Y.A. Birkhölzer (Yorick)


About Me

Office: CR3219


Yorick works as a PhD candidate in the IMS group under supervision of prof. dr. ing. Guus Rijnders. His focus is on brain-inspired electronics and thin film materials science.

Education is Yorick's passion and he enjoys supervising students in the lab. Furthermore, Yorick works as a junior lecturer at the University College Twente - ATLAS, where he teaches the first year mathematics courses Linear Algebra I and II.






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


Yorick Birkhölzer works on new materials and devices for brain-inspired electronics under supervision of prof. dr. ing. Guus Rijnders. After research stays and experiments in the US, France, and Saudi Arabia, he started his PhD in Applied Physics in 2018.

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. As a member of BRAINS, the center for brain-inspired nano systems, he is interested in using oxide electronics for neuromorphic computing.

Yorick is the contact person for high resolution microXRD experiments. Since summer 2019 he has collaborated with various groups 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, 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, Berlin, 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.

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Yorick Birkhölzer studied at the University of Twente where he graduated cum laude from the MSc program Nanotechnology and prior to that cum laude from the BSc program Advanced Technology.

During his studies, he worked as visiting research student at Stanford University, USA, and KAUST, Saudi Arabia. Furthermore, he performed multiple advanced X-ray experiments at ESRF Grenbole, France.


Within the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology, Yorick gives trainings on the Bruker D8 Discover micro X-ray diffraction setup and supervises Bachelor and Master students in the lab.

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University of Twente
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

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