Y.A. Birkhölzer (Yorick)


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Yorick works as a Postdoctoral Research associate in the Inorganic Materials Science (IMS) group under supervision of prof. dr. ing. Guus Rijnders. His focus is on the fabrication and characterization of thin films with atomic precision.


Engineering & Materials Science
Ferroelectric Materials
Pulsed Laser Deposition
Reflection High Energy Electron Diffraction
Thin Films
Liquid Film
Pulsed Laser Deposition


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

Yorick's expertise lies in the fabrication of crystalline thin films by pulsed laser deposition and characterisation by scanning probe microscopy and X-ray diffraction.

His research interests lie in the physics of complex oxides, in particular perovskite ferroelectrics and Mott insulators such as vanadium dioxide.

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.


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. 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. 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.
Haykal, A., Fischer, J., Akhtar, W., Chauleau, J. Y., Sando, D., Finco, A., Godel, F. , Birkhölzer, Y. A., Carrétéro, C., Jaouen, N., Bibes, M., Viret, M., Fusil, S., Jacques, V., & Garcia, V. (2020). Antiferromagnetic textures in BiFeO3 controlled by strain and electric field. Nature communications, 11(1), [1704]. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-15501-8
Kim, B. S. Y. , Birkhölzer, Y. A., Feng, X., Hikita, Y., & Hwang, H. Y. (2019). Probing the band alignment in rectifying SrIrO3/Nb:SrTiO3 heterostructures. Applied physics letters, 114(13), [133504]. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5087956
Wang, R. P. , Geessinck, J., Elnaggar, H. , Birkhölzer, Y. A., Tomiyasu, K., Okamoto, J., Liu, B., Du, C. H., Huang, D. J. , Koster, G., & De Groot, F. M. F. (2019). Low-energy orbital excitations in strained LaCoO3 films. Physical Review B, 100(16), [165148]. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.100.165148
Fioretti, A. N., Siol, S. , Birkhölzer, Y. A., Ballif, C., Boccard, M. , & Morales Masis, M. (2019). Development of thin film ZrOS as a p-type transparent conductor. Poster session presented at Materials Research Meeting 2019, Yokohama, Japan.

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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.

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The Netherlands

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