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

Full Professor, Nanomaterials for Energy Conversion and Storage

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 positions, I was successful in obtaining financial support (e.g. EU FP7 projects and personal VENI grant (2010)) in the field of thermoelectrics, photovoltaics and artificial photosynthesis, where high-performance oxide interfaces are crucial. In 2013 I became Associate Professor and shifted the focus to next-generation batteries, for which I received the personal VIDI grant (2014) and several other funded projects (e.g. Perspectief, ECHO). In 2016 I obtained a permanent position with ius promovendi. Furthermore, since 2018 I have been appointed as Guest Scientist within the IEK-1 Electrochemical Storage Department of Forschungszentrum Jülich (Germany). Since January 2022 I became Full Professor of the chair 'Nanomaterials for Energy Conversion and Storage' with a young and enthusiastic research team in studying innovative nanomaterials for realizing enhanced energy conversion and storage applications. Currently there are various ongoing research projects on innovative battery materials (BatteryNL, NXTGEN Hightech, Maritime Batteries, VICI grant 2023) often in large consortia of universities and industry. Finally, I have a leading role in the Battery Centre Twente, which was established to strengthen research programs on regional, national and European levels.

2022 present    Full Professor, Nanomaterials for Energy Conversion and Storage         Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Twente, Netherlands.

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

2016 – 2021    Associate Professor (with ius promovendi)                                                 Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Twente, Netherlands.

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.


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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. The Battery Centre Twente brings together all battery research activities at the University of Twente.

For more information visit the website of the Huijben Research Group.


I have co-authored 118 publications in peer-reviewed, international journals. The articles have been published in high-impact leading journals with impact factors ranging up to 41.2. The articles have received more than 7874 citations (excl. self-citations, 8-2-2024, WOS Clarivate). Currently, my h-index is 44 and I am PI, or co-PI, of all my research projects.


van Ginkel, H. J., Mitterhuber, L. , van de Putte, M. W. , Huijben, M., Vollebregt, S., & Zhang, G. (2023). Nanostructured Thermoelectric Films Synthesised by Spark Ablation and Their Oxidation Behaviour. Nanomaterials, 13(11), Article 1778. https://doi.org/10.3390/nano13111778
Samal, D., Gauquelin, N., Takamura, Y., Lobato, I., Arenholz, E., Van Aert, S. , Huijben, M. , Zhong, Z., Verbeeck, J., Van Tendeloo, G. , & Koster, G. (2023). Unusual structural rearrangement and superconductivity in infinite layer cuprate superlattices. Physical Review Materials , 7(5), Article 054803. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevMaterials.7.054803
Hong, Y., Wei, L., Zhang, Q., Deng, Z., Liao, X., Zhou, Y., Wang, L., Li, T., Liu, J., Xiao, W., Hu, S., Wang, L. , Li, L. , Huijben, M., Gan, Y., Chen, K. , Koster, G. , Rijnders, G. , & Liao, Z. (2023). A broad-spectrum gas sensor based on correlated two-dimensional electron gas. Nature communications, 14(1), Article 8496. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-023-44331-7
Zheng, J. (2023). Fast-Charging Electrodes by Crystal Structure Control Towards High-Performance Lithium-Ion Batteries. [PhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UT, University of Twente]. University of Twente. https://doi.org/10.3990/1.9789036557986
Zhou, X., Khetan, A. , Zheng, J. , Huijben, M., Janssen, R. A. J., & Er, S. (2023). Discovery of lead quinone cathode materials for Li-ion batteries. Digital Discovery, 2(4), 1016-1025. https://doi.org/10.1039/D2DD00112H
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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Courses Academic Year  2023/2024

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Courses Academic Year  2022/2023





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