I joined HIMS in the group of Prof. S. Woutersen in 2020, shortly after obtaining my Ph.D at AMOLF under the supervision of Prof. H.J. Bakker (AMOLF) and Prof. G.H. Koenderink (TU Delft). I study the molecular properties of the building blocks of natural biomaterials, such as spiderweb or bones, to determine the remarkable physical properties required for their biological functionalities. I do this by using physical concepts and multiscale methods, ranging from multidimensional infrared spectroscopy to rheology. In 2021, I was granted the prestigious NWO – VENI grant to investigate the molecular origin osteogenesis imperfecta, which is a life-changing, occasionally lethal, disorder caused by mutations in the genes encoding collagen, the main building block of all human connective tissues such as bones and skin.
Since 2019, I work at HIMS with an NWO-Veni grant and I have a 20% appointment at the Rijksmuseum. In my research, I develop model systems and analytical methods to study the chemical process that change the structural integrity and appearance of oil paintings. This research combines many of the research themes within HIMS, with scientific challenges in the fields of spectroscopy, catalysis, data analysis, and computational modeling. Currently, my main focus is to elucidate the effects of water on several important oil paint degradation pathways. I have (co-)authored 25 peer-reviewed papers, am part of the Netherlands Institute for Conservation, Art & Science (NICAS), and I collaborate with researchers at Northwestern University, TU Eindhoven, and Wageningen University.
I joined HIMS in January 2022 as a Veni laureate. My research is focused on developing vapour-based methods for the deposition of microporous thin films, such as metal organic frameworks (MOFs). I am also interested in integration and application of these thin films into devices for sensing and energy storage. Next to my role at HIMS, I am a research scientist in Solar Energy group at TNO. I was trained as a physicist during my BSc (Sharif University of Technology, Iran) and MSc (EPFL, Switzerland) studies. I then focused on materials science and engineering during my MSc and PhD at Stanford University, United States. In 2016, I moved to the Netherlands and worked as a post-doctoral researcher at TU Delft where I focused on surface engineering of nanoparticles for solar cells and catalysis applications.
Lotte Schreuders is involved in the educational development of the joint degree (UvA/VU) master Chemistry, track Analytical Sciences at the University of Amsterdam. Her work focuses on improving and maintaining quality within the program. One example is the development of interactive, fun, and easily implementable online teaching methods. To allow teachers to devote more time to improve their teaching material, Schreuders also propels a project to enhance administrative efficiency and ensuring proper information flow throughout our courses. Together with two colleagues, Noor Adbulhussain and Mimi den Uijl, Lotte set up an Instagram account (@SistersinScience_NL) to break the current stereotype on chemists and show that: “if you can see it, you can be it”.