prof.dr.ir. M. Huijben (Mark)


About Me

I started working on interface engineering for oxide electronics already during both my MSc and PhD at the University of Twente (Netherlands) with a stay at Stanford University (USA). During my postdoc at the University of California, Berkeley (USA), my research was broadened into the field of multiferroic applications to study the magnetic and electronic interactions at various oxide interfaces. In 2009 I started my research group at the University of Twente as a Tenure Track Assistant Professor. At the same time I became program director of the strategic research orientation ‘Nanomaterials for Energy’ within the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology to exploit and expand the present expertise in the field of nano-related energy research. In these roles I have been successful in obtaining financial support (e.g. MESA+ grant of 1000 k€, EU FP7 projects of 694 k and national personal VENI grant of 250 k€ (top 10% of peers)) on thermoelectrics, photovoltaics and artificial photosynthesis, in which high-quality oxide interfaces were crucial. In 2013 I became a Tenure Track Associate Professor and I shifted the focus of my research group towards solid-state batteries, for which I was awarded a prestigious national personal VIDI grant of 800 k€ (top 10% of peers). Since 2016 I have a permanent position with ius promovendi with a young and enthusiastic research team. Recently, I have been appointed as Guest Scientist within the IEK-1 Electrochemical Storage Department of Forschungszentrum Jülich (Germany).

2016 – present    Associate Professor (with ius promovendi)                                                 Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Twente, Netherlands.

2018 – present    Guest Scientist                                                                                         IEK-1 Electrochemical Storage Department, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany.

2013 – 2016       Associate Professor, Tenure Track                                                          Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Twente, Netherlands.

2009 – 2014       Program director of the strategic research orientation ‘Nanomaterials for Energy’, MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology, University of Twente, Netherlands.

2009 – 2013       Assistant Professor, Tenure Track                                                           Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Twente, Netherlands.

2008 – 2009       Postdoctoral researcher,                                                                          Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Twente, Netherlands.

2006 – 2008       Postdoctoral researcher,                                                                          Physics & Materials Science departments, University of California, Berkeley, USA.

2000 Sep-Dec     Student Internship,                                                                             Applied Physics department, Stanford University, USA.


Electron Diffraction
High Energy Electrons
Hereditary Corneal Dystrophies
Butylene Glycols


Nanomaterials for Energy Conversion and Storage

The research is focused on the study of novel nanostructured thin films with special structural and advanced functional properties at the incorporated interfaces. The aim is to develop new materials towards improved energy applications, such as solid-state batteries and thermoelectric energy generators. This research is part of the “Storage and Conversion of Renewable Energy” application area of the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology, which goal it is to exploit and expand the present expertise in the field of nano-related energy research through multidisciplinary collaboration between various research groups.

For details see the research website.


I have co-authored 83 publications in peer-reviewed, international journals of which 58 articles without my PhD promotors. The articles have been published in high-impact leading journals with impact factors ranging up to 39.7. The articles have received more than 4264 citations (excl. self-citations, 12-2-2018, WOS Thomson Reuters). Currently, my h-index is 31 and I am PI, or co-PI, of all my research projects.


Recent Articles
M. Cunha, D., Hendriks, T. A., Vos, C. M., Singh, D. P., & Huijben, M. (2017). Nanoscale mapping of electrochemistry for enhanced solid state batteries. Poster session presented at MESA+ Meeting 2017, Enschede, Netherlands.
Singh, D. P., Soin, N., Sharma, S., Basak, S., Sachdeva, S., Roy, S. S., ... Wagemaker, M. (2017). 3-D vertically aligned few layer graphene – partially reduced graphene oxide/sulfur electrodes for high performance lithium–sulfur batteries. Sustainable Energy & Fuels, 1, 1516-1523. DOI: 10.1039/C7SE00195A
Liao, Z., Gauquelin, N., Green, R. J., Macke, S., Gonissen, J., Thomas, S., ... Rijnders, A. J. H. M. (2017). Thickness Dependent Properties in Oxide Heterostructures Driven by Structurally Induced Metal–Oxygen Hybridization Variations. Advanced functional materials, 27(17), [1606717 ]. DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201606717
Roy, S., Solmaz, A., Burton, J. D., Huijben, M., Rijnders, A. J. H. M., Tsymbal, E. Y., & Banerjee, T. (2016). Engineering interfacial energy profile by changing the substrate terminating plane in perovskite heterointerfaces. Physical review B: Condensed matter and materials physics, 93(115101), 115101-. [115101]. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.93.115101
Solmaz, A., Huijben, M., Koster, G., Egoavil, R., Gauquelin, N., van Tendeloo, G., ... Rijnders, A. J. H. M. (2016). Domain Selectivity in BiFeO3 Thin Films by Modified Substrate Termination. Advanced functional materials, 26(17), 2882-2889. DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201505065
Other Contributions


Complex Oxides Useful for Thermoelectric Energy Conversion
A. Majumdar, R. Ramesh, Ch. Yu, M.L. Scullin, M. Huijben

Pub. No.: WO/2008/109564
International Application No.: PCT/US2008/055720
International Filing Date: 03.03.2008
Publication Date: 12.09.2008
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Carré  3239
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The Netherlands