Daniël Vanmaekelbergh

Daniël Vanmaekelbergh is the recipient of the 2017 Descartes-Huygens Prize. He has been awarded the prize for his outstanding research and his contribution to Franco-Dutch relations.

Vanmaekelbergh will use the Descartes-Huygens prize to intensify his collaborations with the Institute of Electronics, Microelectronics and Nanotechnology (IEMN) in Lille, the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility laboratory (ESRF) in Grenoble, the ESPCI (Ecole supérieure de physique et de chimie industrielles) in Paris, the Néel Institut, CNRS Grenoble, and the LCPO group, University of Bordeaux. One of the objectives of these collaborations is to prepare semiconductors with Dirac-type band structure by nanocrystal assembly (Utrecht) or by nanolithography (Lille, Bordeaux).  

About the laureate

Daniël Vanmaekelbergh (born in 1958 in Belgium) is professor at Utrecht University where he holds a chair in Condensed Matter and Interfaces at the Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science. He is the author of about 250 research articles in top international journals. He has received several large European and Dutch research grants, among them an ERC Advanced Grant for his research in the field of solid state physics and chemistry.