Y.A. Birkhölzer (Yorick)

About Me

Yorick currently works as an NWO RUBICON Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Oxide Molecular Beam Epitaxy Group of Prof. Darrell Schlom at Cornell University in the United States.

He previously worked in the Inorganic Materials Science (IMS) group at the University of Twente under supervision of Prof. Guus Rijnders. His focus is on the fabrication and characterization of thin films with atomic precision.


Engineering & Materials Science
Ferroelectric Materials
Pulsed Laser Deposition
Thin Films
Vanadium Dioxide
Liquid Film
Pulsed Laser Deposition


Dr. Yorick A. Birkhölzer works on new materials and devices for sustainable electronics. He obtained his PhD (cum laude) in 2022 on nanoscale strain control of oxide thin films in the Inorganic Materials Science group chaired by prof. dr. ing. Guus Rijnders

Yorick's expertise lies in the fabrication of crystalline thin films by pulsed laser deposition and molecular-beam epitaxy, and characterization by scanning probe microscopy and X-ray diffraction and spectroscopy.

His research interests lie in the physics of complex oxides, in particular perovskite ferroelectrics and Mott insulators such as vanadium dioxide that display a metal-insulator transition.

Yorick actively collaborates with various groups, nationally and abroad, on operando measurements, performing cutting edge X-ray science while applying electric fields or heat in situ to micodevices such as piezo- and ferroelectrics, thin film transistors, supercapacitors, microbatteries, catalysts, and solar cells.


Verdierre, G., Gauquelin, N., Jannis, D. , Birkhölzer, Y. A., Mallik, S., Verbeeck, J., Bibes, M. , & Koster, G. (2023). Epitaxial growth of the candidate ferroelectric Rashba material SrBiO3by pulsed laser deposition. APL materials, 11(3), Article 031109. https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0138222
Solomon Sathiaraj, J. S. S. , Birkhölzer, Y. A. , Soltanpoor, W., Soto Montero, T. D. S. , & Morales Masis, M. (2022). Epitaxy of Inorganic Halide Perovskites: Case of 𝐂sSnI3. Poster session presented at Symposium on Light Management in Photovoltaics, LMPV 2019, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Birkhölzer, Y. A. (2022). Nanoscale strain control of the metal-insulator transition in VO2 thin films. Poster session presented at 28th International Workshop on Electronic Oxides, iWOE 2022, Portland, Maine, United States.
Solomon Sathiaraj, J. S. S. , Birkhölzer, Y. A., Soto Montero, T. D. S. , Soltanpoor, W. , & Morales Masis, M. (2022). Epitaxy of Inorganic Halide Perovskites by Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD). Poster session presented at MRS Fall meeting 2022, Boston, Massachusetts, United States.
Birkhölzer, Y. A. , Sotthewes, K., Gauquelin, N., Riekehr, L., Jannis, D., Van Der Minne, E., Bu, Y., Verbeeck, J. , Zandvliet, H. J. W. , Koster, G. , & Rijnders, G. (2022). High-Strain-Induced Local Modification of the Electronic Properties of VO2Thin Films. ACS Applied Electronic Materials, 4(12), 6020-6028. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsaelm.2c01176
Birkhölzer, Y. A. (2022). Nanoscale strain control of oxide thin films. [PhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UT, University of Twente]. University of Twente. https://doi.org/10.3990/1.9789036553483
Soto Montero, T. D. S. , Soltanpoor, W. , Birkhölzer, Y. A., Ledinský, M. , & Morales Masis, M. (2021). Single-Source Vacuum-Processing of Halide Perovskite Films for Solar Cells. Poster session presented at Tandem PV Workshop 2021, Berlin (Online), Germany.
Birkhölzer, Y. A. , Sotthewes, K. , Koster, G. , & Rijnders, A. J. H. M. (2021). Nanoscale Manipulation of VO2 thin films. Poster session presented at 27th International Workshop on Oxide Electronics, iWOE27, Genoa, Italy.
Rodkey, N., Kaal, S., Sebastia-Luna, P. , Birkhölzer, Y. A., Ledinsky, M., Palazon, F., Bolink, H. J. , & Morales-Masis, M. (2021). Pulsed Laser Deposition of Cs2AgBiBr6: From Mechanochemically Synthesized Powders to Dry, Single-Step Deposition. Chemistry of materials, 33(18), 7417-7422. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.chemmater.1c02054
Soto-Montero, T. , Soltanpoor, W., Kralj, S. , Birkholzer, Y. A., Remes, Z., Ledinsky, M. , Rijnders, G. , & Morales-Masis, M. (2021). Single-Source Pulsed Laser Deposition of MAPbI3. In 2021 IEEE 48th Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2021 (pp. 1318-1323). (Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference; Vol. 2021). IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/PVSC43889.2021.9518799
Harbola, V., Crossley, S., Hong, S. S., Lu, D. , Birkhölzer, Y. A., Hikita, Y., & Hwang, H. Y. (2021). Strain Gradient Elasticity in SrTiO3Membranes: Bending versus Stretching. Nano letters, 21(6), 2470-2475. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.nanolett.0c04787
Mulder, L. , Wielens, D. H., Concepcion Diaz, O. , Birkhölzer, Y. A. , & Brinkman, A. (2020). Molecular beam epitaxy of topological tellurides. Poster session presented at Physics@Veldhoven 2020, veldhoven, Netherlands.

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Yorick Birkhölzer obtained his PhD cum laude at the University of Twente (2022). Prior to that, he graduated from the MSc program Nanotechnology (2018) and BSc program Advanced Technology (2015, both also cum laude).

During his studies, he worked as visiting research student at Stanford University, USA, and KAUST, Saudi Arabia.

Yorick currently works at Cornell University, USA, as NWO RUBICON Postdoctoral Researcher.

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The Netherlands

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