The emergence of ordered states in interacting electron systems through symmetry breaking phase transitions are a corner stone of contemporary condensed matter physics. The recent discovery of symmetry protected topological states of matter has uncovered a completely new paradigm to realise ordered states of matter.
My research focusses on the interface between these two fundamental principles where new functional materials for future technological advances are waiting to be discovered.
Our research is funded through the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and the foundation for fundamental research on matter (FOM). We also obtain funding by the EU through the BESSYII and SLS lightsources.
In the past I have also obtained funding from ICAM-I2CAM and the NSF.