Oxford Colloid Group

Department of Chemistry University of Oxford


Education and Employment

1996-2001 Doctoraalexamen(MSc) (Cum Laude) Specialisation in Physical and Colloid Chemistry with a minor in Theoretical Chemistry, University of Utrecht. MSc thesis: "Rotational Dynamics of Spheres in Host Rod Dispersions & Phase Separation in Xanthan Sphere Mixtures". Thesis supervisor: Albert Philipse
2001-2005 PhD (Cum Laude) in Physical and Colloid Chemistry, University of Utrecht 
Ph D thesis: "The interface in demixed colloid-polymer systems - Wetting, waves and droplets" 
Thesis supervisor: Henk Lekkerkerker
2005 Postdoc at the van 't Hoff Laboratory for Physical and Colloid Chemistry, Debye Institute, University of Utrecht as member of the Local Organizing Committee for the 6th Liquid Matter Conference.
2005 - 2006 Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow at the Laboratoire de Physique Statistique of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France
Member of the steering committee of the Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics Group (SMTG) of the Royal Society of Chemistry
2007 - 2013 Lecturer in the Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory and Official Student at Christ Church, Oxford, UK
2013-present Professor of Chemistry and Official Student at Christ Church, Oxford, UK



1997 VNCI(Association of the Dutch Chemical Industry)-Scholarship
1998 VNCI(Association of the Dutch Chemical Industry)-Scholarship
2001 Unilever Research Prize awarded for MSc thesis
2005 DSM Award for Chemistry and Technology for PhD thesis (third prize)
2005 Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship
2006 NTvN prize for best summary of Ph D thesis in Dutch (second prize)
2006 PUG (Provinciaal Utrechts Genootschap van Kunsten en Wetenschappen) prize for Ph D thesis
2007 Degree of Master of Arts by Resolution, Register of Congregation, University of Oxford
2007 Andries Miedema Prize for Ph D thesis
2008 Royal Netherlands Chemical Society (KNCV) Van Arkel Prize for PhD thesis
2008 Institute of Physics (IOP) Liquids and Complex Fluids Group Young Scientist Award
2009 Martinus van Marum Award from the Royal Holland Society of Sciences
More about Professor Dirk Aarts

P.S. If you think Roel and Dirk’s CV’s look quite similar, you are correct! They both started studying chemistry in Utrecht in 1996, before starting their PhDs in 2001, sharing an office for most of the time (N701 – a rather infamous office!) before graduating on the same day in 2005. They then both took up lecturerships in 2007 and now run their groups effectively as one.