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Prof. Dr. Nathalie Katsonis

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Name: Prof. Dr. Nathalie Katsonis
Room: Carré 4217
Tel: +31 53 489 2629
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Smart and bio-inspired materials

Our aim is to develop smart materials based on chiral liquid crystals. To this end, we rely on controlling the expression, transmission and amplification of chirality, from the nanoscale (the molecule) to the supramolecular level. This research implies a special focus on light-responsive systems also.


Nathalie has completed her PhD in 2004 at the University Paris 6 (France). She subsequently accepted a post-doctoral position with Prof. Feringa at the University of Groningen (the Netherlands), where she extended her research interests to the self-assembly of light-responsive molecules (motors and switches). In parallel she has built expertise in chiral liquid crystals, in particular in light-responsive cholesteric liquid crystals. Nathalie entered the UTwist program of the University of Twente and became tenure-tracked Associate Professor in 2011.


Nathalie has authored or co-authored 31 peer-reviewed research articles which have been cited more than 1000 times. She has published in high impact journals including Nature, Angewandte and JACS. Her Hirsch-index is 17 (Jan 2013). Her complete list of publications can be found here.

Grants and Awards

  • 2013 FOM Projectruimte (Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter)
  • 2012 University of Twente “Prof. De Winter Prize”
  • 2012 Aspasia Grant from the Dutch Science Foundation NWO
  • 2012 ERC Starting Grant
  • 2012 International Exchange Grant from the Royal Society, with Dr. S.P.Fletcher
  • 2011 U-Twist Fellowship of the University of Twente
  • 2010 Vidi grant from the Dutch Science Foundation NWO
  • 2004 Veni grant from the Dutch Science Foundation NWO


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Prof. de Winterprijs 2012: Dr. Nathalie Katsonis from University of Twente on Vimeo.