dr.ir. S. Lindhoud (Saskia)

Associate Professor

About Me

Biological processes are extremely efficient. My research is inspired by separation processes used in the cell. The cellular fluid is highly organised. This organisation occurs via aqueous liquid-liquid phase separation of molecules and can be mimicked by polyion condensation. These dense phases can very selectively take up molecules. This concept can be used for separation processes in industry, beter understanding of protein accumulation in biological condensates and the accumulation of functional molecules in relation to the Origin of Life.


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Engineering & Materials Science
Physics & Astronomy


After completing a BSc and MSc on Molecular Sciences at Wageningen University in 2005, I started a PhD project at the Laboratory of Physical Chemistry and Colloid Science under supervision of Prof. Martien Cohen Stuart and Prof. Willem Norde. The topic of my PhD work was the incorporation of enzymes in polyelectrolyte complex micelles. Within four years (2009) I defended my thesis entitled “Polyelectrolyte Complex Micelles as Wrapping for Enzymes.” After graduating, I left the Netherlands to investigate whether shower-gel can be made “greener” using oxidized cellulose as viscosity modifier. This research was performed at the University of Bath (UK). During this two year project I performed many neutron and x-ray scattering experiments at large scale facilities (ISIS, DIAMOND, ESRF and ILL) trying to resolve the structure of these oxidized cellulose gels. Beginning 2013 I joined the Nanobiophysics group at the University of Twente to work on a project called: “Motor failure in cellular disease.” Later that year I was awarded NWO prestigious Veni award on “Complex Coacervates as Molecular Crowding Agents,” to start my own research line. In June 2016 I became an Assistant Professor at the Nanobiophysics group. In April 2020 I joined the Molecular Nanofabrication group to continue my research and teaching at the University of Twente.


van Lente, J. J., Pazos Urrea, M. , Brouwer, T. , Schuur, B. , & Lindhoud, S. (2020). Complex Coacervates as Extraction Solvents. Poster session presented at CHAINS 2020.

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University of Twente
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
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