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Thursday, 6 December 2012, 6 p.m., Edinburgh
Materials Science for Enhanced Energy Storage and Conversion

Job Thijssen, Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Royal Society of Edinburgh / BP Trust) at The University of Edinburgh, University of Edinburgh

Sponsorship is provided by and Scottish Oil Club (Students).Wood Mackenzie,

This event occurred on: Thursday, 06 December 2012, 6 p.m.


Funding for student participation from member universities provided by Scottish Oil Club.



Job will present a flavour of the ongoing materials-science research that may contribute to improving the performance of the next generation of batteries and fuel cells. His focus will be on the potential contribution of soft materials.

Soft matter refers to materials that are easily deformed by thermal fluctuations and external forces. More crudely, it refers to all things squishy! Examples in everyday life include paints, pastes, food spreads, blood cells and polymers such as plastics.

Soft materials share several characteristics that are appealing for energy-storage/conversion applications, including the importance of (multiple) length scales of the order of a few nanometres to a few micrometres. This typically results in enormous interfacial areas e.g. for electrochemical reactions, and tuneable mechanical properties. As an example of Job's research, he will discuss soft materials in which the building blocks have been organized using liquid interfaces.


Job is currently a Royal Society of Edinburgh/BP Trust Research Fellow at the Institute for Condensed Matter and Complex Systems, University of Edinburgh, UK. His research focuses on developing novel soft materials for use in the fabrication of the next generation of batteries and fuel cells.

In 2007, he obtained a Ph.D. in the group of Prof. Alfons van Blaaderen at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. His thesis describes the fabrication of crystals consisting of colloids, i.e. micron-sized particles, and their characterization using various microscopy and scattering techniques.

Job has published over 10 papers on organizing colloidal particles using self-assembly and/or liquid interfaces, and/or the characterization of the resulting soft materials, in peer-reviewed international scientific journals. He is also a member of several interdisciplinary societies, including the Materials Research Society and the Young Academy of Scotland.

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