dr.ir. J.M. Sturm (Marko)

Assistant Professor

About Me

I studied Applied Physics at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, after which I obtained my PhD at the University of Twente in 2006. After 2 years of post-doc at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin (Germany), I joined the FOM Institute for Plasma Physics Rijnhuizen in Nieuwegein (the Netherlands). Since 2014, when the current XUV group moved from Nieuwegein to the University of Twente, I have been senior staff member in the XUV group.

Throughout my career I developed a strong background in surface analysis, thin film fabrication and surface chemistry studies.


Physics & Astronomy
Ion Scattering
Thin Films
Transition Metals
Engineering & Materials Science
Thin Films
Transition Metals


My research focuses on the application of surface analysis techniques to (i) study thin film growth, with a focus on XUV optics applications and (ii) study interaction of plasma, ions and radicals with thin film surfaces.


Baskakov, A., Golsanamlou, Z. , van de Kruijs, R. W. E. , Bokdam, M. , Sturm, J. M. , & Ackermann, M. (2023). Infrared emissivity of thin films based on molybdenum silicides with silicon. Poster session presented at MESA+ Meeting 2023, Enschede, Netherlands.
Prasad, N. P., Rohnke, M., Verheijen, M. A. , Sturm, J. M., Hofmann, J. P., Hensen, E. J. M., & Bieberle-Hütter, A. (2023). Role of Excess Bi on the Properties and Performance of BiFeO3 Thin-Film Photocathodes. ACS Applied Energy Materials, 6(24), 12237−12248. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsaem.3c01926
Valpreda, A. , Sturm, J. M. , Yakshin, A. E. , & Ackermann, M. (2023). Resolving buried interfaces with low energy ion scattering. Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A: Vacuum, Surfaces and Films, 41(4), Article 043203. https://doi.org/10.1116/6.0002567

UT Research Information System


I am involved in following courses:

Optics practical of module 6 (BSc Applied Physics)

Surfaces and Thin Layers (MSc Applied Physics)

Nanolab practical (MSc Nanotechnology)

In our research group we usually have thesis assignments available for BSc and MSc students Applied Physics and MSc students Nanotechnology.

Affiliated Study Programmes



Courses Academic Year  2023/2024

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Courses Academic Year  2022/2023

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Science and Technology
Carré (building no. 15), room C2019
Hallenweg 21
7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Mailing Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Science and Technology
Carré  C2019
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands