prof.dr.ir. W.M. de Vos (Wiebe)

Professor Membrane Surface Science

About Me

Prof. Dr. Ir. Wiebe M. de Vos obtained his PhD in 2009 from Wageningen University on the topic of “Polymer Brushes and their interaction with particles”. He subsequently moved to Bristol University, where he studied in detail the structure and properties of a large variety of surface coatings by neutron reflectivity. In 2012, he was appointed assistant professor in the Membrane Science and Technology cluster, while in 2016 he initiated his own research group Membrane Surface Science. Within this group he combines his background in the fundamentals of surface science and physical chemistry with the much more applied field of membranes. His work in membrane surface science encompasses the coating of membranes for various functional enhancements, including anti-fouling, enhanced separations, easy-to-clean membranes and virus in-activation, but also entails building up a detailed understanding on the exact interactions between the membrane interface and selected molecules and particles. His research line gives Prof. de Vos a unique position within the national and international fields of both Membrane Science and Colloid and Interface Science. Prof. de Vos has been successful in obtaining grant income from various sources, including in 2012 the prestigious personal VENI grant (250 k€) and in 2016 a personal VIDI grant (800 k€), both from the Dutch Science Foundation. In 2016, Prof. de Vos was awarded a personal ERC-starting grant (1.5 M€), the most prestigious grant available within the EU at his level. Dr. de Vos published 73 scientific manuscripts and 3 scientific book chapters. He has received over 1250 citations and has an H-index of 20. Wiebe explains his scientific work in his own words in this eye-opener


Engineering & Materials Science
Nanofiltration Membranes
Phase Separation
Physics & Astronomy


Li, J. , Krishna B, A., van Ewijk, G., van Dijken, D. J. , de Vos, W. M., & van der Gucht, J. (2022). A comparison of complexation induced brittleness in PEI/PSS and PEI/NaPSS single-step coatings. Colloids and surfaces A: Physicochemical and engineering aspects, 648, [129143]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.colsurfa.2022.129143

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Horst Complex  ME325
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The Netherlands