MESA+ University of Twente
Inorganic Materials Science Group

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum vitae Petra Dral
September 2017


Date and place of birth:

31 January 1990, Utrecht

Education and professional experience


PhD student/researcher
MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology, University of Twente, Enschede
Designing and executing materials research, writing scientific publications, visiting international conferences, supervising students, leading plenary discussions on general topics (e.g. ethics of technology, public policy)

PhD thesis:
(defense 1-12-’17)

Water sensitivity and microporosity in organosilica glasses
(related topics: organosilica, inorganic polymerization, structural analysis, microporosity, network relaxation, membranes, coating formulations, hydrothermal stability)

Side project:

2D metal oxides for sensor applications
(related topics: sensing mechanisms, semiconductor electronics, molecular recognition, synthesis methods, hierarchical structures)


Chemical Engineering, University of Twente, Enschede



Chemical Engineering (cum laude)
Molecules & Materials



Thermosets, DSM Ahead B.V., Geleen
The application of virus-like particles in functional coatings
(related topics: virus capsids, supramolecular chemistry, protein purification, silica formation, optical coatings)



Inorganic Materials Science, University of Twente, Enschede
The application of nanosheets as a seed layer for oriented film growth and film transfer
(related topics: nanosheets, layered clay-like materials, epitaxial film growth, pulsed laser deposition, transfer methods, flexible electronics)



Chemical Engineering
Reformed theology, Theological University of Apeldoorn, Apeldoorn

Scientific publications


Dral, A.P., Elshof, J.E. ten. Analyzing microporosity with vapor thermogravimetry and gas pycnometry. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials 258 (2018) 197-204.


Dral, A.P., Lievens, C., Elshof, J.E. ten. Influence of monomer connectivity, network flexibility, and hydrophobicity on the hydrothermal stability of organosilicas. Langmuir 33 (2017) 5527-5536.


Dral, A.P., Tempelman, K., Kappert, E.J., Winnubst, A.J.A., Benes, N.E., Elshof, J.E. ten. Long-term flexibility-based structural evolution and condensation in microporous organosilica membranes for gas separation. Journal of Materials Chemistry A 5 (2017) 1268-1281.


Elshof, J.E. ten, Dral, A.P. Structure-property tuning in hydrothermally stable sol-gel-processed hybrid organosilica molecular sieving membranes. Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology 79 (2016) 279-294.


Dral, A.P., Nijland, M., Koster, G., Elshof, J.E. ten. Film transfer enabled by nanosheet seed layers on arbitrary sacrificial substrates. APL Materials 3 (2015) 056102.


Dral, A.P., Dubbink, D., Nijland, M., Elshof, J.E. ten, Rijnders, G., Koster, G. Atomically defined templates for epitaxial growth of complex oxide thin films. Journal of Visualized Experiments 94 (2014) e52209.

Conference orals

Dral, A.P., Tempelman, K., Kappert, E.J., Winnubst, A.J.A., Benes, N.E., Elshof, J.E. ten. Long-term flexibility-based structural and chemical evolution in microporous organosilica membranes: a problem and solution. 2017 MRS Spring Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona, 17-21 Apr 2017.

Dral, A.P., Kappert, E.J., Tempelman, K., Wenderich, K., Mul, G., Winnubst, A.J.A., Benes, N.E., Elshof, J.E. ten. Studies on ongoing structural changes in hybrid glassy and ceramic materials during prolonged thermal treatment. 14th International Conference European Ceramic Society, Toledo, Spain, 21-25 Jun 2015.

Dral, A.P., Kappert, E.J., Tempelman, K., Winnubst, A.J.A., Benes, N.E., Elshof, J.E. ten. Structural and hydrothermal stability of organosilica membranes. ADEM Conference, Scheveningen, The Netherlands, 21-22 May 2015.

Dral, A.P., Nijland, M., Blank, D.H.A., Rijnders, A.J.H.M., Elshof, J.E. ten, Koster, G. The application of nanosheets as a seed layer for oriented film growth and film transfer. NWO CW Study group meeting, Veldhoven, The Netherlands, 10-11 Feb 2014.

Secondary activities and personal interests


Volunteer Diaconate of the Immanuël Church in Enschede
Supporting in policymaking and contemplation

summer 2011

Volunteer Hospice Enschede
Providing easy physical care and doing household work


Board member Student association VGST
Setting up and directing commissions, minuting general meetings, working out policies, supporting in general activities (25h/wk)

Personal interests: e.g. making pottery, travelling, listening to music, reading, watching talent show clips