Topic：Optical properties of low-dimensional self-assembled molecular systems
Jasper Knoester received his PhD in 1987 at the Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. From 1987-1989 he was postdoc at the University of Rochester, NY, USA. In 1989 he received a Huygens Fellowship from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) and he started his own line of research at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, in the Department of Chemical Physics. In 1993 he was appointed as full professor of Theory of Condensed Matter Physics at this university, a position he has held till today. In the academic year 2001-2002 Knoester was visiting professor at the Chemistry Department of MIT. From 2003-2009 he was Director of the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials at the University of Groningen. The Zernike Institute has been a national center of excellence since 1999 and is a globally top-10 ranked center for materials science. Since 2010, Knoester has been Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering (till 2016 known as the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences) of the University of Groningen.
The main research interests of Jasper Knoester concern optical properties of natural and synthetic materials. He has (co)authored over 175 peer reviewed publications, with a total of over 5500 citations and an h-index of 39. He has presented invited talks at over 100 international conferences and workshops. Since 2008, he has held a guest professorship at Jilin University in Changchun, China.
Knoester is chair and (or) member of a large number of national and international boards and committees, amongst which Dutch Board of Deans of Science, Board Dutch Physical Society, Board Foundation Physica, Supervisory Board NanoNext, Board of Governors NOVA, Board of Governors NIKHEF, Board of Governors Advanced Research Center CBBC (“Chemical Building Blocks Center”), International Board ICL conference, and International Board EXCON conference.