8th of May
In a materialistic world
Innovations in material science

About the symposium

Welcome to the website of the annual Symposium. This year’s theme will be 'Innovation in Material Science'. During this event speakers will be talking about Smart materials, Solar cells, 3D printing and much more topics related to new developments in material science.

Materials form the basis of our environment. Since the dawn of humankind, new uses of materials have driven societal development. Materials innovation is important in fostering technological growth that promotes the wellbeing of society, and also in being able to meet the challenges of enhancing and protecting our environment. Six speakers will share their knowledge on new developments in different sub-fields of material science.

As the organization we hope to welcome you the 8th of May to, what we hope, is a compelling and interesting day.


  • Morning

  • 09 :00
    Registration and Coffee

  • 09 :25
    Word of welcome

    Eva Visser

  • 09 :30

    Prof. dr. ir. Bart Kooi

  • 09 :45
    New materials for solar cells

    Prof. Dr. Jan Anton Koster

  • 10 :30
    Coffee break

  • 11 :00
    Additive manufacturing

    Dr. Thomas Pijper

  • 11 :45
    Non equilibrium materials

    Dr. Liesbeth Janssen

  • 12 :30
    Lunch break

  • Afternoon

  • 13 :40
    Mário Brito

    Si technology: innovative textile functionalization

  • 14 :25
    ir. Bert van Haastrecht

    Large scale additive manufacturing with metals

  • 15 :10
    Coffee break

  • 15 :30
    Yuri Kadin

    Modeling of Rolling Contact Fatigue in Bearings

  • 16 :15
    Concluding remarks

    Prof. dr. ir. Bart Kooi

  • 16 :30

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Dr. Thomas Pijper

Thomas works for Philips’ Personal Care department at the Innovation Cluster Drachten. The Innovation Cluster Drachten is an ecosystem of collaborating high-tech companies and knowledge institutes. It strives to contribute to the solutions for the future, hereby focusing on AM, remote sensoring and big data, robotics, visual intelligence, and all-electric propulsion. Within the ICD, research on AM takes place primarily in a shared facility located on Philips’ Drachten site, and focuses on building up knowledge and finding applications for the 3D printing of metals, high-performance plastics, and technical ceramics.

Dr. Liesbeth Janssen

Liesbeth received her PhD in Theoretical Chemistry (cum laude) from the Radboud University Nijmegen in 2012, where she also received her MSc in Chemistry (summa cum laude) in 2008. She has previously worked in the field of molecular quantum physics, focusing on quantum-mechanical first-principles treatments of molecular photodissociation, scattering processes in an external field, and ultracold controlled chemistry. Following postdoctoral stays at Columbia University, New York and Heinrich-Heine University Duesseldorf, for which she received funding through the Rubicon, Niels Stensen, and Alexander von Humboldt fellowships. She joined Eindhoven University of Technology in 2017 where she is part of the non-equilibrium soft matter group.

Prof. Dr. Jan Anton Koster

Jan Anton received his PhD on the device physics of donor/acceptor-blend photovoltaics in 2007 at the University of Groningen where he also received his master degree in Physics in 2000. From 2006 till 2009 he worked on postdoctoral research at the University of Cambridge in the Optoelectronics group, followed by a postdoc position at the Molecular Materials and Nanosystems group of the TU Eindhoven. In 2011 he started at the University of Groningen where he is now associate professor in Molecular Electronics.

Ir. Bert van Haastrecht

Bert is Manager Science and Platforms in the Materials innovation institute. In this job he manages research - programs at various international universities to develop new materials and their applications for several industrial partners. Before joining M2i, he had several positions in research and innovation management mainly in the metals industry (Tata Steel Europe, formerly known as Corus and Hoogovens). In his last job at in Corus he was innovation manager assisting business units to manage the innovation process. His specialties include research management, innovation management (e.g. road mapping, ideas management and portfolio management), and a broad technological expertise in materials and applications.

Mário Brito

Mário Brito is a Mechanical Engineer graduate from Anglia Ruskin University in England, with work experience as project coordinator and production management. With a solid entrepreneurial vision obtained from his involvement with spin-off and start-up programs from the University of Maryland in the United States, he joined the Smart Inovation team in late 2012. Mário Brito is now the head of the commercial department at Smart Inovation, being responsible for all negotiations, contacts and international development of the company.

Yuri Kadin

Yuri works at SKF, Svenska Kullagerfabriken, at the Research & Technology Development department. The main focus of his current lecture is modeling of Rolling Contact Fatigue and it aims to cover main scientific achievements and challenges related to this interesting topic. The classical methods to tackle the RCF problem will be presented along with the state-of-the-art tools, based on advanced computational mechanics.


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The committee

The organizing committee

From left to right:

  • Sibren Wobben
  • Eva Visser
  • Bradley Spronk
  • Mark Redeman