Simulations & Theory of Complex Systems
The goal of our two combined groups is to create a synergy between method developments in statistical physics (Goettingen, Germany) and their applications in highly relevant problems in biological systems (Leiden, The Netherlands). Particularly, we focus on the non-covalent interaction between biomolecules and (fluid) interfaces (e.g., lipid membranes, metal surfaces and graphene) as well as the self-organization of (bio)materials (e.g., protein or surfactant self-assembly). My team and I tackle these problems from unconventional angles with the ultimate goal to further the development of medicine and drug delivery methodology. Our general philosophy is that groundbreaking scientific discoveries become entropically unlikely toward the center of each scientific field despite the existence of a highly attractive funding potential.
"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."
NWO Vidi award for chemical sciences 2016 (dr. H.J.Risselada)