • International workshop on Quantum Solar Energy Conversion, Bad Hofgastein, Austria, March 2007

UT Research Information System


BSc programs Advanced Technology and Chemical Engineering

Lecturer Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy

Tutor Materials for Energy


MSc programs Nanotechnology and Chemical Engineering

Lecturer Microscopy and Spectroscopy

Module Coordinator Characterization of Nanostructures


MSc program Nanotechnology

Secretary Board of Examiners

Affiliated Study Programmes




Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Science and Technology
Horst Complex (building no. 20), room ME227
De Horst 2
7522LW  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Mailing Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Science and Technology
Horst Complex  ME227
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

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