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Curriculum vitae Prof. Dr. Ir. (G.) Gertjan Koster

Prof. Dr. Ir. Gertjan Koster

Carre 3247

University of Twente, Enschede

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Master's (‘Doctoraal’) University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands


Title Thesis: “De geldigheid van verfijningsmodellen in de kristallografie” (“The validity of refinement models used in crystallography”), advisor Prof. Dr. D. Feil


Doctorate University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands


Title Thesis: “Artificially layered oxides by pulsed laser deposition” advisor Prof. Dr. H. Rogalla


Associate Professor (Adj. hoogleraar), Inorganic Materials Science, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Twente.


After finishing a master degree on Applied Physics Dr. Ir. G. (Gertjan) Koster performed his PhD on “Artificial layered complex oxides by pulsed laser deposition“, which he defended on September 9th, 1999 advised by prof. dr. H. Rogalla. In that same year he moved to California to join the Kapitulnik-Geballe-Beasley (KGB) group at the Geballe Laboratory for Advanced Materials, Stanford University, briefly as a visiting scholar continuing as a research associate and lecturer. In 2005 he acted as director of the surface characterization laboratory as part of the Stanford Nanocharacterization Laboratory. Mid-2007 he joined the Inorganic Materials Science group, University of Twente, as an assistant professor. Since January 2011, he has been appointed associate professor in Physics of Complex Inorganic nano-materials with tenure track full-professorship eligibility. His research focuses on the structure-property relation of atomically engineered complex (nano)materials, especially thin film ceramic oxides. For the thin film synthesis, he developed the first time-resolved RHEED-system, operating at high pressures up to 100 Pa during pulsed laser deposition. With these systems several new growth phenomena have been observed, leading to new proposals to manipulate the growth behavior of complex materials. The systems are now commercially available (Twente Solid State Technology BV, for whom dr. Koster is acting as a consultant). Current research includes the growth and study of artificial materials, the physics of reduced scale (nanoscale) materials, metal-insulator transitions and in situ photoelectron spectroscopy. This research includes (multi)ferroic, piezoelectric, magnetic and correlated electron complex oxide materials.

Other experience:


Visiting professor QMI, UBC, Vancouver.


Associate professor, Inorg. Materials Science, Faculty of Science and Technology, UT.


Assistant professor, Inorg. Materials Science, Faculty of Science and Technology, UT.


Lecturer and senior scientist, Geballe Lab. for Adv. Materials, Stanford University


Lab director Surface Science Laboratory, Stanford Nano-characterization Laboratory


Research associate, Stanford University and UT.


Post Doc/Visiting scholar, Stanford University


Post Doc, Low Temperature Division, Dept. of Applied Physics, UT.



Member Stuurgroep CW/NWO


COST-action ‘TO-BE’ WG-2 leader (Thin films); MC Netherlands


Faculteitsraad TNW, University of Twente, Chair

Scholarships and prizes:


NWO TALENT stipend, (Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research; equiv. to Rubicon)


VENI scholarship, Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research NWO-STW


Opleidings Onderwijsprijs Advanced Technology